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Dec 17, 2013 12:51 AM

Raw Onion - McDonald's

I assume the reason is no one had yet tried to sue them (McD's seems to only change policies when faced with legal action) - but I really wonder why after 50-60 years they haven't tried to fix the nasty taste of raw onion by just using the soak method.

Whenever I 'have to' eat a McD product I ask for 'no onion.'

The very acrid taste of most varieties of cut onions left for even a number of minutes creates an unpleasant off-taste that is well known. (When an onion is cut there is a combination of chemicals which continues creating this 'taste.')

McD however is no exception - I constantly find restaurants and sandwich places that still 'don't get it.'

Has anyone found further/better solutions to a 30 minute soak in cold water - with a bit of lime juice or vinegar?

And anyone worked at a McD to tell just how many hours they leave the cut onions 'to develop?' :-)

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  1. Long time ago I read that the CHOPPED onions on their hamburgers are dehydrated, which they soak. I happen to like that particular type of onion flavor, so I tried re-hydrating some dried onions to use on my homemade burgers. Yep, it's the same flavor. Now as for any of their other sandwiches, I haven't tried them, so I don't know if they have fresh sliced onions on those.

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    1. re: i_am_Lois

      The chopped onions are dehydrated, but not soaked, Simply sprinkled on the burgers and rehydrated by the burger fat and juice. (This info is from when I worked the grill 40 years ago, may have changed.) But the OP seems to be talking about sliced onions on Quarter Pounders and such. Not sure if they are soaked in a preserving liquid or what. But it is true that untreated cut onions go 'off' quickly, and it is impractical to slice them 'to order' in a fast food environment.

      1. re: mwhitmore

        Actually you're incorrect, they are reconstituted per the instructions on the bag, put in the frige until they are needed, it takes about a half hour for them to reconstitute. And no she's talking about the reconstituted ones. There's not enough grease or moisture or enough time for them to reconstitute without doing it prior to prepping bun.

    2. why ruin the flavor of onion by soaking it? just because you dont like does not mean all you say is accurate. if you dont like it dont eat it and leave us in peace.

      everyone i know has never mentioned this "off-taste". i think you need to see a Dr you might be having a stroke

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      1. re: Locutus

        I believe a brief browsing of 'onion' on the Chow site will reveal that a great number of people have the same reaction to onions that have been chopped and-or sliced some time ago - and wish to avoid the lousy taste and after-taste.

        Not everyione has been able to get their taste buds and stomach galvanized. :-)

        1. re: jounipesonen

          if you do not like the taste of the onions then at home try chopping with a ceramic knife. Metal has a way of reacting to the acid in onions, if you put an onion thru a blender then you'd know what I mean. But none the less millions of people disagree with you. They don't chopped their onions at the store they are stored in refrigerated packages and the small diced ones are reconstituted dehydrated onions, most kids prefer them to fresh cut onions because they are not as strong tasting, I never ate an onion I didn't like!!!

      2. what's with sueing McD'S, are you an ambulance chaser? Just say 'no onions please' and move on.

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        1. re: treb

          I said reason was that probably no one has sued them - I was not referring to anything I was going to do.

          (I like onions and want onions - but good stuff thanks - not chopped up hours before)

          1. re: jounipesonen

            If you want "good stuff", McDonalds is not the place to go.

            1. re: budlit

              Absolutely agree! But seems other restaurants also use 'aged' onions and was just using McD as an example - main idea was to get other hints than soak and vinegar or lime - but this thing certainly got a life in a different direction.

              1. re: jounipesonen

                When you clearly identify MacDonald's in the CH topic, you are clearly targeting MacDonald's, way more than 'just' an example.

                1. re: treb

                  ok - sorry - didn't have your Rule Book at hand :-)

                  1. re: jounipesonen

                    Say two Hail Mary's, eat four raw onions and you shall be forgiven. Go in Peace........

                      1. re: carolinadawg

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                        1. re: jrvedivici

                          You might want to read a couple of chapters your self! :-)

                          1. re: carolinadawg

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          2. McD's onions taste foul precisely for the reason that they are NOT fresh onions but rather are dehydrated onions. By the way, I know we all have different tastes, but a slice of fresh, raw onion is one of the most common burger toppings in existence, right up there with lettuce and tomato. So I assume most people do not find onions objectionable. But I can't imagine any restaurant, including McD's, not honoring a request to hold the onions if you find them objectionable.

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            1. re: LorenzoGA

              Fast food outlets use 'storage' onions. The name says it all. They store well and so they are cheaper than onions which are more perishable.
              'Sweet onions' have a limited storage life and are seasonal. Feb.-August'. Sweet onions are far tastier and less sulphur tasting hence far more expensive.
              Fast food outlets, when they do use 'fresh' onions pretty much go for the cheapest route.
              'Boutique' burger joints will always serve you a fresh seasonal sweet onion.

              1. re: LorenzoGA

                I indeed enjoy onions - that's why I would like them to be without the acrid taste from hanging around. It's never been a question of not being able to request 'without onions.'

              2. Those "fake" tasting onions are one of the few things I actually like about McD's burgers. I don't like pickles, though, so I ask for no pickles. It's not rocket science to ask for no onions.

                I am very happy for you that this seems to be your biggest problem. I wish I were so lucky.

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                1. re: rockycat

                  I like the onions too. I like when they fall out and I get a fry with an onion stuck to it.

                  I'm not sure what the big deal is. Don't like it, tell them to hold on it.

                  I like extra pickles, so order more. But hate lettuce on a burger so always skip it.

                  1. re: rockycat

                    Not a question of getting without - just would like establishments offering onions might aim at making them 'good.'

                    1. re: jounipesonen

                      You think MacDonald's is about good?

                      1. re: magiesmom

                        Absolutely NOT - the coffee is often damn good though - and the WCs make the grade - :-).

                        The Fries are inedible to me except when direly hungry.

                        Actually I should say the Sausage McMuffin is surprisingly decent.

                        1. re: jounipesonen

                          +1 coffee.....and I find most of their biscuit breakfast sandwiches to be very good. I will go out of my way for a sausage, egg and cheese biscuit.

                          1. re: jrvedivici

                            They don't do biscuits in Finland but the muffin stuff is fine even if expensive - over $4.

                            They did an Italian sandwich on Ciabatta here once but they probably had to kill it as it was competing with the horrid burgers.