Cooking! Which one do you prefer red or white onions?

@CJay77 (4441)
Australia
October 14, 2008 6:36am CST
I prefer to put white onion when I cook stew and with some other dish that I cook! And normally put red onion in salads! But if I ran out of white onions I also used red onion when I cook and I don't think that there are much difference! I use shallots if I cook noodles soup of fried noodles! Which do you prefer red or white onions in your cooking? Thanks for sharing.
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@austere (2816)
• Philippines
14 Oct 08
i prefer red onions, i find them more tasty, more flavorful than the green onions.. i love putting red onions into my vinegar dip..i like using red onions on my dishes too, like when i cook and saute some vegetables and i want to add some spice for flavor and scent.. i use red onions most of the time and garlic too!
@CJay77 (4441)
• Australia
14 Oct 08
Hi austere, I respect your opinion for liking red onions better! I too love garlic but I prefer the white onion in my dish. Thanks for sharing.
@austere (2816)
• Philippines
15 Oct 08
yeah, no problem..hehe we all have different preference when it comes to our dish.. the green onions are sweet but i like the strong scent ang onion taste better in the red onions! guess it with the culture too!hehehe
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@CJay77 (4441)
• Australia
16 Oct 08
Hi austere, I agree that we all have different preference in our cooking! And yes maybe it comes with the culture also. Enjoy cooking and have a nice day.
• United States
14 Oct 08
I use what ever is cheap when I am cooking the onions but when it comes to what is fresh I prefer red onions. They have the best fresh flavor expecialy on top of salads or mixed up on tuna fish sandwhich. Mmm.
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@CJay77 (4441)
• Australia
14 Oct 08
Hi happythoughts, I always look for a cheap one also and try to pick small ones so I can use it in many dishes! I agree that red onions are good in salads and sandwich. Thanks for the response and have a nice day.
• United States
15 Oct 08
You misunderstood a point. I have no allergy to onions. It is just that onions commonly makes people weep and that it seems to help some of us with respiratory allergies. Back in the 80s, the last time I took immunology classes, there was interest in crying as an immunologically beneficial thing for a person to do. I do not know if any systematic studies have ever been done.
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@CJay77 (4441)
• Australia
15 Oct 08
Hi steve, I'm sorry that I didn't understand well, I didn't get that it was a joke! I think I need more practice with my English and to learn more! Just please be patient with my English and I will try my best next time. Thanks!
• United States
14 Oct 08
CJ, I think the red color occurs due to iron. (Does anyone KNOW?) I have friends that want to eat the range of colors in their veggies every day. I like using red onions in salads because they just add color. Personally I cannot tell any difference in taste cooked or raw. When I had undiagnosed food allergies, raw onions contributed to acid reflux. By not eating soy, corn, or peanuts, and other things I'm allergic to, onions just taste good. (I used to joke that I secretly ate onions and friends would then say, "That's no secret!") Steve P.S. I also have the idea that weeping caused by cutting a plate of onions is good for my immune system. (I swear I relieve hay fever symptoms by chopping onions!) P.P.S. Just for convenience, I try to stay ahead on chopping onions, keep a pint jar diced in the fridge to sprinkle on salads and into stir-fry dinners.
@CJay77 (4441)
• Australia
14 Oct 08
Hi Steve, Welcome to mylot and hope that you will have a lot of fun here! I can't tell the difference also when its cook! I didn't know about iron in red onions, thanks for that. Oh sorry to hear that your allergic with onions, Wow I didn't know that chopping onions and let all my emotions flow will help my immune system, I will try to do all the tips that you gave here, and thank you so much for all the tips and for the response. Have a nice day.
• United States
15 Oct 08
I made a mistake an posted a reply to you on the next post...
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@JOIEMARVIC (2342)
• Philippines
30 Oct 08
when cooking,i prefer using the red onions.Its more taasty and adds more flavor to the food than the white one.But when eating,i refer to eat the white onion,it does not leaves a some kinda stinky smell in our mouth and the taste is somewhat bland so i like it more.
