Raley’s supermarket publishes a free magazine with recipes and hints.
This month a tip was to cut the leg off an old pair of clean pantyhose. Drop an onion in and tie a knot ... onion, knot, onion, knot until you run out of either onions or pantyhose. Hang in a cool, dark, ventilated area.
Cut onions off as needed.
A web search seems to verify this works and it is especially good with onions that don’t last as long, like Vidalia’s. This is one site that mentions it and even has a link to a recipe for a chocolate cake made with Vidalia onions.
If one onion goes bad, it won’t spoil the others.
Raley’s claims that if L’eggs pantyhose are used, the synthetic fiber repels rodents and insects. I didn’t check to see if Raley’s had L’eggs on sale this month. I didn’t see varmit-repelling mentioned elsewhere, so I don’t know if it is just L’eggs or any pantyhose. I wonder if L’eggs repels insects while you are wearing them.
Raley's also says that wrapping the onion in Renold's wrap will prolong the storage time of the onion. They don't say if that is in addtion to putting them in pantyhose or instead of.
They also mentioned that washing your hands with Colgate regular flavor toothpaste removes the odor of onion from your hands. Chewing Wrigley’s Spearmint gum will keep you from crying while slicing onions. I’m really going to have to check that circular for what’s on sale. These hints seem VERY brand specific.
There is only one brief Chowhound mention a few years back about storing onions in pantyhose and the poster said the onions lasted a year if kept this way. (Love the way the Chowhound search engine highlights the words being searched)
Other onion things I learned while googling to verify some of this:
- onions shouldn’t be stored with potatoes because the moisture potatoes give off makes the onions rot quicker.
- if the onion has sprouted, the sprouted part can be used as a substitute for scallions. Never thought about this before. I bet that green part could be used in soups and quiches.
Ironic that my first topic on the new software would be on Home Cooking.
So does anyone else have any good onion hints?