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Carmelized onions

When making carmelized onions is it customary to add sugar? Do the onions get sweet without adding sugar.

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  1. I don't add sugar. I cook them at lower heat -- you need to be patient! -- and they get nice and sweet.

    1. I do not add sugar. The caramelization adds all the flavour I need. Butter and/or oil in a medium hot oven (don't move the onions around too much) or on medium low on the stove top until they are golden brown.

      1. I don't add sugar. I generally use the yellow onions since they are sweeter (higher sugar content (glucose?)) and just let them cook under low heat...

        1. I don't add sugar, just low heat and patience, patience, patience. I know that some people do add a teaspoon or two of sugar (or Splenda for that matter) but it generally isn't necessary.

          1. Previous posters cite the patience required, but just to quantify this --- we're talking perhaps 40 minutes for the best results. Well worth it.