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Mar 27, 2006 11:20 AM

caramelizing onions

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Best, fool proof ways to caramelize onions? I always get so impatient, I add a pinch of sugar and call it a day. Help!

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  1. An electric non-stick skillet (or fondue pot, for small amounts) is a godsend for this task.

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    1. re: Karl S

      My method is very easy but takes approx.45 minutes. Add sliced onions to the pan with some olive oil,salt and pepper on a very low flame and cover them for about 20 minutes stirring often. You want them to be translucent. Once they reach that stage, remove the cover and turn the heat as high it will go. Stir them often and they will take about 25 minutes or so to carmelize.

    2. there's loads of ways to do it. keep it on a relatively high heat for the impatient. and when they are almost done, throw some red wine or balsamic vinegar on it, reduce, salt/pepper, yum.

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        faijay( fai jackson)

        I usuallly turn on Aretha Franklin, return to the kitchen and dance and sing until the onions are camelized. Actually, there is nothing wrong with adding a little brown sugar and vinegar and piling it on to crosettas. Anyway, my soul music method is fool proof, unless you get too wrapped up in the music.

        1. Here's an answer you probably weren't expecting. I got it some time ago from another board but don't have the attribution, so apologies to whoever posted it.

          6 cups sliced onions, about 1/4 inch thick
          2 tablespoons olive oil

          Put the onions in a crock pot, drizzle the olive oil over, cover and cook on high for 8-10 hours. Stir a few times during cooking. Onions will be dark brown.
          If desired, add a splash of balsamic vinegar and a good pinch of sugar - white or brown as you prefer -
          toward the end.

          I always knew there'd be something I could use the crockpot for.

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          1. re: taco_belle

            This is similar to what I tried. I'd read here to fill the crockpot with sliced onions, put a stick of butter on top, turn it on low and wait 8-10 hours. It worked perfectly.

            1. re: Bobfrmia

              Yes, this is what I do. Works great!

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            A Fish Called Wanda

            I think there are as many ways to caramelize onions as there are cooks. A link to mine is below in a caramelized onion and cherry tomato tart recipe.