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Rainey



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 26, 2008 11:07 pm    Post subject: Silly little technique Reply with quote

This is so dopey it's probably idiotic of me to even bring it up, but I wonder if anyone else does this. When I want just the essence of raw onion (hate biting into it except on a hot dog) I take a paring knife and drag it across the cut surface of an onion so that I get some juices and a tiny bit of liquid/pulp.

Perfect to just perfume a bit of tartar sauce (which is what I did this afternoon when I finished up some fish for lunch), some compound butter or even tuna salad.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 27, 2008 8:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well Rainey, if that's dopey - long may you be dopey! I have never even thought of it but it's going to sit in my head ready for use when I want it now!
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 27, 2008 12:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Brilliant idea! I cannot stomach raw onion, so will be using this method in future when I want that hint of flavour without the upset stomach afterwards.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 27, 2008 1:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have not done that, but it's like rubbing down a bowl with garlic. Good thinking Rainey!
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gingerpale



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 27, 2008 3:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You'd get lots of mileage from an onion that way. Is it the flavor, or the texture, that puts people off raw onions? Those "Vidalia"-type onions are supposed to be very sweet--people seen chomping into them like apples.


Erin! I see now you have a blog "The Endive Chronicles"
AND you are moving to Seattle. (Is there a connection between these two?) You must be on the ceiling!
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 27, 2008 5:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

GP, Yes, I have started my blog a few months ago and am having a lot of fun with it. We found out on Monday that we are heading home and you are right I am on the ceiling. As a matter of fact, I had so many phone calls and did so much cheering that by the evening I had almost totally lost my voice. My parents still don't know we are moving back, they are in Mexico.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 27, 2008 6:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

.. Very Happy .. how very very nice that you got your wish!
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 02, 2008 11:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yaaay Erin! Welcome home!

Rainey, I too hate that onion biting thing- thought I was the only soul on the planet who could only cook with them and who has spent a lifetime picking raw onions out of food. I got around it by using my ginger grater, then the occasional toss about with the Microplane to get juice instead of chunks.

On Passover time, my Dad would take a cut onion half, rub down the matzo and then butter and salt it generously at breakfast. In every fridge in my immediate family there will inevitably be a zip bag with a beat-to-death brown onion half, gummed up with matzo fallout.

Can't WAIT for Passover again!
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sweetbabyjames



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 03, 2008 4:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I never would've figured raw onions could be so disagreeable. I sprinkle them on lots of dishes myself.

Otherwise, I love this idea Rainey. I could especially see using it in a velvety savory custard.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 03, 2008 5:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yup! I don't like them at all and my husband is, like you, putting great chunks of them in all manner of things. I have to chop up a pinch bowl of them for him so he can add them after I've had my blander but oh-so-preferable portion. Wink

When I want a more assertive onion flavor it's green onions I prefer raw or else, as for salad dressing, I have to mince them into barely discernible bits and let the acid in the vinegar do the work of mellowing them.
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Lilia Dignan



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 03, 2008 6:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What a great way to get the onion flavor. I don't use raw onions because I could smell it on someone who had it for several hours, it seems! There is already a standing order to saute the onions before adding it to anything at chez moi but if he cheats, I always know...........
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 06, 2008 5:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i also cannot take the consistency of raw onions....this is a great idea rainey....nothing wrong with simplicity!
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