December 1, 2023

How to Tell If Onion is Bad

Onions are a versatile ingredient that can be used in countless ways. Whether they're fresh, frozen, or canned, they add flavor and nutrition to any dish. However, onions have a relatively short shelf life and can go bad quickly. Knowing how to tell if onion is bad can help you avoid making meals with spoiled and potentially dangerous vegetables.

The first thing to look for is any mold, sprouts, or mushy areas. These are signs that the onion has gone bad and should be thrown away. Bad onions will also have a very strong and unpleasant smell. They'll have lost the typical slightly sweet smell and will instead have a more sour, putrid smell. The texture of an onion can also change as it goes bad. It will often become looser and slimy and may have strands of white running through it.

Good onions have a tight, papery skin with a crisp and dense feel to it. They should also have a uniform color and be fairly heavy for their size. The stem end of an onion should be dry and the tops should be firm, with no bruising or brown spots.

When it comes to a whole onion, you can usually test its quality by giving it a squeeze. A healthy onion will be firm and won't squish easily. If it's soft or squishy, it's definitely time to throw it out. You can also check a chopped onion for firmness by giving it a light squeeze. If it feels pliable or slimy, it's probably going bad and should be discarded.

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