what does it mean to "sweat" the onion and garlic in the ketchup recipe?

  • Posted by: Spork
  • July 15, 2012
Recipe question for: Ketchup


aran.connolly July 15, 2012
More of a melting process where the onions and garlic soften without getting color which would change there character/flavor you are extacting the flavors and oils into the surrounding fat to serve as a base for addditional ingredients.
Sam1148 July 15, 2012
Also cover the pan with a lid, slightly askew...so it just kinda 'smiles' at you. The steam will help keep them from browning...and as mentioned very low heat.
Dea H. July 15, 2012
Basically, you want the onions and garlic to just start to release their liquid until the soften. They shouldn't begin to color- they just need to "sweat" their water. This should be done over a low/medium low heat.
creamtea July 15, 2012
saute over very low flame, slowly, so they don't brown.
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