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TigerExtreme
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A question about onions

The last couple of years I've noticed I don't handle onions as well as when I was young. If I eat raw onion like what is on a hamburger or salad I wake up in the middle of the night and my mouth feels awful and I can't drink enough water.
What is the mildest onion out there? I don't want to give them up because I love them. I normally eat yellow onions when I do.


BRgetthenet
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re: A question about onions
What about if you sweat them down and make them taste sweet?

Problems then too?


AlmaDawg
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re: A question about onions
Vidalia onions from GA are very mild.

There is a hybrid variety that UGA has developed called Savannah Sweets that are super mild and sweet also.


BRgetthenet
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re: A question about onions
I buy Vidalia here in LA. I love them.

I use one a day either with dinner or eggwhites in the a.m.


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skygod123
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re: A question about onions
what about using shallots? They have that nice aroma, but arent as pungent.


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Zach
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I know there are all kinds of food allergies but I'm surprised that your symptom is dry mouth and thirst. Have you experimented by eating a burger with no onion?


TigerExtreme
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Have had a burger with no onion and no problems. How do you 'sweat' down an onion?


Zach
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Saute till it turns kind of clear. It will lose a lot of strong smell/flavor.
The reason I'm surprised is that onions don't have much salt. That's what usually causes thirst at night.
The only food allergy I've got is Mahi Mahi. Love the stuff but it makes me scratch my forearms all night till they turn red. Found out that it's the high iodine content. Mahi Mahi has more iodine than other fish.


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Darla Hood
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Get more specific with "feels awful." Like your mouth is burning? Are you trying to cool it down with water?


TigerExtreme
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Mouth not burning but a real bad taste in my mouth and I feel like I'm dying of thirst.


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Gris Gris
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Could be a reaction to the sulphur in the onions?


Rbama13
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I find red onions/purple onions to be milder than white or yellow.

I cook my onions for my burgers this way:

Peel 1 Red Onion
Place Onion in double wrapped aluminum foil
Put Olive Oil and Tonys on onion.
Put Foil Covered Onion in Coals for 30-45 Mins.

The onion will have a very nice roasted sweet taste to it. Some Lebanese people taught me this trick and it is awesome with a burger.


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RaginCajunz
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I actually experience the very same thing. As suggested, I think it may be some sort of reaction to the sulphur. It's not terrible enough to make me stop eating them, but I do find myself very thirsty hours later and that dry mouth feel lingering. Cooked do not yield the same result, only raw.

Also, my limited raw onion consumption tends to be with high sodium items. Gyro wraps, tacos (onion/cilantro) and the occasional Jimmy Johns Italian Night Club sammich.


Stadium Rat
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Might upset the purists on here, but you could also try dried minced onions. Soak them in a little water to reconstitute them and either add them as is or saute a little and add. I find they give a milder flavor. It's what many commercial burgers are made with. Examples are McDonald's, Frostop and Kastleburger.


Jimbeaux
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Stadium Rat!

Always bringing the knowledge to the Food Board! I love your posts. I'm still contemplating the cooked shrimp question. ( other thread)

As for the onions, I get that same sensation, and it's getting worse as I age. Used to be that only raw whites and yellows would cause this, so I tried to stick to the purples(reds). Now, I get the sour mouth and acid burning with them as well.

The saute'd options are a fine suggestion, but the dried and reconstituted method may be worth a shot!


Stadium Rat
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Thanks, Jimbeaux.


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