4 Benefits of Using Value-Added Diced Onions

If you’re still chopping onions, it’s a crying shame. 

At Gills Onions, we know there is a better way to bring quality onions from the field to your kitchen. It starts and ends with Gills Diced Onions, and here’s why you should make the change to value-added onions. 

1) Cut Down Your Labor and Amp Up Your Worker Safety

On average, it takes 90 minutes to whole peel and dice a 50 lb sack of onions that will result in approximately 30 to 35 lbs of usable onions. And all that time spent peeling and chopping creates opportunities for dangerous knife injuries. Cuts, lacerations, and punctures are the number one most common injury in commercial kitchens. Diced onions eliminate these problems. 

Each 5 lb bag of Gills Diced Onions arrives perfectly diced and ready to use. We guarantee not only consistent quality but also consistent cut, consistent price, and consistent yield. When you open a bag of Gills Diced Onions, you know what you’ll find: 19 cups of beautifully diced onions that cost you the same price year-round and cost you nothing in labor. If you heavily use diced onions in your kitchen, the savings can be tremendous. 

Many chefs choose to streamline their labor by selecting one cut and size of onions, putting all the onion product needed for every recipe in their kitchen into one bag. You’ll also save on storage space. Our bags of ready-to-use onions reduce the amount of excess packaging and boxes in your fridge. Use our Product Calculator to see how much you could save in labor and overall costs by switching to diced onions.

2) Delicious Meals Start With Diced Onions

Gills Diced Onions are always recipe ready. We conveniently package our onions in a variety of sizes to best fit your culinary creations. They taste great, and they look great, too. 

Diced onions add flavor and texture to soups, salsas, and sauces. They can also act as toppers for chili, hot dogs, and potatoes. Combine Gills Diced Onions with cucumbers, baby dill, sour cream, horseradish, and freshly cracked black pepper to create a delicious side for whitefish. Or, sauté diced onions with red potatoes, parsley, and pancetta to create a flavorful breakfast hash. Make an unexpected trio of diced onions, red seedless grapes, and Italian parsley to serve under seared sea scallops. The culinary possibilities are endless. 

3) You Can’t Beat Our Shelf Life 

Gills Onions have the longest shelf life in the industry — 18 days — and are always preservative-free. 

Our signature prescription for seed selection and growing programs create onions that stay fresh longer and resist the natural chemical breakdowns that result in spoiling. 

We pillow pack our products instead of the industry standard hard pack, so they never produce foul onion juice during shipment. Pillow packing creates a more natural environment where onions thrive. And Gills Diced Onions arrive to your kitchen in a zipper top 5 lb bag, making it easy to seal the bag of onions, keep them fresh, and use them later. 

4) We’re the Onion Experts 

For over 35 years, our growers have cultivated the fields of Southern and Central California “The Gill Way,” applying our unique prescription of best practices and conservation techniques to create truly exceptional onions. We grow, harvest, wash, peel, trim, and dice every onion that arrives in your kitchen. 

We are onion experts. It’s what we do, and we do it best. But don’t take our word for it. Our onions speak for themselves. 

Ready to try onions the Gills Way? For more information, contact our sales department

Enjoy the Value-Add of Gills Diced Celery and Onion

We’re going to let you in on a not-so-secret secret: Gills Onions does more than just onions. 

While onions are our first love, we also find great joy in pairing the world’s best onions with other delicious fresh cut vegetables, like celery. 

Bringing Together the Best of Fresh Veggies 

On the shelves of many local grocers you’ll see a distinctive 6-ounce cup of Gills Diced Celery and Onion. Each cup contains a fairly even mix of diced Gills yellow onion and diced celery produced by our growing partners. 

Unlike the typical, more bitter celery purchased in your produce section, our diced celery is a specially developed sweet variety that pairs perfectly with the flavors of our yellow onion. And like our famous onion crop, it is cultivated from seed, grown, and harvested in the great state of California. 

Still Saving You Time

Like all of our Gills Onions product line, our Diced Celery and Onion comes 100% usable and ready to eat. This value-added product means no more chopping and dicing vegetables in your kitchen, saving you time, eliminating waste, and cutting out the risk of knife injuries. 

And with an 18-day shelf life, there’s no need to use all your diced celery and onion at once. Each cup comes with a lid, making it easy to use what you need and store what you don’t for later, all while taking up less space in your fridge than whole onions or celery bunches. 

How to Use Celery and Onion in Your Dishes

Whether you are using Gills Diced Celery and Onion in your own kitchen or introducing it to the chefs at the restaurants you serve, the possibilities are endless and delicious. 

During the holidays, our pre-cut fresh blend is perfect for stuffing. It can also be used year-round as stuffing ingredients for mushrooms or baked clamshells. 

In the warm weather months, try adding celery and onions to tuna sandwiches, chicken salad, or pasta salad. It makes a great addition to soups and even spaghetti, helping you get an extra serving of vegetables into your day. 

Expand Your Horizons with Celery and Onion

If you’re ready to experience the best of both the onion and celery industry, it’s time to try Gills Diced Celery and Onion. 

As industry leaders in the fresh cut, value-added vegetables industry, delivering the highest quality products is what we do, and we do it best. But don’t take our word for it. Our onions speak for themselves — and our celery does too!

Ready to try onions the Gills Way? For more information, contact our sales department. 

