How to mellow the taste of raw onions

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How to mellow the taste of raw onions
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Do you ever find that the onions you use in a raw recipe taste too strong: here’s a tip from Rick Bayless, the US chef, to mellow the flavour of raw onions so they don’t overpower a salsa or salad. + A video showing you why onions make you cry and what you can do to stop it.

When using raw onions in a recipe, Rick says to place the chopped onions in a sieve and to run boiling water over them – this takes the flame or heat out of the onions and mellows the flavour.

Why do onions make you cry and is there anything you can do to help? Watch our video above to find out.

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