Onions

Caramelizing Onions

To make caramelized onions, saute sliced onions in 1 to 2 tablespoons of olive oil or butter (or 1 tablespoon of each) and 1 teaspoon of sugar per onion. Cook and stir occasionally over low heat…

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Chopped Onion Substitute

When there’s no time to chop onions, onion powder is one option. Substitute 1 tablespoon of onion powder for one medium chopped onion. For the best onion flavor, use frozen chopped onions or dried…

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Chopping Onions

I’ve found that the best way to chop onions with no tears is to place the cutting board on top of the stove and turn the vent fan on high. —Gloria D., Courtenay, British Columbia

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Cutting Green Onions

I recently tried a recipe that called for 3/4 cup green onions. Instead of using a knife, I found that snipping the onions with a pair of kitchen scissors took only a few seconds. —Kristy B.,…

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Keep Onion Handy

I keep a peeled onion in a glass jar in my refrigerator. It’s handy when I need a small amount of chopped onion for a recipe or my husband wants a slice of onion on his hamburger. It stays fresh…

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Keeping Onions Fresh

To keep onions from spoiling, I place them in the legs of a clean pair of nylon hose. I put them in one at a time and tie a knot between each onion. Then I hang them in a cool dry place. The…

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Learn about Leeks

A member of the onion family, leeks resemble oversize green onions, with wide green leaves, a fat white stalk and roots at the bulb end. Yet, the flavor of leeks is very subtle. Buy leeks with…

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No More Tears

To reduce tears while cutting onions, freeze onions for 20 minutes before chopping. Also, use a very sharp knife when chopping onions and chop quickly. You can save both time and tears by chopping…

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Shallot Substitutions

Shallots are part of the onion family and have a mild onion-garlic flavor. In place of 3 to 4 shallots, use 1 medium onion plus a pinch of garlic powder or (if you like the taste of garlic) 1…

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Sweet and Mild Onions

Tone down the pungency of onions by peeling and slicing them, then soaking them in ice water for 30 to 60 minutes before using. This process leaves them tasting mild and sweet. Carol B.,…

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