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Jan 6, 2007 04:10 PM

Sprouted Onions

Can I still use these? Or does the sprout affect the flavor of the onion?

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  1. they won't hurt you, but they will make you cry. i find that chopping an old onion sends me sobbing for the kleenex box. that's why i resist the "bargain" big ol' bag of onions, and just buy a couple at a time. by the time i can use them all up, the last rascals "get me"!
    (if you do decide to use them, pull the sprout out, as it will have a different flavor than the onion itself.)

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    1. re: chez cherie

      The crying is no big deal. I'm actually incredibly sensitive to onion and cry when cutting any kind, even shallots. For some reason, my eyes just can't handle onion in any form. So, I cut through a veil of tears.
      Thank you chez cherie! It's good to know that I don't have to waste these!

      1. re: chez cherie

        If you put the onion in the freezer about 10 minutes before chopping it, it really helps to avoid the tears!

      2. I have noticed these at most of the online cooking stores. I intend to buy a pair. Great idea: Onion goggles.

        1. I'm a big raw-onion fan, but once they sprout they're too strong to do anything but cook 'em.

          1. If you use a SHARP knife you'll barely cry as you'll break less of the capsules that contain the irritant.

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            1. re: jbyoga

              I could use a samurai sword and still cry. I'm just extremely sensitive to onion.

            2. americas test kitchen ran tests on various items and methods alleged to prevent or diminish tears when facing onion chopping....none (including the goggles) made any difference.