Product Spotlight: Onions
- Include multiple types of onions in your displays. Red, white, and yellow onions make a great color contrast and will attract customers no matter what their onion needs are.
- Summer: Onions shine for BBQs as a topping for grilled meats. Create a secondary display in the meat department to inspire consumers to add them to their grilled meals.
- Fall: Onions make a great addition to football game-day displays as a topping for burgers or as an addition to game-day salsa and guacamole.
- Winter: Include onions in your soup displays, as they add flavor and texture to any soup. Promote onions during the holidays as an addition to stuffing recipes for any holiday meal.
- Spring: Onions fit perfectly in lots of salads; promote them as a display with other salad vegetables and near your bagged salad displays.
- Onions are very versatile, they can be steamed, baked, grilled, or roasted – this means they can be added to almost any dish.
- ‘NO MORE TEARS’ TIP: Refrigerate onions for 30 minutes before cutting to help cut down on tears. Run onions under warm water to loosen peel.
- Add onions as a topping for sandwiches or burgers, or to salads and salad bars.
- Add a little flavor to your breakfast dishes by adding onions to eggs and omelets.
- In the store: Onions must be kept dry and at room temperature. Wet onions will spoil quickly, so keep them away from the misters and refrigeration.
- At home: Keep onions in a cool, dry, dark place – make sure it is well ventilated. Do not store whole onions in plastic bags; lack of air movement will reduce their storage life. Sweet onions have higher water content, making them more susceptible to bruising and a shorter shelf life. One way to extend the shelf life is to wrap sweet onions in a paper towel or newspaper and place them in the refrigerator to keep them cool and dry.
- You can peel or cut an onion without crying if you cut the root end last, if the onion is cold, or if you cut it while holding the onion under cold running water.
- Over 450 semi-truck loads of onions are eaten every single day!
- You can get rid of ‘onion breath’ by eating parsley.
- The largest onion on record weighed over 10 pounds!
- Onions are 97% water.
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