Interesting little article.
«In truth, the best time to caramelize onions is yesterday. Often enough, you need to have them ready before you can start on the rest of the dish. Thus the recipe-writers’ impulse to deceive. Browning onions is slow work, and it comes first. So get a pan going after dinner, and they’ll be ready when you need them. Or throw the onions in a crock pot and go to bed. In recipe time, that’s hours and hours. In your time, the time that matters, it’s less than five minutes.»
I believe this applies to more than just caramelizing onions. All recipes seem to take a lot longer than they claim they do. This has implications beyond more than just inconvenience for us folks who like to cook and have a kitchen with enough space to make a mess. It has a lot to do with the diets of people with less wealth and less free time.
Two low-paying jobs, anyone?