Whether you are a professional chef, or a beginner cook, you know that onions are one of the most popular vegetables worldwide.

Onions have been around for many years and are used every day all around the world. Not everyone is a fan of this strong flavoured vegetable, especially when eaten raw, but they do make amazing bases for most dishes. No matter where you are from, when you start cooking you will probably chop an onion before doing anything else. But why are onions so popular when they make so many people cry?

It comes down, mostly, to the fact that they are so easy to grow and do so in large quantities, they are easy to store, cheap and flavourful.

Onions grow very easily, in all types of soil and can face many different temperatures, which makes them very accessible. They are also very easy to store and can keep for up to a month if stored at room temperature in a well-ventilated room.

They are often used as a base for many recipes, most of the time fried in a bit of oil, together with some garlic. When they are fried, they provide a lot more flavour, and a much more friendly flavour also, compared to their raw versions which taste quite pungent.

As mentioned before, while they are loved by many people, others find the onion taste ‘a bit much’. If this applied to you, you can easily replace them with other vegetables, such as shallots, green onions, or leeks.

M&P Engineering is a leading manufacturer and supplier of food processing equipment to suit all food production factories.

M&P Engineering’s Large Onion Peeling machine uses self-adjusting floating knives to top, tail and peel onions of 45mm to 115mm diameter. The machinery is easy to operate due to the simplistic mechanism and design and thanks to the dry peeling process the product remains in pristine condition once it has been peeled.

M&P Engineering offers a wide range of food processing machinery in addition to onion peeling machines, including food depositors and fillers. If you need food filling equipment, M&P Engineering designs and manufactures sachet filling machines to suit your factory requirements.

If you would like more information about any of M&P Engineering’s products, call us on +44 (0)161 872 8378 or contact us here.

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