Poll of the Day > How the hell do I caramelize onions

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Blorfenburger
01/14/20 12:43:49 PM
#1:


I'm on my third attempt and I'm basically just browning them. Not like in cooking videos. I'm not trying to crisp them up I want them soft.
Anyone know how to do it?

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Fam_Fam
01/14/20 12:47:04 PM
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did you remember to put the caramel in?
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GenericGuy
01/14/20 12:47:51 PM
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yeah put the caramel in tc

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Blorfenburger
01/14/20 12:48:08 PM
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You posted in the wrong kitchen

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Kyuubi4269
01/14/20 12:48:32 PM
#5:


A little oil.
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Blorfenburger
01/14/20 12:49:26 PM
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Yeah I put a bit of oil, not too much like my first attempt

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GenericGuy
01/14/20 12:50:13 PM
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Kyuubi4269 posted...
A little oil.
A big oil.

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hypnox
01/14/20 12:51:26 PM
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Try covering the pan with a lid.

Also, reduce heat.

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Blorfenburger
01/14/20 12:51:43 PM
#9:


GenericGuy posted...
A big oil.
http://imgur.com/LB5yeCu

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GenericGuy
01/14/20 12:52:19 PM
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Blorfenburger posted...
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Blorfenburger
01/14/20 12:53:48 PM
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Alright, uh, next time I'll try covering it too

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Kyuubi4269
01/14/20 12:56:57 PM
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Keep it moving, sounds like too much pan contact.
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SaltyAndSweet
01/14/20 12:58:39 PM
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Are you using sweet onions? Cause a white onion is just gonna sweat and then brown

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SunWuKung420
01/14/20 1:01:58 PM
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Try butter, less heat, longer cook time. It's a slow process to avoid burning the sugars.


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Blorfenburger
01/14/20 1:07:56 PM
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Just used a brown onion, forgot the exact name. First attempts were white. And haven't tried butter yet

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Zangulus
01/14/20 1:22:20 PM
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Chop an onion to desired size.
Heat pan.
Add olive oil or butter.
Add onions, sweat them. Then lower heat and slow cook with cover on, stirring occasionally.

Dont forget salt and pepper.
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deoxxys
01/14/20 3:04:13 PM
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Cooking time is like 30 mins minimum, its got to be low and slow, plus you got to mix those a lot to make sure they dont burn.

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helIy
01/14/20 3:22:30 PM
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If you're crisping them, you have the heat too high.

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Blorfenburger
01/14/20 10:30:29 PM
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I did it you fuckers I put them on a burger and nearly died

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Jen0125
01/14/20 10:34:07 PM
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Try using butter

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Blorfenburger
01/14/20 10:37:04 PM
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I believe covering was what really made it happen. And I added little teaspoon amounts of water every few minutes

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aHappySacka
01/14/20 10:39:12 PM
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You need to add sugar first.

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wolfy42
01/14/20 10:41:46 PM
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Covering kept the moisture in, and adding water helped prevent them from drying out/burning as well, but using a lower heat would have worked as well.

I generally start with oil, and then add butter later (along with my garlic and mushrooms towards the end).

You were just using too much heat before. Sounds like your having to work hard, adding water etc, and also you can't easily see how they are doing with a cover on. I'd just try using a lower temp instead, should be able to carmalize them with no cover and just a stir every few minutes or so.

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Blorfenburger
01/14/20 10:45:03 PM
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I don't know if I wanna add anything else like brown sugar. Just salt since it seems and pepper.
I also added just little bits of pepper to make it spicy

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zebatov
01/14/20 11:24:48 PM
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I put a glob of margarine in a pan, let it melt and then add the onions. It should be at a three or a four on the heat setting and just mix them every couple of minutes. Its probably one of the easiest things to do in cooking.

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DirtBasedSoap
01/14/20 11:26:11 PM
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Blorfenburger posted...
I don't know if I wanna add anything else like brown sugar. Just salt since it seems and pepper.
I also added just little bits of pepper to make it spicy
dont season them until theyre done. Salt and pepper fucks with the way things cook

just use a lot of oil and super low heat and keep stirring. should take like an hour. You can also add water to the pan so they dont burn and stick.

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adjl
01/14/20 11:38:43 PM
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SunWuKung420 posted...
Try butter, less heat, longer cook time. It's a slow process to avoid burning the sugars.
deoxxys posted...
Cooking time is like 30 mins minimum, its got to be low and slow, plus you got to mix those a lot to make sure they dont burn.
hypnox posted...
Try covering the pan with a lid.

Also, reduce heat.

These. Caramelizing onions takes a long time, despite a rash of online recipes suggesting you can do it in 5 minutes on medium-high. Keep your heat low, your moisture high, and stir them periodically to keep the cooking even.

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Blorfenburger
01/15/20 4:09:51 PM
#29:


I used butter and oil and set it to 2. Took about 50 minutes, a lot of stirring. My girlfriend thought they looked too goopy but I put them in a grilled cheese and she loved it. Gotta make more when I leave work

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Wii3Kings
01/15/20 4:56:58 PM
#30:


I usually set the burner to medium, use some butter with the onions, when the butter melts I add a handful of ice cubes when the butter fully melts. It takes about 5-7 minutes. I learned to do this from a chef back in the mid 90s and it hasn't failed me since I started doing it that way.

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Llamachama
01/15/20 5:32:21 PM
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I like to dice an onion and cook them on low in butter, and a little teriyaki and soy.

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ReggieTheReckless
01/15/20 5:51:03 PM
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I like the recipes where you can do like 8 whole onions sliced at a time and just baked em in a covered pan in the oven with all the shit and just bam its done instant giant pile of caramelized onions
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