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I'm planning to make homemade onion rings and I'm concerned

The recipe calls for club soda, I only have tonic water. Can I substitute tonic water and club soda or do I have to go back to store?

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by Anonymousreply 95Last Saturday at 10:18 PM

I wouldn't. Tonic water has that distinctive, bitter taste of quinine.

by Anonymousreply 110/17/2020

But Susan, we thought you ate whole onions like apples. Why bother to go to all the trouble.

by Anonymousreply 210/17/2020

This will end in (onion) tears...

by Anonymousreply 310/17/2020

I've tried to make onion rings at home a few times and it never turns out right. Even with club soda thing.

I even sliced, battered and FROZE the uncooked rings overnight and deep fried them the next day (which apparently is some big secret technique). Those turned out the worst of all.

And then I gave up!

by Anonymousreply 410/17/2020

OP's local Outback Steakhouse is still shut down apparently and he is missing the blooming onion.

by Anonymousreply 510/17/2020

Yep R3. I like to cook, and don’t go out to eat a lot because I figure, “well I can make this myself”.

My exceptions are always things that I could not or would not make at home, and deep frying anything is one of those. It is messy, difficult, and possibly dangerous if you don’t know what you are doing.

by Anonymousreply 610/17/2020

I know you're supposed to freeze a battered blooming onion before frying it. But I've never heard of freezing battered onion rings before frying.

by Anonymousreply 710/17/2020

I am very concerned about the temperature of your oil. Keep it at 375f Dear.

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by Anonymousreply 810/17/2020

You need to follow the directions exactly like they fucking say!

by Anonymousreply 910/17/2020

I prefer using beer for onion rings.

by Anonymousreply 1010/17/2020

Try a different recipe that doesn’t include club soda, like AllRecipes Old Fashion Onion Rings. Unfortunately I can’t add the link.

by Anonymousreply 1110/17/2020

I'm deeply troubled.

by Anonymousreply 1210/17/2020

R10 can come cook for me.

by Anonymousreply 1310/17/2020

Just BUY 'EM, OP!

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by Anonymousreply 1410/17/2020

Amazon makes fucking onion rings now?

I give up.

by Anonymousreply 1510/17/2020

Has anyone here succeeded in making onion rings at home? I love them and would try but don't want to waste hope and ingredients. For the record, I don't have any deep-frying equipment.

by Anonymousreply 1610/17/2020

I use flour and buttermilk and fry in canola oil. The onion rings turn out fine.

by Anonymousreply 1710/17/2020

Has anyone else played onion ring toss with erect penises?

by Anonymousreply 1810/17/2020

If the oil is not hot enough the coating will get over saturated soggy and fall off when you remove them. If it's too hot you can over cook the outside before the inside gets any heat. There is a sweet spot of oil temp. Get a digital thermometer. Some say 350F is good, but I have found the temp drops too much when adding things to the oil. 375f is much better. And don't fry in olive oil, it's smoke point is too low. Use oil with a high smoke point. AKA don't set your kitchen on fire.

We wouldn't want you to literally die in a grease fire.

by Anonymousreply 1910/17/2020

R19 knows how to cook and I like it.

by Anonymousreply 2010/17/2020

This recipe calls for milk. No club soda needed.

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by Anonymousreply 2110/17/2020

[quote] You need to follow the directions exactly like they fucking say!


Mom, get off the Datalounge please.

by Anonymousreply 2210/17/2020

I love my Fry Baby. I'm making falafel this coming week.

This kind of inspires me to try onion rings. Or go to DQ and buy them!

by Anonymousreply 2310/17/2020

Don’t skip this step!

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by Anonymousreply 2410/17/2020

I'm planning to make homemade cock rings and I'm concerned

by Anonymousreply 2510/17/2020

Onion rings are best made by a restaurant with proper equipment and experience, that is good at making then, and makes them all the time. One thing you can’t replicate at home (you could try) is the vat of dirty grease they use and re-use. It counts for a lot of the flavor.

by Anonymousreply 2610/17/2020


Don't skimp on the deep-fried heavy batter, OP!

by Anonymousreply 2710/17/2020

Why? This is no good.

by Anonymousreply 2810/17/2020

[quote] Has anyone here succeeded in making onion rings at home?

