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Local club selling onions

April 01, 1997

Local club selling onions

Conomac Lions Club of Williamsport is taking orders for Vidalia onions until Monday, April 7, at 5 p.m.

The onions cost $10 for a 10-pound bag and will arrive Friday, April 18. The Lions will let you know when and where to pick them up.

Call Barbara Sterling, club secretary, at 223-7134 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

Proceeds will benefit several Lions Club projects, including scholastic awards for two seniors at Williamsport High School.

Storing, freezing tips

Vidalia onions are susceptible to bruising because of their high water and sugar content. They must be handled with care by the grower, retailer and consumer.

Preserve Vidalias by keeping them cool, dry and separated.

Vidalia Onion Committee recommends the following storage methods:

- Wrap separately in paper towels or newspaper and store in the refrigerator.

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- Place onions in the legs of clean, sheer pantyhose. Tie a knot between each onion and cut above the knot when one is needed. Hang in a cool, dry, well-ventilated area.

- Put onions on elevated racks or screens in a cool place, making sure the onions don't touch.

- Chop onions and dry them in the oven. Use the lowest setting and remove when thoroughly dry but not brown. Store at room temperature in airtight containers.

- Chop onions and place on a cookie sheet in the freezer. When frozen, remove and place in freezer bags or containers and seal. This allows you to remove the amount you need.

Onions also can be frozen whole. Peel, wash, core and drop into a plastic bag. Once frozen, they can be removed like ice cubes. Whole frozen Vidalias can be baked.

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