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When to salt onions?

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Wolfgang Jan 27, 2010 12:17 PM

I was wondering if there is protocol for when you salt cooked onions.

Sometimes I see people salt onions as soon as they get in the pan. Other times, they wait.

Does it matter if you are sweating them or sauteing them or caramelizing them?

Thanks,

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  1. Den RE: Wolfgang Jan 27, 2010 12:30 PM

    "if you’re sweating vegetables, you should add salt intermittently to help leech out the moisture, says Lauren Martey, a research and development chef for Diamond Crystal Salt. But if you’re caramelizing onions or browning mushrooms you don’t want to draw out moisture, for a better caramelization of the sugars, so you should wait until the end to salt."

    This is from a prior post on Chowhound.

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      serious RE: Wolfgang Jan 28, 2010 12:34 AM

      I have heard, but have not tried, that salting onions and than rinsing them before adding to salad, removes any trace of bitterness.

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        small h RE: serious Jan 28, 2010 04:47 AM

        That is true. If I'm using raw sliced onions for something, I often soak them for 5-10 minutes in warm salt water to make them less sharp. But that's not what the OP is asking.

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          serious RE: small h Jan 28, 2010 04:53 AM

          Quickly got off track since this salting for salads idea is in my brain. Read it in a novel about Turkey.

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