A fresh Vidalia Onion has a light golden-brown bulb and a white interior. Its shape is rounded at the bottom and somewhat flat on the top or stem end. Ordinary storage onions are darker, have a thicker skin and are generally more round or oblong. Click here to Order Sweet Onions on-line.
Vidalia Onions have a higher water and sugar content than storage onions, making them susceptible to bruising, and, therefore, must be handled with care by the grower, the retailer and the consumer.
The key to preserving Vidalias, and to prevent bruising, is to keep them cool, dry and separated.
There are several favorite methods of storage Vidalia Sweet Onions.
Store them in the refrigerator, wrapped separately in a paper towel. This method is expensive and takes up precious refrigerator space, but can preserve Vidalia Onions for as long as a year.
Store them in the legs of clean, sheer pantyhose. Tie a knot between each Vidalia and cut above the knot when you want one. Hang in a cool, dry, well ventilated area. On elevated racks or screens, not touching and in a cool place.
Vidalia Onions can be chopped and dried in the oven. Use the lowest setting and remove when thoroughly dry but not brown. Store at room temperature in airtight containers.
Vidalia Onions can be frozen. Chop and place on a cookie sheet in the freezer. When frozen, remove and place in freezer containers or bags, and seal. This allows you to remove the amount you want when you want it. An alternative is to freeze whole. Jumbos can be peeled, washed, cored and dropped in a plastic bag. Once frozen, they can be removed like ice cubes. Freezing changes the onion’s texture, so frozen onions should be used for cooking only. Whole frozen Vidalias can also be baked.
Vidalia Onions are milder and sweeter than any other onions. They are excellent in salads and sandwiches.
Vidalias add a distinctive sweetness to any dish. Use thick slices on hamburgers or with grilled steak. They are delicious all by themselves raw or baked.
Place a whole, raw, unpeeled Vidalia Sweet Onion in the refrigerator and chill for approximately one hour before serving, or peel and cut into slices and place in a bowl of ice water for approximately 30 minutes and then drain on paper towels. Either of these methods will bring out a sweeter flavor when eating raw Vidalias.
To bake a Vidalia Onion, peel, then cut off the top and bottom to make it sit flat. Place a pat of butter on top, and microwave for 7 minutes on high, or wrap securely in foil and bake at 350 degrees F for 45 minutes or until tender.