Video:How to Select Onionswith Gretchen Siegchrist
The lowly onion is a humble vegetable. But picking the best onions at the market will enhance the flavor of your cooking. See how to select the best onions and avoid the bad ones.See Transcript
Transcript:How to Select OnionsHi, I am Gretchen Siegchrist for About.com. I have got some tips for you to remember when you are picking out onions at the market.
Identifying Healthy OnionsStorage onions have a dry, papery skin on the outside. Look for ones that are intact at the base and the bulb, and tight around the rest of the onion. Avoid onions like this one, that are losing their skin and leaving the part underneath exposed.
Avoid Green Onion SproutsYou will also want to look out for onions with green sprouts coming out the bulb end. If yours at home start to do this, use them right away or throw them out.
Check for Mold and Soft SpotsAlways check onions for signs of mold, and you should avoid ones with soft spots like this. Instead, look for an onion that is firm all the way around.
Storing OnionsNow that you know how to select the best onions at the store, make sure to keep them that way by storing them in the dark, at room temperature, in a wire basket or something else that lets air circulate around them.
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