I made beer battered onion rings once. They were good but not sure if it's worth the effort. I don't have any special equipment, just a heavy pot and thermometer. I hate deep frying. It's messy, greasy and wasteful. I wanted to try it though because I've never had homemade onion rings and the ones in restaurants are always bad.

by Anonymousreply 2910/17/2020

[quote] I've never had homemade onion rings and the ones in restaurants are always bad.

Say what? This doesn’t make any sense. All onion rings in restaurants are bad, yet you’ve never had homemade. What do you have to compare it to? Maybe you don’t like onion rings.

by Anonymousreply 3010/17/2020

Just make the frozen ones in a bag. Get high while they are in the oven and you won't know the difference. Much easier clean up as well.

by Anonymousreply 3110/17/2020

I love onion rings, but I would never deep fry anything at home. I’ve tried, but it never turns out good. Buy them frozen and bake them and be done with it.

by Anonymousreply 3210/17/2020

What the fuck is buttermilk?

by Anonymousreply 3310/17/2020

R33, seriously? How old are you?

by Anonymousreply 3410/17/2020

R34 55. I live in New Zealand, have never seen butter milk at the supermarket. So, how does one 'milk' butter?

by Anonymousreply 3510/17/2020

You can milk anything with nipples.

by Anonymousreply 3610/17/2020

It's a type of sky, r33...

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by Anonymousreply 3710/17/2020

Psst, r35, I've got a secret to tell you about sour cream.

It’s not really cream that went bad.

by Anonymousreply 3810/17/2020

R38 We do have sour cream here. So, buttermilk is the whey left after making butter. God, you people eat any shit.

by Anonymousreply 3910/17/2020

I have a reduced fat recipe using cornflakes and buttermilk that bakes ....I’ve done the frozen ones that are some restaurant name I forget..super good.

by Anonymousreply 4010/17/2020

Nathan’s frozen are fucking great!

by Anonymousreply 4110/17/2020

Frozen. Buy some other frozen delicious item to eat with the rings. I use the occasion to enjoy frozen fish bordelaise. There is one brand in my grocer with real butter, real ocean caught wild fish, and no MSG. It tastes better than anything I can make with fresh white ocean fish. The fresh fish is never as fresh as the frozen in landlocked countries.

by Anonymousreply 4210/17/2020

OP here, I made them... it was disaster. I will try again tomorrow.

by Anonymousreply 4310/17/2020

Deep frying stinks up the house for days.

by Anonymousreply 4410/17/2020

Trolling, trolling, trolling......

Hey, OP. Does your recipe call for ketchup for a condiment and you're wondering if your mom's squeezed-out Kotex can be used instead.

Plus you don't know how you that as a condiment will keep your girlfriend from being pregnant, since she's a boy?

by Anonymousreply 4510/17/2020

R14 is spot on, Alexia onion rings FTW

by Anonymousreply 4610/17/2020

R46 is one of those bloated clods who (1) praises frozen, pre-made onion rings, (2) says "spot on" because she thinks it sounds classy, except she says "posh" because she heard it on TV, and (3) used FTW because she's lazy and living in 1998.

She eats fat, uses language fat and types fat.

by Anonymousreply 4710/17/2020

It's a thread on blooming onions mate, everyone on here is fat.

by Anonymousreply 4810/18/2020

Onion rings homemade are a pain in the ass to make. Also, you need to dispose of the frying oil properly as well. Not worth the trouble! Go buy them from a restaurant or frozen.

by Anonymousreply 4910/18/2020

Here you go R11-

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by Anonymousreply 5010/18/2020

Thank you R50

by Anonymousreply 5110/18/2020

I've made some decent fries. You have to fry them twice to get crispy ones. Was it worth it? It smells up the joint and keeping the oil is a drag. I'm frying the falafel on the porch this time.

by Anonymousreply 5210/18/2020

Save yourself 2 days work and just go get a large order at Burger King or Dairy Queen.


by Anonymousreply 5310/18/2020

Burger King onion rings are NOT real onion rings. They’re blah, dough-y onion meal bread rings deep fried. Just bread.

