Vidalia Onions - A Seasonal Ingredient that Adds Sweetness to Any Dish
Posted: Friday, July 1, 2011
We look forward to spring and summer for many reasons, one of which is the arrival of Vidalia onions in our Produce Departments. This sweet vegetable has a higher water content than other onions, which contributes to its sweet taste. However, the down side of that is the shortened shelf life and their susceptibility to bruising. If you love this sweet onion, here are a few tips to help make them last longer:
- Vidalias keep best in the vegetable drawer in the refrigerator. To help absorb the moisture, wrap each bulb individually in paper toweling. Storing them in this way will keep them for months.
- Another way to store Vidalia onions is to keep them in the legs of a pair of clean, sheer pantyhose! Tie a knot in between each and cut above the knot when you want to use one.
- Do not store with potatoes, as they will make the onions go bad quicker.
- For longer storage, chop the onion and spread it out on a cookie sheet, then place it in the freezer. When completely frozen, remove and seal in zipper-closure freezer bags and use as needed in cooking only.
You can enjoy the sweet flavor of Vidalia onions simply sliced or chopped and added to your favorite summer salads, or grill slices to top a juicy burger. We encourage you to try our version of a classic Italian Panzanella Salad (pictured above) with just a touch of this sweet onion flavor.