quick question people are trying to tell me

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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 
 

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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.
 
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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
 
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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? :)
 

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