Finding the Value in Value-Added Produce

Value-added produce is valuable. It seems like a no-brainer – after all, “value” is in the name. But there are many ways that value-added fresh produce can help businesses. From food safety, to reduced costs, to consistent quality, value-added is just that – super valuable.

Value-Add Number One: Save on Labor Costs

One of the most labor-intensive tasks in any commercial kitchen is prepping fresh produce. Prepping a raw bulk onion order is the perfect example. One 50 lb sack contains an average of 200 individual onions. That’s a lot of peeling, washing, and cleaning up – all before you even begin to dive into cutting.

That prep work takes manpower, and labor is a commodity that is getting increasingly harder to find. The United States is experiencing a nationwide labor shortage, and as minimum wage and other employee costs increase, retaining an adequate workforce is becoming more and more difficult. Value-added produce arrives sliced, diced, and ready-to-use, which saves businesses time and money. Instead of prepping onions, employees can dedicate time to other essential tasks.

Once you have a reliable workforce in place, you don’t want to lose them to injury. Cuts are the number one most common injury in commercial kitchens. Value-added fresh produce means less cutting and less risk.

Value-Add Number Two: Consistent Yield and Quality

When you purchase bulk vegetables, you can never be quite sure exactly what you are going to get. Did you know that a third of a sack of bulk onions is waste? That means you aren’t really getting 50 lbs of usable onion in that 50 lb sack.

On the other hand, when you buy value-added onions, you know exactly what you are going to get. Value-added onions arrive with consistent quality and consistent yield every time. When you buy a 30 lbs box of Gills Whole Peeled Onions, you get 30 lbs of ready-to-use onions.

Plus, the cost of value-added products doesn’t change by season or based on demand. That means you get the bonus benefit of consistent pricing, too.

Value-Add Number Three: Cleaner Kitchen

Unprepped, raw vegetables can bring unsanitary dirt and bacteria into your kitchen. Raw bulk onions are one of the worst offenders. Our testing shows that bulk onions can contain 100 to 1000 times more bacteria, yeasts, and molds than our value-added onions. The minute contaminants enter your kitchen, they can spread to other surfaces and foods.

Value-added produce increases your confidence that your kitchen, and the food leaving it, is clean and safe for everyone.

Ready, Get Set, Get Value-Added

At Gills Onions, we know that value-added fresh produce is one of the most valuable investments you can make. It improves nearly every aspect of foodservice, from the time ingredients arrive in your kitchen to the time someone eats your food. Value-added produce means less prep, less waste, more safety, and — if you’re using Gills Onions – more taste. So don’t wait. Start adding value to your business with value-added fresh produce today.

Ready to try onions grown “The Gills Way”? Contact our sales department to learn more. 

Get Ready to Fall in Love with Mirepoix

Our Gills Onions retail products are designed to save you time and work in the kitchen. That’s why we are so excited to announce a new addition to our product line: Mirepoix. 

Mirepoix is an aromatic mix of onions, carrots, and celery. Any great chef knows that Mirepoix is the base for hundreds of delicious recipes, and now home chefs like you can reap the benefits, too, without all the prep work. 

How Do I Use Mirepoix?

Mirepoix is one of the most versatile and essential vegetable blends. It’s a third onion, a third celery, and a third carrot. It can be added to or serve as a base for sauces, soups, and marinades. It makes a killer roux. It can accompany braised meats. You can toss it in a slow cooker or pressure cooker for added flavor to just about anything you’re whipping up. Oh, and it’s really tasty in casseroles.

So, why don’t more people use Mirepoix in their everyday cooking? Because it is a pain to prepare. That barrier goes away with our pre-diced, pre-mixed Mirepoix blend. 

Here are a few fun recipes that call for Mirepoix to get your creative juices flowing: 

Less Chopping, More Enjoying

During the pandemic, so many people found their passion for cooking delicious meals at home. The only thing that makes fresh, home cooked food even better is when your vegetables are prepped and ready to go. Spend less time chopping, dicing, and slicing and more time enjoying food with the ones you love. 

