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Can you caramelize frozen onions?
Last Updated: 10th April, 2020
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Besides, can you use onions that have been frozen?
To freeze chopped onions, wash bulbs well and chop as fine as you like. Thawed onions tend to lose their shape, so if you chop pieces super fine in a food processor, your thawed product may resemble mush. To use frozen onions, toss what you need into your dish and let them thaw as they cook.
One may also ask, what kind of onions caramelize? Any onion will caramelize, so don't be shy about experimenting. Yellow onions tend caramelize the most readily and be the most versatile in dishes. Red onions are fun for their deep purple color and are great on pizzas and salads. I rarely cook with white onions, but I imagine they'll caramelize just like the rest!
Similarly, you may ask, why won't my onions caramelize?
You're not sautéing your onions—you're trying to slowly coax flavor out of them. It takes time, probably a solid 45 minutes, for the onions' sugars to caramelize. If your heat is too high, the onions will burn. Heat your pan over medium-low, then add your onions.
Do you caramelize onions with the lid on or off?
Make sure whatever pot or pan you're using has a lid. Turn the heat to medium and add the butter/oil and salt. When the onions start making those wonderful sizzling noises, give the onions a good stir, reduce the heat to low, and cover the pot/pan. After 20 minutes, check the onions.