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Old 12-29-2007, 11:25 PM   #1
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How big is a medium onion?

Is it safe to assume that 1 medium onion = ~0.75lb?

If so then how many cups of chopped onion should I expect to get? I'm asking because I wanted to take a short cut and get the prepackaged McCormick chopped onion bottle, but I only bought a single 3oz container

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Old 12-29-2007, 11:33 PM   #2
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you mean dehydrated onions? they are concentrated so you'll have quite a few onions in the little jar.

dehydrated onions or even onion powder can't always be subbed for fresh onion. (and vise versa) I'm not sure what your recipe is for but if it calls for fresh onion I'd use fresh onion.

I only use onion powder if I'm making a spice mix to say toss fried potatoes in, or as a rub for ribs.

If you want to post the recipe or tell us what your doing, perhaps one of use can give you a better idea about what to do :)

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Old 12-29-2007, 11:33 PM   #3
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Not sure how much a medium onion weighs, but I would guess about 1 cup of chopped onion.
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Old 12-30-2007, 01:10 AM   #4
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I just went into the kitchen and the only onion I could find (we gotta ger some more tomorrow) was what I would call medium to large. I weighed 12.7 ounces.

Thinly diced, I would say half a cup.
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Old 12-30-2007, 07:34 AM   #5
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Just chop up some fresh onions and keep them in a jar in your fridge. I only use those dehydrated onions if I need to add a little more onion to a soup or casserole. They don't taste like fresh onions at all. lol.. onions are the easiest and fastest vegs to chop.
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Old 12-30-2007, 10:14 AM   #6
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Per the minced onion I have in the cabinet:
2 T minced onion = 1/3 cup fresh minced onion = 1 medium onion, chopped
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Old 12-30-2007, 04:54 PM   #7
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Per the minced onion I have in the cabinet:
2 T minced onion = 1/3 cup fresh minced onion = 1 medium onion, chopped
That makes sense, a dried onion would be a far limited amount of fresh,.
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Just chop up some fresh onions and keep them in a jar in your fridge. I only use those dehydrated onions if I need to add a little more onion to a soup or casserole. They don't taste like fresh onions at all. lol.. onions are the easiest and fastest vegs to chop.

When I come back to Houston I may need your help then. I chopped up my first shallot yesterday, and it took me nearly 2 hours. Part of it was because I'm unfamiliar with the techniques on how to chop up food quickly with a knife, and the other was because my eyes and nose couldn't take it for very long. I don't remember the last time I cried, but yesterday was pretty bad.
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Per the minced onion I have in the cabinet:
2 T minced onion = 1/3 cup fresh minced onion = 1 medium onion, chopped
Good stuff. Thanks!!
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Old 12-31-2007, 11:16 AM   #10
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Onion size

I am not sure of anything "official" with respect to sizing of onions, but here is the guideline I have always used:

Medium = Baseball size
Large = Softball size
Giant = larger than softball, up to 5-pin bowling ball size. And yes, I have seen and used onions that large
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