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Lady Cooksalot
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« on: May 28, 2009, 07:49:10 AM »

Every body should read this...

I have used an onion which has been left in the fridge, and sometimes I
Don't use a whole one at one time, so save the other half for later. Now
With this info, I have changed my mind....will buy smaller onions in the
Future...

Written by Zola Gorgon - author of several cookbooks..
Watch out for those spoiled onions...

I had the wonderful privilege of touring Mullins Food Products, makers of
Mayonnaise.     Mullins is huge, and is owned by 11 brothers and sisters in the Mullins Family.     Questions about food poisoning came up, and I wanted to share what I learned from a chemist.

The guy who gave us our tour is named Ed. He's one of the brothers.
Ed is a chemistry expert and is involved in developing most of the sauce
Formula. He's even developed sauce formula for McDonald's.

Keep in mind that Ed is a food chemistry whiz. During the tour, someone
Asked if we really needed to worry about mayonnaise. People are always
Worried that mayonnaise will spoil. Ed's answer will surprise you.

Ed said that all commercially-made Mayo is completely safe.

"It doesn't even have to be refrigerated. No harm in refrigerating
It, but it's not really necessary." He explained that the pH in
Mayonnaise is set at a point that bacteria could not survive in that
Environment. He then talked about the quint essential picnic, with the bowl of potato salad sitting on the table and how everyone blames the mayonnaise when Someone gets sick.

Ed says that when food poisoning is reported, the first thing the
Officials look for is when the 'victim' last ate ONIONS and where those
Onions came from (in the potato salad?).      Ed says it's not the mayonnaise (as long as it's not homemade Mayo) That spoils in the outdoors.
It's probably the onions, and if not the onions, it's the POTATOES. He
Explained,onions are a huge magnet for bacteria, especially uncooked onions.
You should never plan to keep a portion of a sliced onion. He says it's not
Even safe if you put it in a zip-lock bag and put it 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 (and doubly watch out for those onions you put in Your hotdogs at the baseball park!)

Ed says if you take the leftover onion and cook it like crazy you'll
Probably be okay, but if you slice that leftover onion and put
On your sandwich, you're asking for trouble. Both the onions and the moist
Potato in a potato salad, will attract and grow bacteria faster than any
Commercial mayonnaise will even begin to break down.

So, how's that for news? Take it for what you will. I (the author) am going
To be very careful about my onions from now on. For some reason, I see a lot of credibility coming from a chemist and a company, that produces millions of Pounds of mayonnaise every year.'

Also, dogs should never eat onions. Their stomachs cannot
Metabolise onions.


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« Reply #1 on: May 30, 2009, 05:56:51 PM »

 Shocked  Well I guess I will be changing the way I do things.  I always have unused portions of onions ..
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« Reply #2 on: June 05, 2009, 08:34:49 AM »

Thank you for bringing this subject up. How about katsup? mustard?


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« Reply #3 on: June 06, 2009, 08:31:05 PM »

Mmmm..........what about 'em?? 

They're condiments......there's like 3 types of catsup and 45 types of mustard.........can you explain that to me?Huh 

I mean do we really need tarragon mustard, or whatever???  There should be 3 kinds of mustard......regular ole yellow mustard, horseradish mustard and honey mustard.........that's it.  Oh don't get me started on this!!!!..........trust me, you don't want to hear it!! Roll Eyes
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« Reply #4 on: June 06, 2009, 08:37:08 PM »

Shocked  Well I guess I will be changing the way I do things.  I always have unused portions of onions ..

I gotta be honest, I am not going to start throwing onions away......I'm too thrifty to do that..........especially when we're talking about Vidalias or something like that that I've paid a premium price for.  I'll be much more careful about refrigeration and I won't be putting chopped onions on my hot dog at a hot dog stand any more, but to throw away a half of a Vidalia onion that I personally have handled and stored in the frig. just because we didn't eat it all at one meal???.........I don't think so.
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« Reply #5 on: January 09, 2010, 07:44:06 PM »

 Grin  I found a way to beat the problem ... I dice up the unused onion and put it in a bag till I have time to make soup .. then I boil the heck out of them in my homemade soup ...  Roll Eyes 
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