Sweating

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Purpose[edit]

To cook things in a small amount of fat slowly without browning.

Equipment[edit]

To saute something, you need need a pan, a few tablespoons of fat, and a medium burner.

Technique[edit]

  • Add your fat to the pan, and turn the burner to medium.
  • When the oil appears to be significantly less viscous than what's in the bottle, add the items you need to cook to the pan.
  • Keep them moving enough so they won't brown.
  • Cooking time varies considerably depending on ingredient, size, cut and purpose. When it's cooked to your liking, remove from the pan.

Considerations[edit]

Sweating is exactly like sauteing, except you're trying to heat the food through without browning it. If you've ever seen an instruction in a recipe to cook onions until they were translucent, or cook garlic until it was fragrant but not browned, this is what they wanted you to do.