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post #1 of 6
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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 

post #2 of 6

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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post #3 of 6

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

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post #4 of 6

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! biggrin.gif

post #5 of 6

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? :)

post #6 of 6

I like the crunchy bits after making gee.

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