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Are cut onions magnets for bacteria???

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I receive a newsletter with interesting odds and ends, and the most recent one has a piece on onions that quotes a food chemist at Mullins Food Products (never heard of it) that says

"...onions are a huge magnet for bacteria, especially uncooked onions.You should never plan to keep a portion of a sliced onion...it's not even safe if you put it in a ziplock bag ...in your refrigerator. It's already contaminated enough just by being cut open and out for a bit, that it can be a danger to you."

You can imagine what he says about the diced onion sitting out at at the hot dog stand.

What the HECK is this? If it's even remotely true, I've been cheating  death for over fifty years.

Worse, I will shortly be chopping twenty-five or so pounds of onions to set out for unsuspecting patrons of our Rotary hot dog stand  over the Father's Day weekend.

Stop me before I kill again!

Mike

On the other hand, it's exactly what I've done for the last fifteen years or so, with no reported fatalities so far. 
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post #2 of 10
    MIKE!  
I would be happy to debate this guy anytime. Th newsletter he mailed you is loaded with bacteria.
      Chopped onions. In most cases after chopping or slicing or dicing they are cooked and subject to heat.
If using diced in raw state, they can be put in a strainer and blanched in boiling water for 30 seconds then cooled . They can also be placed in a clean kitchen towel and run under cold water then squeezed out. This keeps them white and they last longer because you have just removed the oil of onion by doing this. Bacteria is on everything. even the fork given to you  in a restaurant rolled in a napkin has bacteria on it as does the knife. We could go on and on like Howard Hughes did simply keep yourself in an air tight room, wear a mask filter.and don't touch anyone or thing. I call this paranoia. Keep on chopping.

Chef EdB
Over 50 years in food service business 35 as Ex Chef. Specializing in Volume upscale Catering both on and off premise .(former Exec. Chef in the largest on premise caterer in US  with 17 Million Dollars per year annual volume). 
      Well versed in all facets of Continental Cuisine...

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Sounds like bollocks to me also
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 Don't handicap your children by making their lives easy.
Robert A. Heinlein

 
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post #5 of 10
Actually, I've read that onions actually kill bacteria.  I believe onions have been used to disinfect wounds in emergency situations.  I don;t remember the source, but i remember that it seemed serious, not some new age natural healing with funneling of rays from the stars or anything, but that there were actual antibiotic properties, if mild, in onions.  I don't feel like looking it up but you might want to.

I have actually heard that once an onion is cut it's taste leaves it very fast and you should just toss it.  But that;s another question.  I rarely have any piece of leftover onion anyway, so not a problem.  
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Here is a link that will shed some light on this subject: 

www.ispub.com/ostia/index.php
"Ye can lead a man up to the university, but ye can't make him think."

Finley Peter Dunne
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"Ye can lead a man up to the university, but ye can't make him think."

Finley Peter Dunne
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post #7 of 10
........Nathans Hot dogs, mustard, relish, lots of chopped Bacteria laced onions, Call a Doctor, I'm going in.....................Chef Bill
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Originally Posted by FR33_MASON View Post

Here is a link that will shed some light on this subject: 

www.ispub.com/ostia/index.php
 
Very interesting fr33mason.
I remember having read about this as a disinfectant for wounds etc.  Interesting that it's good against pseudomonas, which is a yeast infection. 
"Siduri said, 'Gilgamesh, where are you roaming? You will never find the eternal life that you seek...Savour your food, make each of your days a delight, ... let music and dancing fill your house, love the child who holds you by the hand and give your wife pleasure in your embrace.'"
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"Siduri said, 'Gilgamesh, where are you roaming? You will never find the eternal life that you seek...Savour your food, make each of your days a delight, ... let music and dancing fill your house, love the child who holds you by the hand and give your wife pleasure in your embrace.'"
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post #9 of 10
Nonsense. I had cut onions stored in a wide-mouth jar in the fridge that I eat raw or use it in cooking. It sits in there sometimes for many days yet I never had problems eating onion. Even though high in sugar, the environment is likely to be hostile to microorganisms except mold.
George, Culinary Scientist and author of
http://whatrecipesdonttellyou.com
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post #10 of 10
Like garlic, onions have a high sulfur content (edit) that bacteria seem to dislike..
Edited by kokopuffs - 5/7/10 at 7:03am

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Best and I'm a foodie.   I know very little but the little that I know I want to know very well.

 

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