Know Your Onions

Know Your Onions

This indispensable bulb, used worldwide, differs from nation to nation and from season to season. Onions vary from tiny red onions of pickling size to those as big as grapefruit. Subsequently, whenever a big onion is stipulated, it could possibly mean various things to various individuals.

To introduce some uniformity in judging how big the onions, here is the guide. A big onion is 1 that weights over 250g (8 oz); a medium onion is approximately 125g (4 oz); a little onion weights in around 60g (2 oz). Weigh a few onions to obtain an idea of the sizes and it'll help you save a great deal deliberation.

Flavor and pungency also vary greatly, however your discretion and judgment being a cook to tell you when you should increase or reduce the amount is anticipated. The little purple shallots so popular in Asian countries aren't very easily readily available in Australia, so recipes have been tested using the common white or brown onion. In the event you do get your hands on some shallots, use them of course, but in a smaller quantity than onion, and be certain to cook them very carefully and never let them burn.

Scallions may also be useful in Asian food and generally both white and green parts go into the recipe unless of course otherwise stated. Oddly, in Australia the scallion is known as a shallot; scallions are also recognized as green onions or spring onions. Those best for the purpose are straight, with out a big, well developed bulb.

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