Wednesday, November 03, 2004

Do Not Do This: Onions in Ziplocs

In an (as it proved, unnecessary) attempt to save space in my cooler of food to have on hand during electioneering activities, I decided to put the red onions in a ziploc. They're mild, right? They'll be fine.

Wrong. By the time we took them out of the cooler and ate them, the odor in the cooler had achieved toxic proportions. Bleck.

Nonetheless, the pita pockets I had intended to make with them turned out exceedingly well, even if we didn't have time to eat them until we got home late that evening. Next time, though, I'll put the filling in tupperware.

Red State Pita Pockets
1 lb. round steak
2 T. olive oil
2 T. apple cider vinegar
1 t. salt
1 t. cumin
1 t. chili powder

Trim steak and slice thin. (Note: this is easiest if the steak is slightly frozen.) Mix other ingredients and sautee steak strips until cooked through. Chill. Serve in pita pockets (whole wheat are good) with:
sliced red onions
sliced red pepper
sliced red tomato
monterey jack cheese


Anonymous said...

Yummy! This sounds delicious - I can't wait to make it. And of course the wheels in my head start turning...hmmm...wonder whether I could use ground beef instead of steak...

That's a good thing to know about red onions. I actually do store chopped onions (usually white/yellow baking onions) in ziploc bags in my fridge, and so far I haven't noticed any problem with smells...perhaps because I keep it in a crisper tray and that's all I have stored there. Maybe the whole crisper tray really reeks of onion and just because I never put anything else there, it never gets contaminated...


Queen of Carrots said...

The crisper tray is probably designed to seal off odors. And I didn't notice any cross-contamination with the other food in its own sealed containers. (However, I have had cartons of milk go off-flavored from inadequately sealed onions in times past.)