10 Tips: On Onions

10 great tips on how to pic, store and grille onions!! Red, yellow or white, onions are used in practically all of my dinner recipes. They bring so much flavor to dishes and if you are like my Papa you will enjoy them raw.

Today I bring you a 10 tips on how to pick, slice, store and cook this awesome vegetable!

1. Cutting an onion actually releases a gas into the air causing you to form tears. How do you prevent the water works?? You can start by refrigerating the onion first and cut the root end of the onion last. Place the onion under water when you peel it. Keep your mouth closed and if all else fails wear some goggles (HA!).
2. You can peel white onions easier by placing them in boiling water for 1-2 minutes.
3. If you love onions but not a big fan of the strong taste, slice the onion, separate the rings and place them in cold water for about an hour. After cut them to your desire, toss them in your salad and enjoy!
4. Just like my avocado tip, rub the cut side of the onion with butter and it will remain fresh longer.
5. Use a sharp knife to cut as a dull or serrated will only mash the onion…more mess and more tears!
6. If you like to prep ingredients in advance, place your chopped or sliced onions in an air-tight Ziplock bag and then place that into another. This will keep your fridge and food reeking like it.
7. If you are only going to use some of the onion leave the skin on and only cut off what you need. By leaving the skin on the onion before placing it into the fridge will allow it to keep longer.
8. When buying onions avoid ones that are soft or sprouting.
9. Do not store your onions next to potatoes (your potatoes will spoil quicker).
10. If you want to grill your onion use these two ways: place foil over the grates and cook your onion on top or cut your onion into wedges and then place them on wooden skewers.

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  1. Elizabeth commented:
    January 22, 2013 Reply

    My parents used to own a restaurant and when it was time to chop onions for the day they would always put a small piece of bread in their mouth. Supposedly it helped with the tears. I’ve never done it.

    • Amy Romano commented:
      January 23, 2013 Reply

      Elizabeth I am always looking for new ways to prevent the tears!! I will try this next time thanks 😉

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