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Old 01-04-2015, 11:03 AM   #11
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Yeah, the "1 onion chopped" is really a terrible measurement. The onions that I buy tend to be on the larger side, so I usually use half in say a spaghetti sauce. I also tend to saute onions until they are quite soft before putting them in anything, one for the flavor and two because I kinda want the pieces of onion to almost go away in the final product, so I start with more raw onions than it looks like I need.
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Old 01-04-2015, 01:57 PM   #12
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1 onion in my mother's kitchen and one in mine are a huge difference. I buy those humongous onions in Sam's club or even in restaurant depot, my om buy shallots. she maybe gets a third of a cup out of her 1 onion, I get 2, maybe more cups.
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Old 01-04-2015, 02:33 PM   #13
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Imprecise ingredient quantities have long been a pet peeve of mine.

Any fruit or vegetable can vary so much in size that small, medium and large mean little. Volume measures would be better and weight would be best.

This peeve extends to cans too. A "small can of tomato sauce". Really? There are three sizes of tomato sauce cans on the grocer's shelf (8 Oz., 14.5 Oz., and 28 Oz.) Were you considering all three when you wrote 'small' or just the 14.5 and 28 ounce sizes? At least tell me which can to buy in ounces, grams, cups or milliliters.

Rant over.

I usually just grab an appropriately sized onion and go with that.
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Old 01-04-2015, 02:52 PM   #14
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A year or two ago, I didn't buy enough onions, so I had to make do with using only half of each onion.

I didn't notice any difference either.

The other half always get used soon enough. I put it in a zip bag and put the bag on top of the rest of the onions so I woldm't forget.

I did have an unusual experience where I forgot the onion as well as the garlic in a pot of split peas. BIG difference, but really nice flavor for a change.
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Old 01-04-2015, 07:05 PM   #15
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interesting replys. Thanks for sharing!
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Old 01-04-2015, 07:57 PM   #16
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It's time to switch everything into grams. Of course it would be silly to measure onion in grams for a soup😏


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Old 01-04-2015, 10:20 PM   #17
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I always try to buy onions all the same size ( or approximately the same size). This way I have some consistency, at least among myself. So even if it is an error when comparing it to what the author of the recipe intended, I have consistent results every time.
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Old 01-04-2015, 11:22 PM   #18
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It's time to switch everything into grams. Of course it would be silly to measure onion in grams for a soup��
Oh, no Charlie: That's all we need is to change out measurements. We still can't agree how much a half on onion is!

Do you really think this is the time to change our measurements?

You're a smart man. Can't you figure our a better way???

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Old 01-04-2015, 11:39 PM   #19
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Gah! No switching to metric! I didn't understand it in 5th grade, and I sure as heck won't be able to figure it out now!

I never follow recipes anyway. If the recipe is so persnickety as to require 1/2 cup of chopped onion, I just throw the rest of the onion in, or freeze the leftover onion.
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Old 01-04-2015, 11:46 PM   #20
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I never did understand metric, well, I learned a little. A meter is 2.2 feet (i think) or about 40".

A kilo is 2.2 # - I think.
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