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Ina Garten's Pro
Tip For Faster Caramelized Onions
Caramelizing onions requires great patience, as it takes at least 45 minutes to get them perfectly browned. Luckily, an Ina Garten tip can make things easier for the restless ones.
In her 2018 cookbook "Cook Like A Pro," the celebrity chef suggests using a bigger pot, noting its larger bottom surface will cook the onions better and faster than a smaller one.
Using too small of a pot can cause the onions to steam instead of caramelize, making them take far more time to cook. It’s important to note that the pan’s thickness matters, too.
Wide, thick-bottomed cast iron or stainless steel pans are best, but the choice of pan also depends on the amount of onions. For example, a 12-inch pan is ideal for two big onions.
The trick is to avoid steaming the onions by ensuring they aren't overcrowded in the pan. Avoid using a non-stick pan to have some fond stick to the vessel and enhance the onions.