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caramelize

[kar-uh-muh-lahyz, kahr-muh-] /ˈkær ə məˌlaɪz, ˈkɑr mə-/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), caramelized, caramelizing.
1.
to convert or be converted into caramel.
Also, especially British, caramelise.
Origin
1720-1730
1720-30; caramel + -ize
Related forms
caramelization, noun
uncaramelized, adjective
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Examples from the web for caramelize
  • caramelize two tablespoons sugar, add butter and water, and boil two minutes.
  • caramelize sugar, add boiling water, and cook until syrup is reduced to one-third cup.
  • caramelize one-half of the sugar, and add slowly to two cups of the cream scalded.
  • caramelize the shallot in the pancetta fat, add the wine and geranium leaves, and boil until it cooks down to a syrup.
  • In a flash, she added the dash of sugar that would help the endive caramelize.
  • By the time the pie is baked, the peel and its pith caramelize and give the berries a surprising tang.
  • Stir together until the apples have softened slightly and begun to caramelize, six to eight minutes.
  • Add three tablespoons sugar and continue to saute until the sugar begins to caramelize in the pan.
  • When the figs are starting to caramelize at the edges, add the raspberries, tucking them into the spaces between the figs.
  • Watch carefully toward the end so that it does not overconcentrate and start to caramelize.
British Dictionary definitions for caramelize

caramelize

/ˈkærəməˌlaɪz/
verb
1.
to convert or be converted into caramel
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Word Origin and History for caramelize
v.

1837, from caramel + -ize. Earlier was past participle adjective carameled (1727). Related: Caramelized; caramelizing.

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