Blog By carausher on 19 May 2017

How to Make an Onion Less Strong

Onion is a great way to add flavor to a meal. Sometimes, though you just want a little less of that ‘onion’ flavor, right? Perhaps, for freshness of your breath? We’ve all been there before, biting into some sort of delicious looking food, only to find out that the onion inside of it is overpowering beyond all imagination. Well, guess what? There is a way to lessen the strength of an onion..and we know the secret!

The Secret

The reason why an onion has such a strong taste is because, when we cut into the onion, the damaged onion leaks out enzymes which become incredibly potent when they come in contact with the air. It’s these enzymes that give the onion a powerful, pungent bite.

With this in mind the question becomes, “How do we get rid of these leaked enzymes?” It’s easier than you think. You get rid of those unwanted onion enzymes by putting the chopped onion in ice cold water before cutting into it. You don’t have to scrub them hard, you just need to make sure the all of onion pieces are washed well. Let the onion sit in a bowl of ice water for at least 15 minutes. The water will leach the onion enzymes, leaving the onion with a softer, more palatable taste.

It’s really that simple. Cut the onion, add the onion to a bowl of ice water, prep other parts of your meal for 15 minutes, and voila, a less strong onion! That’s the secret. 

Now that you know how to make onions less strong, you’re one step closer to being a culinary expert. You just have to learn how to properly prepare other vegetables, fruits, cuts of meat, grains, and others. Learning this just takes time and practice! Or you can check out IONutirition. IONutrition delivers delicious ready-to-eat meals straight to your front door so you can enjoy food without the mess and stress of planning and preparation. Whether you enjoy paleo or vegetarian options, IONutrition has something for you.