A lot of places and frozen brands pass this kind of thing off as onion rings because it’s cheaper and easier to produce. They should have a different name.

Onion rings are large while slices of raw onion, battered, and then deep fried so the onion cooks and the outer texture is crispy and crunchy like tempura or something.

by Anonymousreply 5410/18/2020

Thanks Karen.

Don't tell us fast food French fries aren't fresh cut potatoes either.

by Anonymousreply 5510/18/2020

Karen / R54 is right. Whole onion rings are 10x better than minced. Accept no substitutes.

by Anonymousreply 5610/18/2020

It's not a real hot dog unless it contains..... oh never mind.

by Anonymousreply 5710/18/2020

Minced onion ring are "onion rings" in the same way Doritos are "tortilla chips."

by Anonymousreply 5810/18/2020

I may try to make them using Panko.

by Anonymousreply 5910/18/2020

R58 Not exactly.

The minced material in minced onion rings is mostly bread or flour, and depending on the brand I would imagine little or possibly no real onion, maybe just flavoring.

Doritos are pressed together triangle shapes baked on an assembly line and not real "tortilla chips" per se, but are still made mostly of corn meal.

by Anonymousreply 6010/18/2020

I still haven’t recovered from seeing my seven year old niece excitedly order onion rings at a diner. When she bit into the first one her face winced up and she spit it out. My sister helped her and she was almost in tears because, “Mommy there is huge piece of an onion in this!”

by Anonymousreply 6110/18/2020

You should order your neice a tongue sandwich to watch her reaction.

You mean it's a.....!

by Anonymousreply 6210/18/2020

Children are so fucking stupid. They’re like mini-Republicans.

by Anonymousreply 6310/18/2020

There was a thread about electric fry pans a while ago...really brought back memories of another time. My mom fried everything. Both mom and dad from deep south. But she made just exquisite fried shrimp, hamburgers, pork chops, french fries, and onion rings, and I never realized what effort she put into it, to make them come out perfectly. Probably the reason I was a chubby when I was younger and dropped the weight when I grew and started demanding baked or roasted everything, and salads. She still had that electric skillet (acquired with green stamps) the day she died. I realize this doesn't solve your dilemma, OP, but it really brought back some memories.

by Anonymousreply 6410/18/2020

PS, any place (I live in Pork country) that makes a good tenderloin will have great onion rings usually.

by Anonymousreply 6510/18/2020

It’s 2020. AIR FRYER. Yes it works great. in related news, tater tots are also delicious air fried.

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by Anonymousreply 6610/18/2020

These are fabulous. I bake them, but they would be awesome fried

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by Anonymousreply 6710/18/2020

R64, are you my cousin?

We too used to fry everything. Except my mom hated cooking and was very depressed most of her life.

So she would take to her bed and ask me to watch my baby brother and fry her up some onion rings. (I was 10 or 11.)

Anyway.... you need Zatarains batter. And you need to fry them in hot crisco. Can you still buy crisco?

Make sure the onion slices are pointing “up” to keep the batter from sliding off too quickly.

You might have good luck making the batter a bit thicker than the instructions call for.

Good luck!

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by Anonymousreply 6810/18/2020

Tried again and failed again. I'll stick with a frozen brand. I'll try Nathan's.

by Anonymousreply 6910/18/2020

The best results I’ve had frying at home has been making latkes. I’m not Jewish, but this goy-boy definitely has a future in Jewish hash browns.

by Anonymousreply 7010/18/2020

Haha, what went wrong, OP?

by Anonymousreply 7110/18/2020

I have a husband for you, R70.

by Anonymousreply 7210/18/2020

The batter wouldn't stay on the onion rings and then everything burned and smoked up the kitchen and now my house smells like burnt grease and tears.

by Anonymousreply 7310/18/2020

Gurl, git you some Zatarains and some Vidalia onions.

