Good Question: Cooking Onions

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Dear Kitchen,

When I'm sautéing onions, some of them burn while others don't cook enough. I feel like I'm stirring them enough, and I use enough fat, but still, they often come out uneven.


Dear Tina,

You didn't say what kind of pan you're using, but my guess is that it's not heavy enough and/or does not conduct heat evenly, leaving you with hot spots that burn the onions. If you don't want to get a new pan, try really focusing on stirring constantly to ensure that no piece of onion hangs out too long in one place.

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