Onions - Yeah, that's correct, ONIONS !

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Hi Folks,

Not being a very domesticated Kat(e) this is not exactly a subject which is near to my heart and therefore I don't usually blog about cookery or vegetables etc.. but I received this in an email from my BIL and wondered if any of you had heard about these facts ..... I certainly hadn't, so I hope you find it interesting ... it's good to know that some of the old housewives tales sometimes work ! I know it's a bit of a long post but I think you will find it worth the read ! So enjoy ...

Onions ...

In 1919 when the flu killed 40 million people there was this Doctor that visited the many farmers to see if he could help them combat the flu.
Many of the farmers and their family had contracted it and many died. The doctor came upon one farmer and, to his surprise, everyone in the family was very healthy. When the doctor asked what the farmer was doing that was different, the wife replied that she had placed an unpeeled onion in a dish in the rooms of the home.

The doctor couldn't believe it and asked if he could have one of the onions. She gave him one which he placed under the microscope & found the 'flu virus in the onion. It had obviously absorbed the bacteria, thereby keeping the family healthy. Now, I heard this story from my hairdresser. She said that several years ago many of her employees were coming down with the flu and so were many of her customers.

The next year, at flu season time, she placed several bowls with onions around in her shop and, to her surprise, none of her staff got sick.
It must work... and no, she is not in the onion business. The moral of the story is, buy some onions and place them in bowls around your home. If you do get the flu, it just might be a mild case.. What have you to lose?

Now there is a P.S. to this...

I sent it to a friend in Oregon who regularly contributes material to me on health issues and she replied with this most interesting experience about onions: She said - Thanks for the reminder. I don't know about the farmers story, but I do know that I contacted pneumonia and needless to say I was very ill. I came across an article that said to cut both ends off an onion, put one end on a fork and then place the forked end into an empty jar...placing the jar next to the sick patient at night. It said the onion would be black in the morning from the germs.

Sure enough ... it happened just like that... the onion was a mess and I began to feel better. Another thing I read in the article was that onions and garlic placed around the room saved many from the black plague years ago. They have powerful antibacterial and antiseptic properties.

Here's more:


I have used an onion which has been left in the fridge; sometimes I don't use a whole onion at one time, so save the other half for later. Now with this info, I have changed my mind; will buy smaller onions in the future.

I had the wonderful privilege of touring Mullins Food Products, makers of mayonnaise. Mullins is huge, and is owned by 11 brothers and sisters in the Mullins family.
A friend, Jeanne, is the CEO.

Questions about food poisoning came up, and I wanted to share what I learned from a chemist. The guy who gave us our tour is named Ed - he's one of the brothers.
Ed is a chemistry expert and is involved in developing most of the sauce formula. He's even developed sauce formula for McDonald's. Keep in mind that Ed is a food chemistry whiz.

During the tour, someone asked if we really needed to worry about mayonnaise.
People are always worried that mayonnaise will spoil. Ed's answer will surprise you. He said that all commercially made Mayo is completely safe. "It doesn't even have to be refrigerated. No harm in refrigerating it, but it's not really necessary." He explained that the pH in mayonnaise is set at a point that bacteria could not survive in that environment.

He then talked about picnics, with the bowl of potato salad sitting on the table and how everyone blames the mayonnaise when someone gets sick. Ed says that when food poisoning is reported, the first thing the officials look for is when the 'victim' last ate ONIONS and where those onions came from (in the potato salad?). Ed says it's not the mayonnaise (as long as it's not homemade Mayo) that spoils in the outdoors. It's probably the onions, and if not the onions, it's the POTATOES. He explained, onions are a huge magnet for bacteria, especially uncooked onions.

You should never plan to keep a portion of a sliced onion.. it's not even safe if you put it in a zip-lock bag and put it in your refrigerator.. It's already contaminated enough just by being cut open and out for a bit, that it can be a danger to you. (and doubly watch out for those onions you put in your hotdogs at the baseball park!)

Ed says if you take the leftover onion and cook it like crazy you'll probably be okay, but if you slice that leftover onion and put on your sandwich, you're asking for trouble. Both the onions and the moist potato in a potato salad will attract and grow bacteria faster than any commercial mayonnaise will even begin to break down.. So, how's that for news? Take it for what you will. I am going to be very careful about my onions from now on.

Please remember it is dangerous to cut onion and use or cook the next day. It becomes highly poisonous for even a single night and creates toxic bacteria which may cause adverse stomach infections because of excess bile secretions and even food poisoning.

So there you go folks - who says you never learn much from reading this blog huh ??

Love and Peace, Kate xxx.