Bedford Ramblings
Steve Mills

Onions, flu, germs, benefits?

Posted Monday, March 2, 2020, at 9:41 AM
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    Eat your onions any way you want them.

    But, yay! Healthy onions, And they're free!!

    -- Posted by fair share on Mon, Mar 2, 2020, at 10:13 AM
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    Free, where?

    -- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Mar 2, 2020, at 10:31 AM
  • I wish the blogs had a "like button" like on facebook. 😉

    -- Posted by SharonSue65 on Mon, Mar 2, 2020, at 7:13 PM
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    Steve, you are the one that brought up burney.

    -- Posted by fair share on Mon, Mar 2, 2020, at 8:12 PM
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    SharonSue65 in lieu of a button, just let us know the comment you like or don’t like. We’re a little old school here. ;-)

    Yup fair share, I blew up my own post. I claim a “Flip Wilson”. I figure most of us know who Flip Wilson was so won’t offer an explanation. Right Geraldine?

    -- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Mar 2, 2020, at 9:01 PM
  • Steve; Not that science matters any more, but onions do not "attract" bacteria, and cannot be used to disinfect a room. They *are* susceptible to the growth of bacteria, particularly when sliced. But the same can be said of any vegetable. The skin of the onion is a pretty effective barrier against bacteria, so when you are shopping don't just look for soft spots, also pass on any onions where the skin has been breached. Sometimes I only use a half onion, and when I do, I peel the whole thing before slicing, so as to avoid getting bacteria off the skin into the onion when I cut it. I can't say how long the half onion will last in the refrigerator, but they seem to do fine for the one or two days that it takes for me to get around to using the other half.

    As a bonus, here is one of my favorite ways to prepare onions... When roasting a chicken; take a half onion and cut it up (see, there is that half onion). I like mine cut into slices, so i get slivers instead of cubes! Stand the chicken on its head and stuff a layer of onions in it. Apply the same spices as you are putting on the outside of the chicken. Then a layer of giblets, and more spice. another layer of onions, and more spice. The rest of the giblets (surprise, more spice) then finish stuffing it with onion... and more spice. I divide my giblets into the liver in one layer, the heart and gizzard in the other. The puppies get to split the neck (i have to divide it for them). Then, the crowning touch; slip a pat of butter (not margarine) on the breast side of the stuffing holler and push it up on top so it will melt down thru the onions and giblets while your chicken cooks lying on its back. I use toothpicks to hold the stuffing hole shut, so the onions do not fall out during cooking. You will get the best onions and giblets you ever ate! Sweet onions work well for this (i am very fond of sweet onions), but I think purple onions are even better in a chicken. For variety you can use half a baked potato instead of onion. But the potato has to be baked already, then cut into cubes.

    -- Posted by lazarus on Mon, Mar 9, 2020, at 12:01 AM
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    Wouldn't the potatoes take most of the salt and spices out of the steamed chicken parts? Also I have been told to never feed chicken to dogs because they will choke on the bones and of course the neck is about the boniest piece of the chicken. I also hear that onions are a no no to feed to dogs and puppies. I don't ever get any hearts, livers, gizzards or giblets when I buy chicken... at KFC! That is the extent of my cooking!

    -- Posted by sui on Mon, Mar 9, 2020, at 1:40 AM
  • The danger of bones is having them splinter into sharp shards and puncture the digestive tract. Chicken bones are prone to that sort of splintering, but all the neck bones are very small and a minimal risk (if any). Supposedly you aren't supposed to give a dog beef bones, either, but me and the dogs don't always do exactly what we are supposed to do.

    Onions, chocolate, garlic, grapes, and other things we eat can be toxic to dogs in varying amounts (apparently grapes are one of the most dangerous things we eat for a dog to eat.) The best bet is to feed dogs dog food, and not people food.

    -- Posted by lazarus on Mon, Mar 9, 2020, at 2:31 AM
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    Grapes? Never thought of them.

    I’ve been known to eat a neck bone myself, along with the soft top end of a leg. Not turkey though, just “chikin”.

    I just yesterday saw that Julia Childs liked her onions in strips as you described. Caught my attention.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Mar 9, 2020, at 8:24 AM
  • The butter, spices, and chicken juice cook into the onion strips, which still have a little of that onion crunch to them. I eat them with the giblets, which adds even more flavour.

    I have nothing against the neck bone, but I believe the dogs like it more.

    -- Posted by lazarus on Mon, Mar 9, 2020, at 9:10 AM
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    I am sure the four legged family enjoy it more. We have a dog to Share’s our with as well. When our big pup PITA was with us she would wolf it down so quickly I am not sure she tasted it much.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Mar 9, 2020, at 9:36 AM
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