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    Pringles CheezUms Guest

    Default Learning Sauces...

    I've been told that the fastest way to better your cooking is to learn
    how to make sauces.
    Ok. I know of a few, hollandaise, white & brown gravy, marinara. I
    understand there are seven 'mother' sauces, yes?

    How do I learn how to make sauces?
    Any really good books about it?

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    Sqwertz Guest

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    On Thu, 05 Sep 2013 02:03:41 -0500, Pringles CheezUms wrote:

    > I've been told that the fastest way to better your cooking is to learn
    > how to make sauces.
    > Ok. I know of a few, hollandaise, white & brown gravy, marinara. I
    > understand there are seven 'mother' sauces, yes?


    There's 5.

    -sw

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    Julie Bove Guest

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    "Pringles CheezUms" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:c0bg29tahtsak2dprabs4a8fs3jo1froqu[email protected]..
    > I've been told that the fastest way to better your cooking is to learn
    > how to make sauces.
    > Ok. I know of a few, hollandaise, white & brown gravy, marinara. I
    > understand there are seven 'mother' sauces, yes?
    >
    > How do I learn how to make sauces?
    > Any really good books about it?


    Well I suppose a basic cookbook is a start. I don't know how many sauces
    are but I rarely make any sauces! Exception perhaps being spaghetti type
    sauce. I can't even put a label on mine. Just some form of tomato product.
    Whatever I have in the house. Sauce, chopped, could even use paste and
    water. Might add onions and peppers. Some black pepper, parsley, oregano.
    Maybe a squirt of lemon juice.

    White sauce is dead easy to make. Some form of fat and some form of
    thickener. Amounts vary depending on how thick you want it and what you use
    could vary depending on what you are doing with it. Add some salt and
    pepper. Cook it until bubbly for about a minute, particularly if you are
    using flour as your thickener to get rid of that raw flour taste. Then
    slowly add your milk, stirring or whisking to prevent lumps. Once you get
    the thickness that you want, take it off the heat. If you want a cheese
    sauce, add your shredded cheese to it and stir or whisk until melted.
    Reheat on a low heat if necessary.

    If I want a gravy, I merely add thickener to my meat once it is cooked, then
    add either milk or broth slowly until I get what I want. If I don't want
    meat in the gravy then I start with fat, preferably fat that came from the
    meat I will be stirring. In this case I will mix the thickener with some
    cold water to make a paste then slowly add that and thin down as above.

    I suppose that I have made other sauces over the years. I did make
    hollandaise a time or two for asparagus but don't remember the particulars.
    My family prefers pretty plain food so no need for sauces most of the time.


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    graham Guest

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    "Sqwertz" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > On Thu, 05 Sep 2013 02:03:41 -0500, Pringles CheezUms wrote:
    >
    >> I've been told that the fastest way to better your cooking is to learn
    >> how to make sauces.
    >> Ok. I know of a few, hollandaise, white & brown gravy, marinara. I
    >> understand there are seven 'mother' sauces, yes?

    >
    > There's 5.
    >

    6 if you add a can of condensed mushroom soup to the list{:-)
    Graham



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    John Kuthe Guest

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    On Thu, 5 Sep 2013 06:39:19 -0600, "graham" <[email protected]> wrote:

    >
    >"Sqwertz" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    >news:1dyjkn5i6te83$.[email protected]..
    >> On Thu, 05 Sep 2013 02:03:41 -0500, Pringles CheezUms wrote:
    >>
    >>> I've been told that the fastest way to better your cooking is to learn
    >>> how to make sauces.
    >>> Ok. I know of a few, hollandaise, white & brown gravy, marinara. I
    >>> understand there are seven 'mother' sauces, yes?

    >>
    >> There's 5.
    >>

    >6 if you add a can of condensed mushroom soup to the list{:-)
    >Graham
    >


    Which I never would!

    John Kuthe...

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    notbob Guest

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    On 2013-09-05, graham <[email protected]> wrote:

    > 6 if you add a can of condensed mushroom soup to the list{:-)


    Somehow, I can't quite bring myself to see carrageenan as a sauce.

    nb


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    Ema Nymton Guest

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    On 9/5/2013 7:39 AM, graham wrote:
    > "Sqwertz" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:1dyjkn5i6te83$.[email protected]..
    >> On Thu, 05 Sep 2013 02:03:41 -0500, Pringles CheezUms wrote:
    >>
    >>> I've been told that the fastest way to better your cooking is to learn
    >>> how to make sauces.
    >>> Ok. I know of a few, hollandaise, white & brown gravy, marinara. I
    >>> understand there are seven 'mother' sauces, yes?

