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Which goes in first?
Onions first 88%  88%  [ 148 ]
Garlic first 4%  4%  [ 6 ]
Both at the same time 9%  9%  [ 15 ]
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 29, 2010 6:40 pm 
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When I learned to cook (as a little kid...so I've been doing it this way my whole life...) I was always taught that you put the onions in first, before the garlic, because garlic burns more quickly.

I don't tend to cook from recipes a lot, but I'm experimenting a bunch at the moment, so I've been going through lots of recipes and I keep finding instructions that say to saute the garlic and THEN put the onions in, afterward.

I tried it that way last night, just to see what would happen, and sure enough, the garlic overcooked before the onions were done!

Am I missing something? Do other people really put the garlic in before the onions? I'm so confused! All the recipes I've found seem to say that you should do that! Is there some reason to put the garlic in first that I don't know about?

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if Im sauteing the onions till theyre semi translucent than the onions go in first, if Im doing a quick saute then both at the same time

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I don't think I've ever seen a recipe that says to put the garlic in first. I almost always do onions first so as not to burn the garlic, but I've probably put them in at the same time before if a recipe called for it.

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Both at the same time. I chop everything before I start and put them in bowls, and I'll be damned if I'm going to dirty two bowls for onions and garlic.

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I always put the onions in first and get them nice and translucent first, or browned if the recipe calls for it that way. That's the way I was taught, too! Garlic goes in just long enough to get nice and fragrant but not burned.

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I always put the garlic first, only because that's how I learned it from my dad.

I know garlic will flavor the oil like garlic. I don't know if onions do the same. I don't know a ton about the chemistry of things, but I think because onions have more water than garlic, once you put them in, you are going to prevent the browning of anything else. So if you lightly toast the garlic first, then add the onions, they should flavor the oil, but they shouldn't burn. At least they don't burn for me.

Three things that could be tripping you up:

1. Heat is too high
2. Not enough oil in the pan
3. You cook the garlic too long before adding the onions


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monkeytoes wrote:
I don't think I've ever seen a recipe that says to put the garlic in first. I almost always to onions first so as not to burn the garlic, but I've probably put them in at the same time before if a recipe called for it.


Yeah, me neither. But I mostly follow Isa recipes and she does onion first and then garlic.

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It depends, I guess. Tonight I made a mushroom topping for our baked potatoes. I put the garlic in first, medium-low heat. As soon as I heard a sizzle, I put the mushrooms in and turned down the heat a smidge and coated the mushrooms with the garlic. No burning. I sometimes do the same with onions and garlic. It depends on what I have chopped up first.


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paprikapapaya wrote:
I always put the onions in first and get them nice and translucent first, or browned if the recipe calls for it that way. That's the way I was taught, too! Garlic goes in just long enough to get nice and fragrant but not burned.


I feel strongly that this is the best way! I always see recipes which say cook them together, but if you cook minced garlic with diced onion for three or four minutes, you are going to burn the garlic. I never cook my garlic in oil for more than about a minute before removing from heat or adding liquid.


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It depends, I guess. Tonight I made a mushroom topping for our baked potatoes. I put the garlic in first, medium-low heat. As soon as I heard a sizzle, I put the mushrooms in and turned down the heat a smidge and coated the mushrooms with the garlic. No burning. I sometimes do the same with onions and garlic. It depends on what I have chopped up first.


Yeah, I do it that way, but adding the onions after letting the garlic only sit for a few moments. I love the smell of the garlic alone with olive oil.

Also, if you really want the garlic flavor in the oil. you can push the garlic to the side of the pan once you swirl it in th oil a bit. Or you can even take it out.

You can probably tell I love my garlic oil.


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keen_on_quinoa wrote:
Both at the same time. I chop everything before I start and put them in bowls, and I'll be damned if I'm going to dirty two bowls for onions and garlic.

Why dirty any bowls? I'm curious! I just leave my chopped onions and garlic on the cutting board until ready to use.

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Both at the same time. I chop everything before I start and put them in bowls, and I'll be damned if I'm going to dirty two bowls for onions and garlic.

Why dirty any bowls? I'm curious! I just leave my chopped onions and garlic on the cutting board until ready to use.

I don't know about keen_on_quinoa, but my counter space doesn't allow for that kind of setup.

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Onions first, for sure. And then I'll add half the garlic when the onions are cooked, and the other half when the whatever-meal is just about cooked. I like garlic and find that cooking it too much kills all the flavour.


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Onions first because the garlic always burns if I don't. Like mishka, I find that garlic is best when it's basically just warmed up. If it's brown and crispy, it's not gonna be that tasty.

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You know, I usually throw it all in together, but I have a problem with burning garlic, so you may be on to something there, choirqueer.


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mishka wrote:
Onions first, for sure. And then I'll add half the garlic when the onions are cooked, and the other half when the whatever-meal is just about cooked. I like garlic and find that cooking it too much kills all the flavour.


I do it this way, too.

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IsaChandra wrote:
keen_on_quinoa wrote:
Both at the same time. I chop everything before I start and put them in bowls, and I'll be damned if I'm going to dirty two bowls for onions and garlic.

Why dirty any bowls? I'm curious! I just leave my chopped onions and garlic on the cutting board until ready to use.


My cutting board isn't big enough for that. I could probably get a bigger cutting board now that I'm in a bigger apartment with more counter space.


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i learned (but i don't remember from where) to put the garlic in first to "sweat" it. maybe my boyfriend taught me? something about releasing the aroma or flavor or something. clearly i really know what i'm talking about here...


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Onions first because the garlic always burns if I don't. Like mishka, I find that garlic is best when it's basically just warmed up. If it's brown and crispy, it's not gonna be that tasty.


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Onions first. Although I don't mind if my garlic gets brown and crispy, I like it that way too.

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IsaChandra wrote:
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Both at the same time. I chop everything before I start and put them in bowls, and I'll be damned if I'm going to dirty two bowls for onions and garlic.

Why dirty any bowls? I'm curious! I just leave my chopped onions and garlic on the cutting board until ready to use.

I don't know about keen_on_quinoa, but my counter space doesn't allow for that kind of setup.


Same, I basically have an A4 space for most prep, so if I don't want to be trying to chop other things with one hand while stirring what's already in the pan with the other to stop it from burning I kinda have to stick everything in bowls beforehand.

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Onions first; then garlic. That is all.

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Usually both at the same time, unless the onions have to be really soft and translucent because then the garlic would burn. I often leave the onions a bit underdone because I like them very oniony.


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I like to condense steps whenever I can. Garlic and onions together. If I'm making a pot pie filling or something, all the other veggies go in together. It always turns out good and saves a lot of time. None of that onions for 10 minutes, garlics for 2 minutes, mushrooms for 5 minutes, carrots for 8 minutes, etc. crepe with me.


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I do onions first. Garlic burns easily, so if you get the onions soft first and then add the garlic it doesn't burn as easily.


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