Oh, and don’t forget that eliminating the need to chop up all those vegetables also eliminates the chance of knife injuries in your kitchen. Definitely an added bonus.

Find Gills Onions Products in Your Local Store

While you’re grabbing some delicious Mirepoix off the shelf, check out our other fabulous retail products (all now with new resealable film!): 

  • 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 Pickled Onions — A tasty, tangy addition to salads, burgers, sandwiches, and cooked dishes. 

So, get out there, and take our new Mirepoix (and maybe a few more tasty pre-prepped products from above) for a test drive. We can’t wait to hear what you think!

Ready to try onions grown “The Gill Way”? Contact our sales department to learn more.

The Foodservice Recovery: How Value-Added Can Make a Difference

Innovation has always been essential for success in the foodservice industry. The COVID-19 pandemic has proved that principle once again. In unprecedented ways, the foodservice community has had to adapt to survive. In 2021, the industry is starting to recover, and innovation will be needed once again. 

At Gills Onions, we support our customers by offering value-added products that save them time and money. If you haven’t incorporated value-added produce into your line-up, now is the time. It’s an out-of-the-box — or in our case, out-of-the-bag — solution that can buoy up your business. And, our vegetables taste pretty amazing, too. 

The Challenges Facing Foodservice Recovery

As restaurants begin to reopen for indoor dining, it’s quickly becoming obvious that this isn’t a return to “normal.” Nothing is truly like what it was before quarantines and shutdowns. Take sanitation for example. Kitchens have always had high standards for cleanliness, but protecting food from germs and contamination has never been more important. 

Another new challenge is labor. The foodservice industry is starving, with retailers trying everything they can to attract interested prospective hires. One manager even recently offered to pay individuals $50 for simply coming in for a job interview. No one responded. Many businesses can’t offer pay that is competitive enough to beat out the combination of federal stimulus benefits and regular unemployment checks. And, with minimum wage and other employee cost increases, labor is becoming even more costly. 

Value-Added Products Can Solve These Challenges

Though the landscape can feel bleak, value-added products are a solution that you may not have considered. In a world where nothing has been consistent, these products can be the consistent force that helps stabilize a business. Here’s how:

  • Price. The cost of value-added products doesn’t change based on season or demand. Consistent pricing allows owners and chefs to plan budgets far in advance. 
  • Quality. At Gills Onions, we guarantee that our products offer consistent quality and yield. You always know exactly what you are going to get. One third of a sack of bulk onions is waste. That means you’re not really getting 50 pounds of usable onions. With value-added products, you know exactly how much usable product you’ll be receiving every time. 
  • Cleanliness. Bulk onions can bring harmful bacteria into your kitchen. Value-added products arrive cleaned, prepped, and ready to use. 
  • Labor. Speaking of arriving ready-to-use, value-added products save time and money by eliminating the labor needed to prep onions for use. Employees can dedicate their time to other essential tasks. 
  • Safety. Value-added products keep employees safe by reducing the risk of knife injuries. 

Use Gills Onions as a Resource

Our decades supporting the foodservice industry put us in a unique position to offer support and assistance at this unique time. We know your pain points, and we want to help you reach your full potential. We hope to be a resource to sales teams as they go out and sell produce, and a resource for producing the amazing value-added products that serve owners and chefs across the United States and Canada. 

Together, we can recover, and we will get back to what we all do best — bringing amazing food to the world. 

Ready to try onions grown “The Gill Way”? Contact our sales department to learn more.

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

5 Benefits of Using Whole Peeled Onions

The Power of a Whole Peeled Onion Program

Everyone hates peeling onions, but everyone loves eating them. For a long time, welcoming your onion order to your kitchen by sitting down and peeling through the pain was just part of life. Not anymore. At Gills Onions, we’ve pioneered a better way to bring onions from the field to your kitchen. It’s called whole peeled onions, and here’s why you should make the change. 

