quick question people are trying to tell me

Discussion in 'Food & Cooking' started by sheehy18, Dec 30, 2010.

  1. sheehy18

    sheehy18

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    people are argueing with me saying you can carmelize just butter w/o sugar is this true. i would love people with a reputable idea of food because it is pissing me off that they think butter and only butter can be carmelized 
     
  2. phatch

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    It has protiens, milk solids (including sugar (lactose)) that will brown. And quickly burn from there so watch it carefully.

    It won't be sweet.
     
  3. petemccracken

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    TTBOMK, butter can be browned but I question whether it can be caramelized.
     
  4. eastshores

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    I've never heard it referred to in that term, as others said, usually you "brown" butter. I wouldn't argue it on a technical ground, the basic wikipedia definition states:

    Caramelization is the oxidation of sugar, a process used extensively in cooking for the resulting nutty flavor and brown color

    But you could argue it on the "no one says that!" grounds! /img/vbsmilies/smilies/biggrin.gif
     
  5. sizzlin

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    Butter does contain lactose from the milk so technically I suppose it could be considered caramelised...burnt butter is 'orrible though, why would you want to? :)
     
  6. asoefatida

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    I like the crunchy bits after making gee.