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Since I'm a "novice" (to say the least) at cooking, I was wondering what methods you use to fry onions. I like to fry them until they're very soft.....which seems to take forever. I figured maybe I was doing something wrong. I usually fry them with vegan margarine (Hain brand or Earth Balance) or extra virgin olive oil. The other day when I was frying some to make with pierogies, they burned before they got soft (with the Hain margarine). I've heard that extra virgin olive oil isn't good to cook with because it has a low smoking point. So...my question is: how can I cook them quicker (unless they just naturally take a long time to get soft?), and not burn them before they're done?
 

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Keep the heat in the skillet on medium-low for the first 5-7 minutes until they are semi-firm and a little transparent, and then turn the heat on high for about 3-4 mintues and fry them until they are crisp and golden. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)">
 

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I don't know about pierogies because I've never made them before, but I've heard that EVOO (extra-virgin olive oil) has a really low smoke point while regular olive oil has a smoke point that's a bit higher and more suitable for pan frying. You might want to give that a try. For deep-fat frying, I would go for either canola or peanut oil because the smoking point is higher and less likey to burn in a deep-fry situation.<br><br><br><br>
I love pierogies, but have not made them before by hand. Do you have a good and easy recipe?
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by DeeYahMK</i><br><br><b>EVOO (extra-virgin olive oil)</b></div>
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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by MsRuthieB</i><br><br><b>Steam them in the microwave for a couple of minutes prior to cooking them on the stove top. That may work.</b></div>
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I've never steamed anything in the microwave before...should I put a little water in the bottom of a bowl with the onions, and cover it (leaving the cover off slightly to let some steam escape)?
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by DeeYahMK</i><br><br><b>I love pierogies, but have not made them before by hand. Do you have a good and easy recipe?</b></div>
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I wish.....but I just buy them pre-made (frozen) at a health food store.
 

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I "steam fry" most everything I fry to lower the fat content. I spray the pan with a little bit of oil and then add a few spoons of water to keep everything moist. Add more water (or broth, or wine) as you go to keep it from drying out. This works perfectly. You may be setting the heat on your stove to high if the onions are burning before they get tender. Don't set the heat higher than medium. Start out on low and work your way up. You can finish on medium-high for just a minute or two. It takes 10-15 minutes to get the onions really soft and translucent. You have to be patient.
 

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I use nonstick pans and sautee things in vegetable broth or water instead of oil.<br><br><br><br>
They key to getting sauteed onions to be carmelized (soft and light brown in color) is to "sweat" them. Basically, stir-fry them on medium high heat for a minute or two to get them going, then lower the heat a bit and cover the pan for a couple minutes, occasionally uncovering to stir them. This accelerates the process without having to nuke them in the microwave. This works if you use oil or another stir-fry liquid, and it also makes mushrooms nice as well.
 

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i just want to add: have you tried adding other things to perogies? i usually fry mine with onion and mushrooms, sometimes green peppers, but one time i had one lone veggie burger patty in the freezer and no buns so i broke it up and fried it up with the perogies with onion and mushroom. it was so frikin good! seriously they were really gosh darn tasty.<br><br>
i also use garlic powder, basil and lots of seasoned salt when i fry them.<br><br><br><br>
but yeah i usually just put the stove at about 4, toss in the perogies (boiled) and onion at the same time and if you flip and stir often at that heat the perogies will get brown and crisp at about the same time that the onion turns golden. as for oil i always just use sunflower oil
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by vegankittykat</i><br><br><b>Since I'm a "novice" (to say the least) at cooking, I was wondering what methods you use to fry onions. I like to fry them until they're very soft.....which seems to take forever. I figured maybe I was doing something wrong. I usually fry them with vegan margarine (Hain brand or Earth Balance) or extra virgin olive oil. The other day when I was frying some to make with pierogies, they burned before they got soft (with the Hain margarine). I've heard that extra virgin olive oil isn't good to cook with because it has a low smoking point. So...my question is: how can I cook them quicker (unless they just naturally take a long time to get soft?), and not burn them before they're done?</b></div>
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You should use cook with coconut oil, it with stands very high temperatures with out smoking. Plus it's very healthy for you, it doesn't become rancid like vegetable, olive..... etc oils.<br><br><br><br>
And just to add, eating raw foods is better than coooking them because you kill all the vitamins when you cook them. With onions,it's good to cook them or else they are kinda strong. But eating a 50% raw food diet ( vegan of course) gives you a lot of energy.
 
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