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Sweat

Enhance flavor of aromatics

Example: Garlic

Around 225°

Toast

Add flavor to nuts

Example: Almonds

Around 250°

Caramelize

Brown and add nutty flavor

Example: Apples

Around 340°

Panfry

Brown with a little oil

Example: Chicken cutlet

Around 350°

Sauté 

Cook meats or produce

Example: Onions

Around 375°

Sear 

Develop flavor and color in conjunction with longer, slower cooking

Example: Steak

450° and up