Ask the Chef Monday: “Sweating” Vegetables

Monday, September 30, 2013

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It’s Ask the Chef Monday! This week, Chef Peter explains the process of sweating vegetables.

Question: “What does it mean to sweat vegetables and when should you do it?”

Chef Peter: “Sweating your vegetables, typically used with onion, is to cook on a low heat to help release the moisture.  You want to do this over a low heat because you don’t want to add any color.  For instance when sweating onions, they become translucent.  The process of heating also changes the starch to sugar so the onions gently loose their sharpness.”

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