>buy an onion
>it's rotten inside
how do I identify bad onions at the store? I try to get ones that don't feel soft or squishy, but it doesn't seem to be working.
The nose knows anon.
You need to sniff each onion before putting it into your basket.
Sniff at the top where the onion sprouts.
You need to sniff big and loud, at least three times for each onion.
>rotten onion fresh from the store
What a fuck I'm reading?!
Depends on the initial quality, storage, and how long it took them to get into your care. Dry, cool, and dark is best for storage. It's very dry here, and my onions shrivel and wilt long before they begin to rot, typically getting more pungent before that. Usually onion rot is more of a problem if they froze or were badly bruised at some point, damaging the cells. That could happen if the ground freezes while they're growing or being transported or sitting in a train car somewhere, severely decreasing the shelf life.
you probably can peel the good layers an use em
otherwise try to get onions with clean looking roots and tops i guess, since it seems like they're getting contaminated between layers
obviously mold is a no go
it's happened to me like 3 times now. the first time I thought it was a fluke, after the second time I tried squeezing the onions when I picked them out, but then it happened again.
You need to invest in a specially trained sniffer dog.
They don't come cheap and take several years to train if you want to do it yourself.
It is worth it for those crisp rot-free onions though.
Having to shop at Super Walmart and a shitting Shaws, I can confirm that stores really do sell pre-rotten onions, garlic, etc. Anything that it's possible for the employees to miss with a quick look.
Garlic is the worst, sometimes I can't find a bulb of garlic that isn't overrun with that black fungus inside.
With both, looking for firmness by feeling all over the outside is the best way. I bet you anything OP's onion feels softer than it should if squeezed.
I don't know why you wouldn't just smush it a little. It should give a little but not be mushy. If you don't want to do that, pull the little stem nub out from the top. If it doesn't budge, it's not even close to ripe, Also, buy non-ripe avocados unless you need it that day and just ripen them on the counter
lol all these replies are completely uninformed. probably bnever had an avacado in thier life. Most of the time you wont be able to find ripe ones ready to eat in the store. Its very rare but you can find them. Best bet is to just but them the way they are and let them ripen it only takes a few days but then you get the perfectly ripe avacado.