Taking the Bite Out of Raw Onions

Soaking raw onions in cold water for 10 to 30 minutes before incorporating them into a dish takes away some of their bite. Adding lime juice to the water, or soaking the onions in straight lime juice brings out their sweetness beautifully, says galleygirl. bolivianita rinses onions, then soaks in red wine vinegar with a pinch of freshly grated nutmeg and a pinch of salt before adding to green salads to reduce their bite.

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