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Onion Bulb Selection and Storage


Common yellow, white, or red mature onion bulb SELECTION:

onion bulb selection and storage

If you enjoy messiness and waste, sure, go ahead and select the soft, partially-peeled, lop-sided, open-necked bulbs (with a sprinkling of black powdery substance for good measure)!

Otherwise, check…

Is the peel crisp, dry, thin, bright, shiny?
Is the bulb clean, tightly-closed, un-sprouted, well-shaped, firm?

  •     Dark powdery patches beneath the skin indicate mold.
  •     Open-necked bulbs tend toward thick and woods centers.
  •     Sprouted stems indicate agedness.

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Babies & Mamas

If mama eats onions, baby has experienced them before birth.
If mama eats onions, baby has experienced them while nursing.
If mama eats onions, why would baby not want to eat onions?

Of course there ababy food considerationsre common sense baby food considerations. For example, since onions may cause discomforting gas, initially blend only a tiny portion of cooked, pureed onion into a food previously introduced. Due to the sulfur content, you might want to make a game of the first time you offer a thin raw onion ring to your child as finger food – a “look what happens to my eyes when I hold this” kind of a game (stressing HAPPY tears) – or a “mmm, this is lip-smacking delicious” game where you exaggerate the lip smacking. Might you have carefully cooked a few ringlets and offered them…somewhere between the pureed stage and the raw finger food stage? It’s a thought! Many factors come into play.

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Live and Learn  little sunshine onion

onion peels
typical onion peels headed toward the garbage pail

little sunshine onion  Early reading proved to me that onions are truly valuable health enhancers.  

little sunshine onion  Further reading led to the belief that the outermost onion layer is particularly valuable.  Therefore, in the "How Much" post, it seemed a favor to suggest that we not peel beyond the dry, protective portion of the onion peel.

little sunshine onion  Yet, it became increasingly difficult to visualize the initial semi-tender layer being significantly more power-packed than the basic-tender layers. 

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How do YOU visualize sweating onions?

sweating onions in question

Is sweating onions worth the effort?  You decide!

http://whatscookingamerica.net/Q-A/Sweat.htm

http://www.reluctantgourmet.com/how-to-sweat-vegetables/

When I first ran across the term 'sweating' in relation to onions, there were no context clues indicating this was a cooking term.  Therefore, my mind immediately more-or-less visualized... ...continue reading

Mind Tricks

art of cooking onion colors

In a moment... Click on the following link. Examine the scope of the page to your heart's content. Then, temporarily tune out all of it except the featured photo. For me, such a double-take came automatically. One part of my mind registered mouth-watering, wonderfully-seasoned, well-grilled onion slices. Another part of my brain… Well, you try it.   

Grilled Onions

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Green Beans!

geralt pixabay image in Green Beans

For months now I've been living EVERYTHING ONIONS, and it's been fascinating.  I'm beginning to wonder if one of you readers may think, "I can do that!  I can make a website about __________ !"  Likely, you can.  Likely, you can do it better!  Maybe the objects of your focus will be green beans!  You might include everything from recollections of  'end snapping parties' with your siblings, to who knows what, for starters, and then explore for more.

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Wasteful or Wise? table without leftover onion

In a land far away, there is a homemaker who often serves raw, thinly sliced onions. During meals, each family member is free to select what amount he or she wants… in a lettuce or cabbage wrap sandwich, added to black beans, or whatever the meal. At times there are leftover onion slices. Does she place them in the refrigerator to be used the next day? Does she enclose them in a plastic container with a tight lid? Does she enclose them in a glass container with a lid? What does she do with those leftover onion slices? She sets them in a glass bowl and positions that as a kitchen table centerpiece, where it generally remains until the next morning.

WHY?

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How much is too much?

No, not onions!  Who can have too many onions?  layer issues

Have you ever felt too busy to bother with carefully removing an onion’s sturdy tunic … and cut away … and tossed … yet another layer?

Have you ever felt squeamish about eating the initial onion layer, the one directly under the sturdy tunic, since it felt slightly tougher than the next layers?

Guess where many of an onion’s most helpful nutritional and medicinal compounds are located.  Yes! The layer that has absorbed the sun’s energy the longest!

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Versatile is the name of the game.

singing onion praises image
She is listening to me sing onion praises... AND SHE IS SINGING ALONG!

I believe the more you learn about the richness that onions add to our lives, the more you, too, will desire to "count the ways".

The versatile onion is often baked, boiled, braised, broiled, fried, grilled, roasted, or sautéed.

Layered as they are, once cooked, onions are easy to hollow, allowing for interesting stuffing possibilities. 

Onions can be used as a thickening agent for curries and gravies. 

Sometimes onions are pickled in vinegar and eaten as snacks. 

Onion chutneys (onion relishes of a sort) add unique flavors to meals. 
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