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Sweet Onions

Get tips and recipes for cooking with sweet onions.

Delicately flavored sweet onions (Vidalia and Walla Walla) are best for cooking, especially in recipes that call for raw or caramelized onions.

No More Tears

Slicing into raw onions releases the sulfur that causes those stinging tears. Grown in low-sulfur soils, sweet onions contain considerably less sulfur than other onions, so they aren't tearjerkers. And they're also less likely to cause indigestion.

Storing Onions

Thin-skinned sweet onions are more fragile than other varieties and need a little extra care to prevent bruising. They do best stored in the refrigerator, wrapped in paper towels to keep them dry. If you have part of an onion left over, tightly wrap cut onion in plastic wrap and refrigerated.

Sep. 6, 2009 12:10 pm
Thank you for the information on sweet onions and their history. Tips that like that help me in planning my menus for the week.
Della Steele 
Nov. 24, 2009 6:47 am
Thank you for the information on onions. My husband is a big onion eater. This information helps me with the choosing of my onions.
Dec. 21, 2009 6:55 pm
I love onions. I had an onion raiser to tell me years ago that the flatter the onion the sweeter it is. And it's true.
Jan. 29, 2010 5:22 am
I am a real onion lover,I have them nearly every meal in one form or other....My favorite is the walla walla when I can get them......Jaythecook....Jan.29.2010
Aug. 14, 2010 5:14 pm
Sweet onions instead of sugar. A family secret to making great pasta sauce. Brown vidalia onions in olive oil in bottom of sauce pan before adding tomato sauce.
Aug. 15, 2010 5:36 am
I never cry! I keep my onions in the refrigerator. And use a shark knife for peeling and chopping. My mom used to store onions under the sink. Those were some tearful times.
Nov. 26, 2010 10:39 am
Hmmm. Sweet onions carmalized with mushrooms, butter and a little salt and pepper. All served on top of a grilled steak. Even after stuffing my face all day yesterday (Thanksgiving) my stomach is growling just thinking about it.
Dec. 23, 2010 1:34 pm
I am a real onion lover, i prefer Vidalia's. Can never wait to get them every year.
Dec. 27, 2010 7:18 pm
Walla Walla Sweets Caramelized = Candy Done in Butter makes them awesome
Jan. 6, 2011 9:54 pm
1015 onions from Texas are the sweetest,A&M University developed them.
Feb. 3, 2011 10:27 am
Did you know that the flatter the onion the sweeter it will be? True. Look for the flatest ones you can find. They're the best.
Feb. 3, 2011 10:33 am
I've been making carmelized sweet onions with baby portobello mushrooms. Instead of all butter, I used 1/2 and 1/2 with citrus infused EVOO. Spectacular. Gives the dish a back of the tongue.... hummm. I bought some Meyer Lemon infused EVOO and have since been making my own citrus flavored with the best EVOO I can find. The lemon and orange oils come from King Arthur Flour and are used primarily for baking.
Feb. 6, 2011 12:42 am
I saw on Martha Stewart to have a lighted candle right by where you are cutting onions. Stops the tears!
Feb. 21, 2011 1:45 pm
If I don't have onions I get alumdepraphobia
Mar. 24, 2011 8:59 pm
Ditto Stitchery's comment below. Thank you.
Jul. 1, 2011 10:55 am
I like to take peeled sweet onions, cut the ends off, and quarter. I wrap them in foil and had 2 - 3 tablespoons of butter and grill for an hour. Once they're done, I top them with freshly grated Parmesan cheese.
Jul. 3, 2011 9:54 pm
Sweet onion sliced thin and placed on a soft hamburger bun. Spread butter on both sides, mayonaze on the other side top with thinly sliced sweet onion, sprinkle with salt and pepper. Mmmmm enjoy enjoy. good for you too heard that raw onions keep colds away.
Aug. 8, 2011 10:52 am
This was my grandfathers favorite sandwich. Sweet onions and honey. Hope someone gives it a try and lets me know how they liked it.
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