1. Stop Wasting Time and Start Cooking

Prepping a raw bulk onion order is one of the most labor-intensive tasks in the kitchen. Based on figures from the United States Department of Agriculture, one 50 lb sack can contain about 200 raw onions. Peeling and washing each of those onions—not to mention the time it takes to clean up afterwards—can consume a large portion of the workday. And all that time spent peeling creates an opportunity for dangerous knife injuries. Cuts, lacerations, and punctures are the number one most common injury in commercial kitchens. Whole peeled onions eliminate these problems. Each onion arrives ready to be sliced, diced, or slivered into your next great meal, saving time and keeping workers safe. 

2. Keep Your Kitchen Clean

Unpeeled raw onions can bring unsanitary dirt and bacteria into your kitchen. Extensive testing shows that bulk onions can contain 100 to 1000 times more bacteria, yeasts, and molds than Gills Whole Peeled Onions. Once those contaminants are in your kitchen space, it’s easy for them to spread to other surfaces and foods, and it’s difficult for you to stop them. 

Whole peeled onions offer a more hygienic alternative. Every Gills onion goes through an HACCP-approved cleaning process with chlorinated water, metal detection, and strict temperature controls. Our in-house laboratory verifies the cleanliness of each onion and piece of equipment. This allows us to guarantee that when you receive a shipment of our whole peeled onions, you are welcoming the safest possible product into your kitchen. 

3. Quality You Can Trust

Gills Whole Peeled Onions have the longest shelf life in the industry and are always preservative-free. Our signature prescription for seed selection and growing programs create onions with less water in the cell structure than the typical raw onion. Less water means the onion stays fresh longer and resists the natural chemical breakdowns that result in spoiling. 

4. Eliminate Waste and Save Money

More than 400 loads of sack onions are shipped and consumed daily in the United States. One in every three of those loads is onion waste. That means that one out of every three containers of your bulk onions is trash. By the time you’ve finished prepping, you’ve peeled away a third of your inventory with nothing to show for it. Switching to whole peeled onions guarantees a consistent yield. What you order is what you get — 100 percent usable product of the highest quality onions. Eliminating waste helps your bottom line. On an annual basis, the decision to use whole peeled onions means you will at least come out even cost wise. Many customers find their costs are lower than before, saving them money and resources. 

5. Total Traceability 

At Gills Onions, we believe in total traceability, all the way back to the seed. 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, and trim every onion that arrives in your kitchen. Only the best onions become a Gills Whole Peeled Onion.

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 see just how much you can save by switching to Whole Peeled Onions? Use our Product Calculator.

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. 

Perfectly Pureed Onions

Let’s talk about puree. 

Our pureed onions are another great addition to the Gills Onions line-up of value-added products. They represent a niche space in our fresh onion offering — but it’s a delicious space. Take a look at how our pureed onions are made and some of the unique ways they can be used in your kitchen. 

Value-Added Onions in a Perfect Puree

Gills Pureed Onions start exactly like the rest of our fresh-cut onion products. Each onion seed is planted and nurtured “The Gill Way” with our signature onion-growing prescription. Those seeds grow into the industry’s best tasting and longest lasting onions. Then, they arrive at our state-of-the-art processing facility, destined to become a perfect puree. 

We puree onions on the first and third Friday of every month. Gills Yellow Onions enter whole and exit as a finely diced puree, packaged with 1.5% citric acid in a 38-pound pail. Every batch of pureed onions is Kosher-certified and gluten-free. Gills Onions’ industry-leading shelf-life extends to our pureed pails. When packaging and storing instructions are followed, the product remains fresh up to 30 days from the date of manufacture. 

Working with the Smooth Taste of Pureed Onions

Pureed onions can be the secret ingredient your recipes have been missing. The pureed form makes the onions easy to combine into a variety of dishes, bringing delicious onion flavor without the crunchy onion texture. 

Use pureed onions to spice up your signature salad dressing or selection of sauces. You can also try adding pureed onions to sausages or hot dogs for a bonus burst of flavor. Pureed onions can serve as an alternative to cream in soups and risottos to make vegan-friendly options or to simply enjoy a bright onion flavor. 

