Make Slow Cooker Caramelized Onions for the freezer
It takes time and patience to transform eye-watering, nose-assaulting, sharp-tasting raw onions into soft and nutty-sweet caramelized onions. Done stove-top, it’s a labor-intensive, 30- to 45-minute cook time that can’t be hurried along if you want the food science to work. But the good news is, there’s an easier way to make caramelized onions.
Use the Slow Cooker to Caramelize Onions
Low and slow from the get-go, a slow cooker eliminates the frequent stirring and constant tending needed to ensure the onions don’t go from brown to burnt behind your back. Bonus: You can make a large quantity to bank for multiple recipes, saving you loads of prep time down the road.
Ingredients •8 medium/large onions* •¼ cup melted butter or olive oil (about a tablespoon for every 2 onions) •1 teaspoon salt (¼ teaspoon for every 2 onions)
Directions 1.Peel, cut in half, and thinly slice enough onions to fill a slow cooker half to three-quarters full. 2.Sprinkle onions with the melted butter or olive oil and salt. Toss to coat. 3.Cook for 10 hours on LOW. At this point, I found the onions had reduced from about 4 quarts raw to a little over 1 quart cooked onions and 1 1/4 cup liquid. To reduce further, leave the liquid in and cook for another 4 or 5 hours on LOW, stirring occasionally, until the onions are deeper brown and the liquid is almost completely cooked off.
*Note: I used a 6 1/2-quart slow cooker. Adjust the recipe amounts to suit the size of your equipment.
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