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How to Mellow the Flavor of Raw Onions

When I make guacamole, I prefer to use green onions instead of red or white onions because the green have a milder flavor. However, I recently tested a recipe where the raw white onions were soaked in water for a few minutes before being added to the avocado. The resulting minced onions were noticeably less strong with a somewhat sweeter, more mellow flavor. When the guacamole was finished, rather than overpower the dish, the onions complemented it. Here's what you do:

  1. Slice or dice the onion according to your recipe.
  2. Place in a bowl and cover with water. Let sit on the counter for five to 10 minutes.
  3. Drain, discarding the water and reserving the onions. Use immediately!

Have you done this before? How do you feel about raw onions?

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RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 6 years
Oh great idea! I do like the taste of raw onions, but sometimes it's just too much.. especially if you can't get the taste out of your mouth afterwards.
pink-pirate pink-pirate 6 years
I only like cooked onions. I can just about tolerate raw red onions if they're really finely chopped. All the sweetness comes out when they're cooked - that's what makes them so delicious!
fudgeit fudgeit 6 years
oh! another way to do this is by slicing or chopping up the onion, placing it in a plate, sprinkling on lots of salt and leave for ten minutes or so. generally we do this for red onions in dips or salads. the salt turns green and takes away the eye watering sharpness out of the onion.
amber512 amber512 6 years
I LOVE raw onions. I can totally eat them plain as well. Awesome flavor. The only problem? My stomach can't stand it when I eat raw onions (or apples, or pineapples, or citrus in general). Grrr!
Spectra Spectra 6 years
Call me strange, but I love raw onions. Just plain ol' raw onions. I don't soak them or anything...I really just like them plain.
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