May 31, 2013

A Quick Tip


Let's see if it's possible for me to write a short blog post, sharing just one tip I learned recently.  And if anyone else has a quick tip to share in the comments, that would be awesome.

Brevity is a skill I need to learn to employ occasionally, both for my sanity and yours.  Can I write a blog post in less than 250 words, including the usual meandering introduction?

We shall see!

So the exciting trick I recently learned was...


A Faster Way to Brown Onions.

OK, so maybe not so exciting. And I know onions are not everyone's best friend.


However, I love onions, especially when they are brown and sweet.  But I'm lazy and do not like to spend any more time in the kitchen than is absolutely necessary.

The secret to fast brown onions?

Sprinkle a little baking soda on 'em!

How did I not know this? I'm guessing many of you folks are probably already hip to it.  

The Food Lab says 1/4 teaspoon per pound, but I use more and haven't noticed any problems. 

Does the baking powder trick do anything to negate the awesome health benefits of onions?

I have no f--king clue! Honestly, I'm not even sure if I want to know.  Though if anyone does, please clue me in and I'll ponder.

And here we are at... 227 words yikes! Time to wrap-up:

Anyone have thoughts, or a tip to share? It doesn't have to be about cooking either!

Grease Photo: MrTuffle
Fun with onions: Lileks.com



37 comments:

  1. That was short and sweet indeed! Don't think I will ever be able to be that concise. :-)

    Onions, garlic and leeks are among my favorite vegetables, and so good for your health!

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    1. I still haven't tried onion or garlic ice cream yet HSH, but that's about the only thing I haven't put 'em in!

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  2. My dad's favorite vegetable is onions!

    Lots of sodium in baking soda, no?

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    1. Good point dr. j, probably wouldn't be a great idea for those on a low sodium diet!

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    2. A tsp of baking soda is 1230 mg sodium, but in looking into it there are low sodium and no sodium versions that are available.

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  3. Oh crap, I forgot to log into the right account when posting this; "J Graham" is actually Crabby, for anyone who who might be confused.

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  4. Sounds like it's worth a try.. thanks.

    My quick and tasty tip is how to get every last drop out of a jar of spaghetti sauce. Wine. Pour some into the emptied jar, close it and shake it up. Pour the now yummier remaining sauce into the pot. If it's a rich sauce, red wine is great. Other sauces might work better with white. It's also a good use for leftover wine. Yeah, right.. as if there is such a thing.

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    1. Hilary, any tip that necessitates opening a bottle of wine is one I'm going to be using often! :)

      And I hate leaving extra ANYTHING in the bottom of a jar.

      But I'm thinking the wine trick might have some downsides with almond butter or honey...

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    2. I saw wine so I'm in!!! I will have to try that tip for sure!! Haha - leftover wine - haha!!!

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    3. Honey? Use brandy. Instant metheglin.

      Mary Anne in Kentucky

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    4. If you find an easy way to get the last of the almond butter, let me know! I just wish I had smaller hands so I could use my fingers, but they won't reach to the bottom!

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  5. Interesting tip - I had no idea! I love caramelized onions but rarely bother because they take so long to make...will have to try the baking soda. :)

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    1. Hooray for caramelized onions! And, thanks Shelley.. for showing me how to spell caramelized. Woulda forgotten the 'a'!

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  6. And you can make your roux in the microwave, too! Amazing how fast we can cook slow food these days, isn't it?

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    1. Really messymimi? This I did not know! Love Southern cooking but have always been too lazy (and fearful of all the delicious but not necessarily advisable quantities of butter etc). Microwave roux sounds intriguing!

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  7. Happy to learn about the quicker onion cooking method!! Does the baking soda help reduce the lingering smell of cooked onions? That would be a nice bonus!!
    I can't think of a single tip - so I'll just take the baking soda and wine - Thanks!!

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    1. But your blog is an AMAZING compendium of exercise tips Kim, so you take the baking soda and wine and I'll get my butt downstairs to the basement and try to copy some of your moves!

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  8. Death Ride GrandmaMay 31, 2013 at 12:52 PM

    High sodium? Why not promote it as an enhanced recovery meal? You know, you get back from the run/ride needing to get some quick protien & carbs, you're tired of all those recovery drinks, but don't want to spend a bunch of time cooking? Add some leftover meat & some toast, presto! You've got something that looks like it cooked for hours, and it even replenishes your electrolytes.

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    1. Ooh, great idea DRG, quick and easy elecrolyte-packed enhanced recovery meal!

      You've got a flare for marketing, wish I had that!

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  9. I love carmelized onions but hate the time to cook it. That's an interesting tip. My tip: A couple of years ago I was fascinated when a friend of mine told me to stop sliced apples from turning brown, put them in pineapple juice for a while. It really works and there is no taste change to the apple.

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    1. Yeah, brown apples always look kinda sad to me; thanks so much Katrin for the pineapple juice tip!

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  10. Very interesting tip! I'm a huge fan of onions and appreciate any tips on making them better.

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  11. Going camping? Wrap a big sweet onion in foil and throw it on the campfire! Just slice partway into it in quarters and stick a little slice of butter in the middle, and sprinkle it with salt and pepper. When it is cooked it is so delicious. I know it is weird but I ate mine right out of the foil. But you can also use the pieces on your campfire burgers.

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    1. Wow Lyn, that sounds delicious! I would SO eat the whole thing. Which might make me a bit unpopular in close quarters later on. (Note to self: pack onions and beano on next camping trip.)

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    2. Sound awesome Lyn. Gotta try that next time we're camping. Definitely healthier than Smores!

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    3. Great idea! I'm passing this on to the campers in the family.

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  14. I usually don't have a problem waiting for my onions to brown. I have issues putting them on the stove and then reading and/or writing blog posts and forgetting they are on there. LOL

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  16. I HAD NO IDEA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you!

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  17. Awesome tip! I'd never heard this before, but I'm definitely going to try ASAP.

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  18. I am so NOT an onion fan, but Jim & my oldest daughter have some sort of irrational love of them. So any tip that makes them faster to cook up so I can get away from them is a keeper! Thanks :)

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  21. great tip! I love to bake my onions rather than fry them, I think another good way to make them brown is to sprinkle brown pepper over them...mmmm yummy!

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