You can do it!

by Anonymousreply 7410/18/2020

Please don't encourage OP... He's clearly escaped death by literal grease fire only by crying a river.

by Anonymousreply 7510/18/2020

As an experienced cook I would say "do not substitute" . There is sugar in tonic water.

by Anonymousreply 7610/19/2020

R68 You keep pushing Zatarain's batter but couldn't even bother to link properly. It's "currently unavailable" at your link.

by Anonymousreply 7710/19/2020

Love onion rings. Some American-style restaurants here serve them. Not in the Outback, though!

by Anonymousreply 7810/19/2020

The post of original writing has far too much of the time on hands. Try the search and find answer then post result first. Why worry when real problems start. Stop being world watching does not go around you.

by Anonymousreply 7910/19/2020

I’m gifting everyone in this thread a WEIGHT WATCHERS membership.

by Anonymousreply 8010/19/2020

R14 Alexia Frozen Onion Rings are delicious! A friend said that their hashbrowns are good, too. I didn't like their seasoned waffle-cut fries.

by Anonymousreply 8110/19/2020

[quote]Stop being world watching does not go around you

I like how you speak in tongues

by Anonymousreply 8210/19/2020

Re: batter not sticking to the onions. One thing I remember from my frying days in the 00's (I went through a phase) is this is a common problem with frying battered things.

The solution was something like this: wet won't stick to wet, and dry won't sick to dry. The batter is always wet, so you have to make the surface of the food you want it to stick to DRY.

How you do this to large rings of raw onion I don't know (wrap them n paper towels? heat them?) You should probably google to find out. Which is what you should probably be doing anyway besides asking DL.

Good luck on your 18th attempt!

by Anonymousreply 8310/19/2020

Caramelize the onions in butter in a pan, then broil with bread crumbs over the top. Or caramelize the onions then eat on crusty bread with something savory like meatloaf or French hard sliced pate, or Italian sausages. You're welcome.

by Anonymousreply 8410/19/2020

OP please let us know how the Nathan’s onion rings turn out. I don’t deep fry things at home, but I’ve only been out to eat twice in the last six months. Some tasty onion rings would be a nice change.

by Anonymousreply 8510/19/2020

Nathan's Frozen Onion Rings were awful. They were greasy and gave me a stomach ache. Alexia is the best.

by Anonymousreply 8610/19/2020

Remember to crack several windows for ventilation. Your farts are going to be nasty and long lasting.

by Anonymousreply 8710/19/2020

I bought the Red Robin brand and haven’t made them.

by Anonymousreply 8810/21/2020

I say AGAIN, OP - Just but the fucking things...rings...whatever..

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by Anonymousreply 89Last Saturday at 6:55 PM

Red Robin were better than Nathan’s..crispier/not as greasy

by Anonymousreply 90Last Saturday at 8:10 PM

[quote]e surface of the food you want it to stick to DRY. How you do this to large rings of raw onion I don't know (wrap them n paper towels?

It's just like any other breading method, you toss them in flour first, then the batter, then fry.

by Anonymousreply 91Last Saturday at 9:40 PM

Careful using Panko, it's very crispy but the flakes are so big they tend to fall off. My trick is to take a cup or two of it and pulse it in the food processor until it's fine like the cheap bread crumbs in the can. It still is more crunchy and sticks better.

by Anonymousreply 92Last Saturday at 9:43 PM

Use beer instead.

by Anonymousreply 93Last Saturday at 10:10 PM

I volunteer to be the Official Taste-Tester.

I'd like a burger with those rings, if it's not too much trouble.

And a Coca Cola with real sugar.

by Anonymousreply 94Last Saturday at 10:14 PM

Check the dumpster out back Darfur Orphan.

by Anonymousreply 95Last Saturday at 10:18 PM
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