Onions getting old? Caramelize them.
- Slice as many onions into strips as you think your pan can handle.
- In a heavy bottomed pan, melt 1/2 teaspoon of butter or olive oil per onion over medium heat. Add the sliced onions, some salt and freshly ground pepper. Stir.
- Continue to stir once every minute or two until the onions reduce and turn a deep brown color, but do not allow them to burn. This should take at least 20 minutes or more depending on how many onions you have. Add a little more butter or oil during the process if you think the onions are getting too dried out.
- Freeze the onions in ice cube trays or muffin tins. Once they're frozen solid, pop them out of the tray and store them in a sealed container. The smaller portions make it easy to use exactly what’s needed, plus the onions thaw more quickly in the pan. (via the Kitchn)
- For perfect burger toppings, take a large cookie sheet and make believe you are topping a hamburger in a quarter inch thick and round manner. Place these "onion rounds" in the freezer Remove and wrap each in plastic wrap. Place in freezer bag and into the freezer (via Chowhound)
- Place in a 1-quart freezer bag and spread out evenly and thinly, about 1/4 or 1/3 inch thick. Create creases in the bag from the outside with a long, thin object, like a chopstick. Freeze flat with the chopsticks until frozen. Then remove the chopsticks. The creases will give you the ability to break off sections of the frozen caramelized onions when needed. (via Secrets of a Kitchen Wizard)
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