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@CJay77 (4441)
• Australia
30 Oct 08
Hi Joie! Lol, normally we get the stinky smell in the mouth when its raw! I like the onion in my cooking. Thanks for the response.
@sudalunts (5527)
• United States
22 Oct 08
I usually buy and use white onions. I really love the taste of onions, and use them whenever I can. I have used red onions, but mostly in salads, a green salad or a pasta salad. I have used shallots before too, I like the flavor of shallots, but they are something I do not buy often.
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@CJay77 (4441)
• Australia
22 Oct 08
Hi sudalants! I buy and use both. My husband and I like chicken soup and it taste better with shallots but its hard to get shallots here in Egypt. I'll be lucky to be able to get it at least twice a month. Thanks!
• India
20 Oct 08
I use both types of onion whichever is available. I have heard that white onion helps in fighting cronic cough n clod. yes red onion are good for salad purposes, they also look great on a salad paltter as compared tp white onion.
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@CJay77 (4441)
• Australia
20 Oct 08
Hi sambhavana! I use both as well, but thank you for letting me know that white onion helps fight cronic cough and cold. Thanks for the response.
• Philippines
16 Oct 08
I usually use red onion than the white one, I only use white onion in steak. Red onions were quite tasty and spicy, I often like to use it in the dishes I cook. Yeah, I agree, there's nothing much difference between the two, I'm also like that sometimes, when I ran out of red onions, I'll use white one.
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@CJay77 (4441)
• Australia
16 Oct 08
Hi kylie! Were the opposite I use red onion in my cooking when I ran out of white onions, lol. I agree that there are no much different between the two, I guess I'm just so use and liking the white onions in my cooking. Thanks for the response and have a nice day.
• Philippines
16 Oct 08
I usually use red onion because that is very common here in the Philippines. I like ed onions than the white one. Red is more expensive than the white onion which means, it has a better quality. LOL..
@CJay77 (4441)
• Australia
16 Oct 08
Hi celestial! I am from Philippines and yes I know that red onions are very common in our country! I just like white onions for my cooking and red onions for salads or sandwiches. Thanks for the response and have a nice day.
@anjielyn (535)
• Philippines
16 Oct 08
I used red Onions for cooking it has lot of aroma than white one! I like white Onions on my Hamburgers & Steaks, sometimes I slice it & put some flour & fry!
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@CJay77 (4441)
• Australia
16 Oct 08
Hi anjielyn! Hmmmm, onion rings yummy! It seems that we all have different preference in our cooking! Thanks for the response and have a nice day.
@ersmommy1 (12605)
• United States
15 Oct 08
That depend on the dish. I like red onions in my salad. I prefer white onions in my hash browns. White onions are also good in chili. Normally I only get shallots in restaurants.
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@CJay77 (4441)
• Australia
16 Oct 08
Hi ersmommy1! I agree that it depends on the dish! I also use red onions in salads and sandwiches and white for my cooking! Thanks for sharing and have a nice day!
@ryzach (1546)
• United States
15 Oct 08
When cooking I use yellow onions most of the time. On occassion I will use white onions. Yellow onions are sweeter but I like both of them. I love red onions but usually eat those uncooked like on sub sandwhiches, hamburgers and in salads they are very good. I put onions in most of my cooking. I know for some people who like them but can't eat them as they bother their stomach. I am so glad I do not have that problem. They give food such good flavor and I prefer to use fresh instead of onion powder.
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@CJay77 (4441)
• Australia
15 Oct 08
Hi ryzach! I don't think I've tried yellow onions I thought there are the same as white. Yes red onions are good when its raw and its use mainly for sandwiches, burgers and salads! I also put onion most of my cooking and I also like onion powder and garlic powder! Thanks for sharing and have a nice day.
@maxilimian (3099)
• Indonesia
15 Oct 08
I am much more prefer mix white onion into my cook rather than red onion, the smell of it makes your food look yummy sometimes i use garlic, i do use red onion for fresh food that no needs to cook
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@CJay77 (4441)
• Australia
15 Oct 08
Hi maxilimian! We are pretty much the same! I only use red onions in my cooking when I ran out of white onions! Thanks for the response and have a nice day.
