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You Ask, I Answer: Caramelized Onions

Posted Nov 13 2009 10:02pm

Are caramelized onions high in sugar?

One of my friends told me she read somewhere that they can have up to a tablespoon of sugar in them.

– Kristin Potok
Jacksonville, FL

Although their name might make you think so, there is no added sugar in caramelized onions.

Caramelization occurs when the naturally-occurring sugars present in the onion break down and a large majority of the water dehydrates, leading to a sweeter taste, softer texture, and browning.

In fact, this is very easy to do at home. Simply dice up some onions, heat up olive oil in a pan, sautee the onions over medium heat, cover the pot for 5 minutes, uncover and stir frequently for approximately twenty to thirty minutes.

No sugar needed!

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