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Yellow Onion

Yellow Onion

Yellow onions are the most popular onions for cooking as they add flavor to stews, soups, and meat dishes. When a recipe calls for an onion and doesn’t specify a color, it is typically referring to yellow onions. They have yellow-brown papery skin on the outside and white flesh on the inside.

Yellow onions have a higher sulfur content than other onions, giving them a more pungent flavor and smell, Most people believe they are too strong to eat raw but they have excellent flavor when cooked.

Seasonality

Year-Round

Selection & Storage

Dry bulb onions should be firm and have little to no scent.

Avoid bulbs with any cuts, bruises, or blemishes. When purchasing whole peeled onions,select ones with an outside layer that does not show signs of being dehydrated.

Whole peeled onions should be refrigerated after purchasing.

Cut onions can be stored in a sealed container for up to 7 days.

If you buy pre-cut onions, always keep refrigerated and use before the expiration date.

Clever Uses

Give metal cutlery a new shine and remove rust by scrubbing with onion slices or a paste of crushed onion and water.

Scrub a burnt or gunky pot with half an onion, and then let it soak in the onion juice. Wash as usual and the mess comes off easily.

Heat the grill, then spear half an onion with a fork and glide it over the grates to remove grease and charred bits of food.

Place a bowl of sliced onions and water in a freshly painted room to absorb the chemical odor.

Food Science

It’s a myth that the strong smell of onions cause you to cry when cutting into them. The truth is, as you cut into an onion, you release a strong sulfur compound that wafts upwards toward your eyes. When the gas reacts with the moisture in your eyes, it begins to burn, causing tears

Cooking Tips

Sweating is a cooking method which gently cooks the onion to soften its texture, increase its sweetness, and reduce the sulfur content, resulting in a milder taste. Sweating onions for dishes, such as risottos, rice pilafs and braised meats infuses these dishes with a sweet onion flavor.

Sautéed onions are browned, which creates a rich sweet flavor. Sautéed onions are good combination when added to other sautéed vegetables, soups and pasta dishes.

Caramelizing onions creates a unique flavor. Once the onion's sugars have caramelized, there are many flavor compounds developed that provide a variety of sweet, rich flavors. Carmelized onions are excellent added to salads, sandwiches, and eggs.

Health Benefits

Yellow onions are high in vitamin C, a good source of fiber, and with only 45 calories per serving.

Yellow onions are sodium, fat, and cholesterol free, and provide a number of other key nutrients.

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