For an upscale feel, season and plate onion puree as a stand-alone dish that accompanies steak, pork, or chicken. 

Life Is Easier and Better with Gills Onions

Gills Pureed Onions eliminate unnecessary labor from your kitchen and save you valuable prep time. You no longer have to fear knife injuries, and you get the value-add of easy storage and a  long shelf life. 

From pureed to whole peeled to diced and sliced, Gills Onions has every type of onion you need to create truly unforgettable dishes. 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. 

Our Commitment to Fresh Produce

When you buy fresh produce at the store, you expect it to be fresh. Chefs purchasing fresh produce from suppliers expect the same. Unfortunately, what you pay for isn’t always what you get. 

Unless you buy fresh products from Gills Onions. 

We pride ourselves in offering the longest shelf life in the industry. We want our products to be the freshest, most delicious thing on your plate. Here’s how we back that guarantee. 

Why Shelf Life Matters 

A study from the Food Marketing Institute found that 80% of shoppers cite high-quality fresh fruits and vegetables as the most important thing when choosing a primary grocery store. And yet, time and again you’ll find consumers who buy what looks like a fresh piece of produce at the store, only to realize it has gone bad shortly after taking it home. 

This experience is backed up by a Zest Labs study that found that nearly half of the fresh produce they sampled in stores spoiled prematurely. 

Why does this happen?

The fresh supply chain is up against some very real challenges, namely a race to the consumer and a race against the clock. Fresh produce spends up to half of its shelf life in transit. From the second produce is harvested, the count down to break down begins. Growers and processors must use advanced equipment and technology and handle products with great care to preserve the quality while moving it quickly from field to consumer. 

It doesn’t matter how great your produce is when it’s harvested if it has gone bad by the time it is ready to be used. 

The Gills Onions Difference 

Presenting a fresher product to our end customer starts at the seed. Our unique onion growing prescription creates a “dryer” onion. With less water in the cells, these onions break down more slowly and resist the creation of that foul-smelling onion juice that accelerates the process of “going bad.” 

Once our onions are harvested, the number one factor in maintaining freshness is temperature control. We keep the product in a constant, controlled temperature range of 32 to 40 degrees Fahrenheit. This delays the natural breakdown of the onion cells and prevents damage that could come from freezing. 

By keeping the temperature fairly constant, we avoid the negative effects of “temperature abuse,” the strain put on vegetables when they come in and out of the cooler repeatedly. 

When it’s time to package our products, Gills Onions uses a breathable, soft-pack bag as opposed to a hard-pack vacuum seal. Breathability helps prevent bacteria growth, which causes a sour smell and a sour taste. 

With these practices in place, Gills Onions can deliver a consistently fresh product all year long. Our onions have a shelf life of 18 days. Most other onions are given 12 days. That means that even our farthest customers waiting for onions to arrive from California receive a product that still has about 10 days of freshness guaranteed. 

When you use a Gills Onions product, you can cook with confidence, knowing that your food will taste fresh because it is fresh. Every product in our line-up is grown, processed, and transported with quality as the priority. 

But like we always say, don’t take our word for it. Our onions speak for themselves.

Ready to try onions grown “The Gill Way”? Contact our sales department to learn more. 

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.

The Value of Sliced Onions

Your New Secret Ingredient: Gills Sliced Onions

There’s nothing better than a fresh slice of onion. But the process of getting there can be a pain, especially in a commercial kitchen. On average, it takes 90 minutes to whole peel and slice a 50 lb sack of onions, and after all that time and effort you’re left with only 30 to 35 lbs of usable onions, most likely inconsistently cut. There is a better way to get the most value from your onions. 

The Value-Add of Sliced Onions

Gills Sliced Onions arrive to your kitchen fresh cut and ready-to-use. No more time need be spent peeling, slicing, and doing your best to avoid dangerous knife injuries. With sliced onions, you guarantee yourself a consistent cut, price, and yield every time you order. What you purchase is exactly what you’ll get. 

