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Appropriate process for bulk sauteing onions?

In doing some bulk cooking for a vacation, I needed to cook 12 sliced onions and later 6 minced onions for two different dishes; both as a first step in a sauce. In both cases, I used a large Le ...
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What is the correct onion to tomato ratio for North Indian masala sauce?

What's the optimum — or, at least, the most widely used — tomato to onion ratio for making the tomato masala (sauce)? Masala is used as the base for a number of north Indian dishes. Onions are fried ...
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How to remove dirt from inside green/spring onions?

I love spring onions (I believe they're called green onions in the US); I use them in salads and to add flavor. The problem is, whenever I get them from the supermarket, they're filled with dirt. No ...
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Can you caramelize onions without using fat?

Serious Eats: caramelizing onions In this article the writer suggests slightly caramelizing table sugar and after that toss the onions in the caramelized sugar. My question is - wouldn't you need a ...
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Chopped onion versus dried minced onion

Can I use dried minced onion instead of chopped onion? I don't have onions and I have more than enough minced onion in my seasoning rack.
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How do you accompany other veggies with caramelized onions?

I assume that when you caramelize onions and would want your dish to also have caramelized carrots it would have to be more complex than just throw the carrots along the onions to the pot. Any idea ...
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How well does it work to just throw in all the ingredients and boil?

I'm wondering about this recipe. It tempts me because I'm really lazy. But I'm skeptical because I've always been taught to sauté onions first, then progressively add other ingredients, starting ...
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How do I tone down onion sharpness already in the chicken salad?

How do I tone down onion sharpness already in the chicken salad? It asked for red onion, which I didn't have so I used the only thing I had, shallot. I used far less than indicated. I have already ...
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Mixture of ingredients has a bitter taste

I put ginger, cilantro, red onion, jalapeno and garlic in a blender for a dish I'm preparing. This mixture was going to be fried in oil. I noticed that it had an extremely bitter taste - what could be ...
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Which parts of a spring onion should I use in a pasta salad?

The recipe I've got (Commonsense cooking, page 211) for a pasta salad lists spring onion (green onion/scallions) as an ingredient, but doesn't say which part to use. Should I be using the long, ...
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Why use onions in cooking?

Onions are an ingredient in almost every recipe. I hate the taste(flavour) of them (I know I might be the only one). I always try to avoid eating them and try to pick them out of the food. Seeing that ...
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What can I substitute for onions?

I love onions; however, someone that I cook for does not. Absolutely hates them and can tell whenever they are in the dish. That said, so many recipes call for onion to be added. What can I use ...
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How do you finely dice an onion without crying? [duplicate]

This question addresses onion crying But no one seems to say what should you do when you finely chop an onion. See, not cutting the onion core, using the Gordon Ramsay technique and generally ...
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Is it safe to eat sprouted onions?

I opened my onion rack lately to find onions that had sprouted several-inch-long green roots... It made me extremely queasy and I threw them out. But I was wondering - would it be safe to eat them / ...
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Onion and Garlic, a no-no?

I had an Italian flatmate once who was on the brink of lynching me when he saw I used garlic and onion in one dish. He said that - at least in Italian cuisine - thats an absolute no-no. You can use ...
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Why would I add garlic to a recipe after onion with such a small time difference?

I have a recipe for Tomotillo & Green Chili soup that calls for one diced onion to be sautéed for 3 minutes prior to adding the four diced garlic cloves all of which is then cooked for an ...
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Sauteing onions to the point of transparency - what is ideal?

Observing other people cooking, I hear comments about sauteing onions until they turn transparent (or translucent), or just before they start to turn. Usually in books and shows about cooking, this ...
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How can I peel pearl onions quickly?

I love pearl onions, but I'm always put off by the idea of peeling every single one. Are there any shortcuts to peeling pearl onions?
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How can I chop onions without crying?

Onions are an excellent addition to many dishes, but cutting them can be frustrating when they make you "cry" all the time. Does anyone know any tips or tricks to help minimise the tears when ...
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How can I remove moisture from my onions?

Currently, I prepare onions to put on a pizza by using a food processor to chop them, then strain them and let them dry. Then, I put them in containers before use. However, the onions have been too ...
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Which onions to use and how to cook them for an Indian curry recipe that specifies “fry until deep pink”?

One of the curry recipes in the book "50 great curries of India" says "Heat the oil in a cooking pot and fry the onions until deep pink." I think I know what it means when a recipe says "until deep ...
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How many times can vinegar (after soaking onions in it) be reused again for soaking the fresh onions?

How many times can same vinegar (after soaking onions in it) be reused again for soaking the fresh onions? Do I need to take any special care w.r.t Vinegar for maintaining its freshness?
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Plain Greek yogurt with finely chopped green onions dip

I am doing a 21 day challenge and I am making a Greek yogurt and finely chopped green onion dip and I need something to subsitute green onions with. What can I use that is very similar to it?
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Cooling cooked onions before adding to raw mince

In Masterchef The Professionals (season 8 episode 11), Marcus Wareing demonstrates his skills test and cooks a burger. In the process, he rapidly cools the onions after sweating them by placing them ...
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Why do you marinade steak with onions?

