Ever wonder why some recipes call for Yellow Onions and some call for Red? What is the difference and how to decide which to use? Just the thought of them brings tears to your eyes.
Onions vary slightly in flavor, texture and colour. When buying onions, go for the ones that feel heavy and firm in your hand.
Storing your onions
Keen bunched scallions and leeks in the vegetable bin of the refrigerator an use within 4 days. All other types should be stored in a cool, dry place for up to 2 weeks.
How to use them
Sometimes mistaken for garlic because of their similar shape, shallots have a sweet, bold flavor. Ideal in sauces and gravies, or sauteed and added to vegetable side dishes. Deep fried and used as a topping in Chinese cuisine, fried shallots are aromatic and adds flavor to the dish.
The odd-guys out in the onion family for its deep purple skin and reddish flesh, Red Onions are great choice for using raw, as in salads, garnishes or salsas. They are slightly less tender and meaty, and has a relatively milder flavor.
Sometimes referred to as green onions, they have a pleasing mild flavor that lends itself to using raw in salads as well as in quick-cooking dishes like stir-fries.