Our fresh sliced onions come in a variety of cuts, quantities, and packaging to fit your unique needs. Onions can be purchased in 1/8 inch, 3/8 inch, 3/16 inch, 1/4 inch, and 1/2 inch slices. We ship our product in a 5 lb resealable bag as well as in a 5 lb tray and a specialty 14 lb hand-packed box. While our bags and trays contain loose onion slices, our hand-packed box features 1/2 inch full slab cuts. 

We package our onions so that you can rely on a consistent yield. For example, the 14 lb box always comes with 96 intact slices, while a 5 lb tray of 1/8 inch sliced onions guarantees on average 154 onion pieces.This consistency means you can accurately budget each meal, never ending up short or seeing product go to waste. If you frequently use sliced onions in your kitchen, the savings in labor and true cost can be tremendous. 

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 by switching to sliced onions.

Use Sliced Onions to Ramp Up Your Recipes

Sliced onions are the perfect complement to just about any dish. Use a 1/2 inch intact slice for a tasty crunch on a hamburger or in a fresh sandwich. Or pop apart intact slabs to make onion rings. Our bagged sliced pieces look and taste great on a Philly Cheesesteak sandwich or atop a garden or Greek salad. Caramelize sliced pieces with other vegetables to create a flavorful side dish, or roast a full slab to place over a broiled steak. Discover more delicious recipes on our website. 

Discover Fresh Cut the Gill Way

We grow, harvest, wash, peel, trim, and cut every onion that arrives in your kitchen. Gills Sliced Onions are just one of the many value-added cuts in our product line. From whole peeled to diced and slivered, we have every type of fresh cut onion you need. 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. 

Gills Slivered Onions: Small Cuts, Big Flavors

Some of the best things come in small packages. Gills Slivered Onions may be the smallest cut on our product line, but it packs a mighty punch. And it does so without the waste, time, and effort of peeling and slicing bulk onions. That means you get more value from each and every onion that comes through your kitchen. 

Value-Added Onions in a Perfect Sliver

Gills Slivered Onions are perfectly grown, clean, and cut under the watchful eye of our expert growers and processors. They arrive to you fresh, flavorful, and ready-to-use. 

The switch to a fresh cut onion product can be intimidating, but the truth is that Gills Slivered Onions add value and cut costs. With slivered onions, you guarantee yourself a consistent cut, price, and yield every time you order. What you purchase is exactly what you’ll get. 

Each piece of slivered onion is 1.5 to 2 inches long and comes in widths of either 1/8 inch, 3/16 inch, and 1/4 inch. Gills offers slivered onion cuts of both our yellow and red onions. We ship our product in a 5 lb resealable bag, which reduces the amount of excess packaging and boxes in your fridge and on your shelves. It also makes it easy to use onions as you need them without losing freshness. 

This consistency means you can accurately budget each meal, never ending up short or seeing product go to waste. You’ll find an average of 30 cups of Gills Slivered Onions in every 5 lb bag. If you frequently use onions in your kitchen, the savings in labor and true cost can be tremendous. Use our Product Calculator to see how much you could save by switching to slivered onions.

Add Slivered Onions for an Elegant, Tasty Touch

We think all of our onions are beautiful, but the slivered cut adds a fashionable flare to the plate. Use slivered red or yellow onions as toppings on gourmet wood-fired pizzas or to add a flavorful crunch to a garden or Greek salad. Fancy up your Philly cheesesteak sandwiches by swapping a traditional sliced onion with a slivered cut. Gills Slivered Onions are especially popular in Indian cuisine. Discover more delicious recipes on our website. 

Slivered Onions Done Right 

We grow, harvest, wash, peel, trim, and cut every onion that arrives in your kitchen. The best part is that Gills Slivered Onions are just one of the many value-added cuts in our product line. From whole peeled to diced and sliced, we have every onion you need to create truly unforgettable dishes.

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.