Most recipes call for onions when marinading steak, but...why?
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Do I need onions when making thai curry paste? or can I just add onions to the dish I'm cooking later with the paste?

I've been experimenting with making green thai curry paste this week and I have a pretty decent tasting curry resulting right now. However, in all the green curry paste recipes I see, they say I have ...
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Is it safe to eat green onion slime?

I just harvested some scallions from the garden, where it's getting bit chilly (late November in Seattle). After chopping them, I realized that their insides were covered in a gelatinous, slippery, ...
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What is the right temperature for deep-frying?

I want to know what is the right temperature for deep-frying, for: Schnitzels French-fries Crockets and Onions. I want to know the lowest temp for the right frying, because I want to keep the oil as ...
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Green and white mold on dry part of onion only. What to do?

My girlfriend and I purchased a bunch of red onions and then went a week or two without using them. When we went to use them last night, we discovered that most of them had grown lots of green and ...
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How can I store chopped onions in the fridge without the smell?

I am cooking for a large group and am trying to do as much as I can in advance. One thing I would love to do in advance is chop several onions. I have done this before with a single onion; I stored ...
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Is there any advantage to adding salt to onion while frying?

Is there any advantage to adding salt to onion while frying itself rather than adding it the last? My friends say it removes moisture from onion. Is it true? Why is removing moisture from onion ...
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First onion or first minced meat?

When making e.g. spaghetti sauce, do I: first sweat the onions and then add the minced meat? first brown the minced meat and then add the onions? do both at the same time but in different pans and ...
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Looking for a substitute for onions [duplicate]

I love onions, but as an IBS sufferer, I find that it is one of my trigger foods and gives me diarrhea. Is there anything that I can put in recipes as a substitute?
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Removing pungency from onions [duplicate]

I am from Gujarat,India.at restaurants in my city,they provide raw sliced onion as condiment.it tastes really sweet and not at all pungent. How can I remove pungency from onion?I tried soaking them in ...
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Why cook onion with chicken? Is it just for taste?

In some of the chicken chili recipes I use, the recipe says to cook (or sauté rather) chopped onion with the chicken. Is that only because onion adds a certain taste? Or does this process do something ...
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Why is it recommended to blanch onions before pickling them?

I was recently looking for a recipe to pickle onions, and among several others I found this one. Skimming through the comments I came across the same question as I'm asking now, but without any other ...
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How do I tone down the intensity of raw onion?

How can I tone down the intensity of raw onion? Some onions have a more acute taste and smell than others of the same type, and I would like to avoid them in salad dish, or making dips with raw onion. ...
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Is butter required to caramelize onions?

Caramelized onions are great but I've only seen them prepared with loads of butter. Can you caramelize onions without butter and still achieve the same effect? Or is butter what creates the ...
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Storing unused portion of red onion

I like the red onions in my toss salads. Seldom do i use a whole one, because they are usually so large and i want to know how can i keep the already cut onion from going bad. I have tried just ...
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Is there a difference between green and spring onions?

I've seen some recipes call for green onions but always use spring onions? Is there a difference between them? Is there a better substitute?
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Which type of onion causes the least eye irritation

I am willing to forgo a little taste if I don't have to take 3 breaks while dicing an onion. Should I use red, white or yellow to minimize eye irritation. I have a small fridge/freezer so freezing ...
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Is it safe to eat sauteed onions left at room temperature? [duplicate]

I made a big pot of sauteed onions and garlic (~9 onions and a head and a half of garlic), and forgot to put it away overnight. It was probably off the fire for around 8-10 hours... Is it safe to keep?...
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Substitute for Onion Powder

I live in Europe but use many US recipes. These often call for onion powder which is hard to find here. Diced or minced onion is often not a good alternative and whilst garlic powder is easier to ...
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Can Kebabs be frozen?

I have made why I fear is far too many beef and pepper and onion kebabs for a party. Can I freeze any of them beforehand, or will the vegetables be mushy when thawed? Is there a better way for me to ...
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Making chili less oniony

I made chili last night and it is way too oniony. I know you can use potatoes to make things less salty; any advice on making already made food less oniony?
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How do I save my curry with too much of a raw onion smell?

I was cooking for a party and ground my raw onions, added to oil and then added meat. Now the curry is sweet and smells like raw onion. How do I save this curry so I can use it for the party?
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Using minced onion instead of powder onion, will it change the expiration date of the final product?

I produce a product using onion powder which gives me 6 months before it expires. Will that 6 months decrease if I use fresh powder during the production? The cooking proccess includes pasteurizing ...
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how long to leave the sliced onion mixed with salt/pepper for onion Bhaji/onion fritters/onion pakoras?

How long should we leave the sliced onion mixed with salt and red chillies/green chillies, for them to be used for onion fritters/onion bhaji/onion Pakoras with gram flour? Suggested time is usually ...
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Can you develop an immunity to chopping onions causing tears?

I just chopped a particularly strong onion, I noticed some slight irritation but no tears. I realized then that onions haven't made me cry for years, decades even. I use all kinds of onions and take ...