    >>
    >> There's 5.
    >>

    > 6 if you add a can of condensed mushroom soup to the list{:-)
    > Graham



    Graham, you are just asking to get THWACKED! lol

    Becca


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    [email protected] Guest

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    On Thursday, September 5, 2013 3:03:41 AM UTC-4, Pringles CheezUms wrote:
    > I've been told that the fastest way to better your cooking is to learn
    >
    > how to make sauces.
    >
    > Ok. I know of a few, hollandaise, white & brown gravy, marinara. I
    >
    > understand there are seven 'mother' sauces, yes?
    >
    >
    >
    > How do I learn how to make sauces?
    >
    > Any really good books about it?


    _Sauces_ by James Peterson will keep you busy for a while.

    --
    Silvar Beitel



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    l not -l Guest

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    On 5-Sep-2013, Pringles CheezUms <[email protected]> wrote:

    > I've been told that the fastest way to better your cooking is to learn
    > how to make sauces.
    > Ok. I know of a few, hollandaise, white & brown gravy, marinara. I
    > understand there are seven 'mother' sauces, yes?
    >
    > How do I learn how to make sauces?
    > Any really good books about it?

    Chapter 4 of Shirley Corriher's book Cookwise is titled "Sauce Sense"
    and in 50 or so pages covers pretty much everything you need to know
    about sauces. Buy the book and you get what you seek, plus 6 more
    chapters that can provide an excellent education in cooking. It's not
    just recipes, recipes are there to help you learn the "Hows & Whys of
    Successful Cooking". Readily available from Amazon and other
    booksellers.
    http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_sa...2Ck%3Acookwise
    or http://tinyurl.com/cookwiseatamazon
    --
    Change Cujo to Juno in email address.

    Bad decisions make good stories.

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    Sqwertz Guest

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    On Thu, 05 Sep 2013 02:03:41 -0500, Pringles CheezUms wrote:

    > I've been told that the fastest way to better your cooking is to learn
    > how to make sauces.
    > Ok. I know of a few, hollandaise, white & brown gravy, marinara. I
    > understand there are seven 'mother' sauces, yes?
    >
    > How do I learn how to make sauces?
    > Any really good books about it?


    I saw the previous edition of this textbook at Half Price Books this
    morning that looked pretty decent.

    http://www.amazon.com/Sauces-Classic.../dp/0470194960

    -sw

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    Gary Guest

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    Pringles CheezUms wrote:
    >
    > How do I learn how to make sauces?
    > Any really good books about it?


    I've got an autographed copy of this book and it's pretty good for
    ideas.
    http://www.amazon.com/Complete-Book-.../dp/B00D1GFGEK
    I worked at her house for a week and she very nicely gave me 2 signed
    books of hers....this was maybe 15 years ago.

    G.

  12. #12
    Victor Sack Guest

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    Pringles CheezUms <[email protected]> wrote:

    > I've been told that the fastest way to better your cooking is to learn
    > how to make sauces.


    It depends on the kind of cooking you are interested in.

    > Ok. I know of a few, hollandaise, white & brown gravy, marinara. I
    > understand there are seven 'mother' sauces, yes?


    It seems, it is French sauces you have in mind. Depending on the source
    - Carême or Escoffier, for example - and point of time, there are three,
    four, or five (and possibly even six) sauces mères.

    > How do I learn how to make sauces?
    > Any really good books about it?


    I find the chapter on sauces in La Bonne Cuisine de Madame E. Saint-Ange
    to be really illuminating, as it provides not only instructions but also
    very good explanations as to the purpose of each sauce - and a seamless
    transition to traditional French recipes using them. The book is
    available in English translation.

    Victor

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    mixatorium Guest

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    On Thu, 5 Sep 2013 13:23:10 -0500, Sqwertz wrote:

    > I saw the previous edition of this textbook at Half Price Books this
    > morning


    No one cares, **** off and die.

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    mixatorium Guest

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    On Thu, 5 Sep 2013 02:15:59 -0500, Sqwertz wrote:

    > There's 5


    ....reasons to put you in a landfill, neeedle dick.

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    Kalmia Guest

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    Emeril did a show on mother sauces, if you can locate it. Youtube maybe? Otherwise, good old Joy of Cooking.


    I love a good mornay, but it's not exactly American Heart Association approved.

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