@Harley009 (1420)
• India
15 Oct 08
Yo! We use Red Onion, Spring Onion, Shallot and Garlic in our dishes. I have seen white and yellow colour onions but never used in our dishes. Next time we will have a try. In between do you cry while chopping onions? ... my wife used to cry hahaha... I have given her a clear safety glass to protect eyes it might help a bit :)
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@CJay77 (4441)
• Australia
15 Oct 08
Hi Harley! I also like garlic and shallots in my cooking and its good! I always cry when I chopped onions, I guess there are some ways to avoid that, I get some tips from the other responses also! And thanks for your tips as well and for the response. Have a nice day.
@magojordan (3256)
• Philippines
15 Oct 08
In our house we always use red onions. Red onions last longer than white ones that's why that's the one we buy always. Red onions have more flavor but they are spicier that's why you shouldn't use much of it in salads. I agree that it should be used more in stews so that it would be more flavorful.
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@CJay77 (4441)
• Australia
15 Oct 08
Hi magojordan, Red onions is good in any dish I just prefer white in my cooking! It seems that your family loves red onions! Yes red onion is a bit spicy, but thats fine because I like spicy food anyway! Thanks for the response.
@sharra1 (6344)
• Australia
15 Oct 08
I much prefer brown onions as they have a nice strong bite for cooking, they are brown skins and white inside. Red onions are great for salads as they are mild enough to eat raw and stronger than spring onions. Sliced up in a nice tossed salad they have a lovely mild bite which makes the salad very tasty.
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@CJay77 (4441)
• Australia
15 Oct 08
Hi sharra1, I'm not sure if brown onions are the same like white onions, I'm assuming that they are and I like them in my cooking. I agree that red onions are good in salads. Enjoy your cooking and thanks for the response.
• India
15 Oct 08
It depends. If it is raw, then I prefer red onion. However, if is cooked then I prefer white. normally i use red onion as a cooking ingredient or mixed with fresh fish.. keep posting take care and have fun..
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@CJay77 (4441)
• Australia
15 Oct 08
Hi anita, I think there is no much difference using red onion in cooking! Enjoy cooking and thank you for the response.
@jelai24 (221)
• Philippines
15 Oct 08
i must prefer to use white onions in cooking....i used also used red sometimes...
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@CJay77 (4441)
• Australia
15 Oct 08
Hi jelai24, Welcome to mylot . Same here I prefer white in my cooking! Thanks for the response.
@relundad (2312)
• United States
15 Oct 08
When cooking I prefer white or yellow onions. If eating raw with vegatables I prefer red. If making onion rings I prefer Vidalia as they are sweeter and tend to be bigger. I also use red in pasta salad as the color makes it look more appetizing.
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@CJay77 (4441)
• Australia
15 Oct 08
Hi relundad, Oh I haven't tried using red onion for pasta, I might try it today for lunch! I may sounds dumb but I don't know what kind of onion is Vidalia, but as you said, they are sweeter and tend to be bigger! Thanks for the response and have a nice day.
• United States
15 Oct 08
I use either white or yellow onions to cook. Mostly yellow. I only eat red onions on a salad.
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@CJay77 (4441)
• Australia
15 Oct 08
Hi sweetstuff! Welcome to mylot . I'm the same, white for my cooking and red for salads and sandwiches! Thanks for the response.
@lingli_78 (12852)
• Australia
14 Oct 08
i use white onions more than red onions in my cooking... but i use shallots sometimes in my cooking when i am cooking soups or fried noodles or fried rice similar like you... i don't really have any preference... i like both... it really depends on my cooking and which onions suit my cooking more... take care and have a nice day...
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@CJay77 (4441)
• Australia
14 Oct 08
Hi lingli_78, I also prefer white onions in my cooking. We are pretty much the same then! Enjoy your cooking and thank you for sharing. You take care and have a nice day also. Thanks!