From Our Fields to Your Kitchen: Gills Onions Retail Products

There’s nothing better than a freshly diced onion, but actually peeling and chopping the onion can be one of the worst jobs in the kitchen. 

At Gills Onions, we know this fact isn’t just true in commercial kitchens. The average American consumes over 20 pounds of onions each year. That’s a lot of chopping and a lot of tears. But it doesn’t have to be that way. 

With our retail line-up of fresh cut onions, we’re bringing the delicious flavor of the world’s best onions to your kitchen. Say goodbye to tears and hello to the best onions you’ve ever had. 

Our Onions, Your Grocery Store

We pack our retail products in 6 oz., BPA-free, recyclable clear cups with reusable lids. A breathable under-lid film seals in that sweet onion aroma and locks in freshness. 

Customers crave convenience as much as they crave flavor. This packaging makes it easy to store fresh onions in your fridge, use what you need, and reseal the container until the next time. 

Currently, we process and package:

  • Diced Yellow Onions – Use to spice up any recipe that calls for chopped or diced onions. 
  • Diced Red Onions – Add something extra to soups, chilis, and sauces, or use as a colorful condiment. 
  • Diced Celery and Onions – The perfect blend for potato salads, tuna salads, and holiday stuffings and casseroles. 
  • Diced Mirepoix – An aromatic mix of onions, carrots, and celery. Add to sauces, braised meats, and marinades. 

You’ll find our products in the value-added section of retail grocers throughout California. 

Quality, Convenience, and Flavor

Our retail line-up comes 100% washed and ready-to-use with an 18-day shelf life — the longest shelf life of any fresh cut onion. All our products are kosher-certified, gluten-free, and non-GMO verified. 

Gills Onions is the only vertically integrated grower, processor, and shipper in the U.S. That means we grow, cut, and ship every onion that arrives in your kitchen, allowing us to maintain the highest quality standards. Our onions are grown “The Gill Way.” We are dedicated to innovative and sustainable agricultural practices, which create better tasting onions and better fields for future generations. 

Growing Our Retail Options

Our retail product line is growing! There are exciting new products on the horizon, like diced pickled onions — a tangy complement to grilled meats, dips, deviled eggs, potato salad, and more. 

We’re also working on partnerships with major retailers that would allow us to make our delicious fresh cut onions available in grocery stores across the United States. We can’t wait for you to taste the difference — and enjoy the convenience — of onions grown “The Gill Way.” 

If you’re still chopping onions, it’s a crying shame. 

Step Up Your Culinary Game with Pickled Onions

Add Personality to Your Flavor Profile with Pickled Onions

Looking to take your favorite dish to the next level? It’s time to try Gills Diced Pickled Onions. 

Our Signature Onions in an All-Natural Brine

Gills Diced Pickled Onions start off like all of our products — as delicious, high-quality onions. We begin with our 100 percent California-grown red onions. Each onion is cleaned through an HACCP-approved cleaning regimen and consistently diced in our state-of-the-art fresh-cut onion processing plant. We then pickle the onions with an all-natural solution of five simple ingredients — water, citric acid, sugar, salt, and natural flavors. 

At Gills Onions, we never use artificial ingredients or synthetic chemicals, and like all our products, Gills Diced Pickled Onions are Kosher certified and Gluten-free. Finally, we package our onions using BPA- and DEHA-free materials.

Tangible Benefits, Tasty Results

If you’re still chopping onions, it’s a crying shame. Diced onions are easy to use and easy to portion. They save foodservice operators in time and labor costs, and they eliminate opportunities for dangerous knife injuries. 

Unlike bulk onion purchases, Gills Onions fresh-cut products give our customers the benefits of consistent yield and consistent prices. When you purchase a 6 lb pail of Gills Diced Pickled Onions, you can rely on 6 lbs of perfectly pickled product every time. Every cent is spent on useable onions. Combining our onions’ industry-leading shelf life with the power of the pickling process means each batch of Diced Pickled Onions stays fresh for 30 days in your refrigerator. That gives chefs an entire month to liven up their dishes with this flavorful food. 

Recipes Are Ready for Pickled Onions

Diced Pickled Onions are as beautiful as they are tasty. The vibrant pink color adds a pop that upscales even the most simple dishes. Try adding pickled onions as a colorful condiment for sandwiches, burgers, and hot dogs. They’re also a great addition to grilled chicken, cobb salad, steak salad, and nicoise salad. Mix into salads directly or use the brine to make a tangy vinaigrette dressing. 

No matter your cuisine of choice, pickled onions have a place. Use them as a garnish for Mexican plates or give Middle Eastern recipes a new twist. Don’t be afraid to get creative. Try using diced pickled onions to enhance smoked salmon platters or as a surprise element in a sushi roll. Top off your cocktail by spritzing the rim of a chilled martini glass with pickled onion brine and skewer pickled onions across the top. Our all-natural brine can be used to pickle other vegetables and even eggs. 

Discover more delicious recipes on our website

Our Onions Speak for Themselves

For over 35 years, Gills Onions has applied our unique prescription of best practices and conservation techniques to create truly exceptional onions. From seed to shipment, we nurture every onion that arrives in your kitchen. We are onion experts. It’s what we do, and we do it best. But don’t take our word for it. Our onions speak for themselves. 

Ready to try onions the Gills Way? For more information, contact our sales department.