A separately-prepared cooking liquid or condiment served with other food.

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Homemade hot sauce- shelf life? Refrigeration? [duplicate]

I made some home made spicy chili paste experimentally. I winged it with no real research when my friend gave me a sizable bag of hang-dried Thai chili peppers from her garden. I chopped up the dried ...
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Make a cheese sauce that doesn't go solid when cooled

The way I normally go about making a cheese sauce for something like macaroni cheese, I start with a roux, slowly add milk, heat to thicken then add the cheese. This works just fine and is great if ...
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How can I make a “lighter” cheese sauce?

I am looking to make some cheese-sauce filled choux pastry balls as an appetizer. I was considering making a classical mornay sauce for the filling. But when it goes cold, I find it tends to be quite ...
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how to make banana caramel sauce incorporate with xanthan gum?

using the banana puree, how the banana caramel sauce can be make? what is the right proportion of banana puree to the caramel sauces?
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How do you make mustard water?

I just found out the little bit of water that forms right above Dijon mustard tastes great when adding it on top of meat! Problem is that there is not much of that water in a Dijon mustard jar. Simply ...
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Ling Ling Potsticker Sauce or Similar

I love pot stickers. I love them steamed, but even better deep fried. I've tried different brands and they all have a similar dipping sauce. It's hard to describe, but I'm sure a lot of you out there ...
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What is the optimal method for making box macaroni and cheese?

I have two young children (3 and 4.5), who both love Kraft Macaroni And Cheese, or similar variants. As a child, I also loved it, and between the two I've made a few hundred batches, at least. ...
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Pimento sauce that is added to mayo

My mother would grow her own pimentos, then she would clean and cut them up and melt them down in a pot and slowly reduce them down to a thick sauce. Then she added other ingredients which I believe ...
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Freeze ice to far below 0 Celsius?

Residential freezers are reasonably set to just below 0 degrees C: any colder doesn't preserve food any better. But if I want to chill a liquid without overly diluting it -- say, bringing a sauce ...
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How do you accompany other veggies with caramelized onions?

I assume that when you caramelize onions and would want your dish to also have caramelized carrots it would have to be more complex than just throw the carrots along the onions to the pot. Any idea ...
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Marinara Sauce recipe

I've been trying cook Marinara Sauce for a while now, I visited the states and had that sauce in their pizza hut. When I got back i tried cooking the same Pizza hut Marinara sauce but can never get ...
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Are there ways in which you can overdo your thickening?

In this recipe for mac and cheese that calls for a basic roux of 1/4 cup flour and 1/4 cup butter (60g from what I gathered it to be) I got a pretty thick sauce even after adding 3 cups of milk and ...
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How to taste a real ranch dressing outisde of the US

When I have been to the South Carolina, US, I fell in love with the popular american Ranch dressing. As an foreigner, I do not know much about this dressing, its origin and sorts, and never bought it ...
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Can you caramelize onions without using fat?

Serious Eats: caramelizing onions In this article the writer suggests slightly caramelizing table sugar and after that toss the onions in the caramelized sugar. My question is - wouldn't you need a ...
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Can you use wine for cooking even after it's past it's drinking date?

They say you should drink your wine in the 24 hours window since you have uncorked it. But what about using the wine in flavor bases to give sauces a sweet taste? Is it ok to use white wine for sauces ...
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Xanthan Gum v. Guar Gum v. Cellulose Gum v. Glucomannan

Of these four titular ingredients, can someone please help elucidate for me when one would want to use each one? So far the only one I've used personally is glucomannan(konjac root flour), and I have ...
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How do you know when your flavor base is thoroughly sauteed?

I have read that sauteing is basically taking all of the moisture and bite out of aromatic veggies. My assumption is as long as steam comes out of the flavor base (not fat burning smoke) there is some ...
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Does pre-packaged spaghetti sauce need to be cooked?

My daughter-in-law and I both prepare our spaghetti dishes with pre-packaged spaghetti sauce, bottled or canned. We both add it to browned ground beef. I use it as a base - to which I add sauteed ...
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Why did my ricotta cheese did not completely melt in the Alfredo?

Today I sauteed a quarter cup mushrooms in 3 tbsp butter and added 250ml cream. Everything was set for me to add the ricotta and finish the Alfredo, but it only partly melted. Beyond a certain point, ...
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When should you season sauce that needs to be reduced?

I just thought about how seasoning a sauce is not a wise decision because if it needs to through reduction like marinara then the flavors would get too concentrated. But I always see people put salt ...
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Can you substitute white wine with rose?

My recipe calls for white wine, but I only have rose. my rose is dry. Will this work? It's paired with mustard and tarragon for a steak
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How does (Goya) Sofrito sauce compare to salsa?

I was reading some rice recipes online. Some used sofrito sauce. I read the ingredients on the Goya label. It is similar to salsa. I think salsa is chunkier and uses fresh veggies whereas sofrito ...
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How should you saute in butter?

Sauteing is pretty problematic for me with butter. It is difficult to find the sweet spot where you don't burn the butter but don't steam the veggies, and even then seldom I will not get a sizzle even ...
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How do you know how much garlic to add to a dish and in what form?

I always shy away from using garlic because it is such a wild card. It burns easily, and how you chop, dice or grate it has a MAJOR effect on flavor so there is not much reference experience from ...
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When reducing, why do you simmer instead of boil?

All recipes call for simmering a dish if you wish to reduce. I know that if for example if I wish to reduce wine, it will take me double the time or even more if I simmer instead of just cranking the ...
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How do I know when my wine is properly reduced?

I guess it can be subjective according to tastes, but some reduction is required. If I could know what I am trying to do away with in the reduction process (alcohol, raw bite or volume) then I could ...
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When should or shouldn't you toss pasta with sauce?

Tossing pasta with the sauce saves the need to unstick it with starch water. But I have a theory that if the pasta sits in the moisture of the sauce for too long (fridge) it gets soggy and loses it's ...
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How do you cook boneless chicken thighs?

I can cook beef steak and chicken breasts pretty good, but boneless chicken thighs is where I have some issues. First it is uneven in width, making it hard to properly cook the insides without ...
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Will meat taste okay if I cook it in a pan where the leftover fond seems burned?

I have found that after 2 batches of chicken breasts, the fond is in the pan for enough time to start burning, so the third batch gets a little black and starts to taste burned. Does it mean that I ...
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A recipe inspired by Brat cheese sauce/Cooking in Wine

I followed a recipe to the effect of: boil Brat sausages in 24 ounces of beer remove sausages (do not drain the beer), pan fry or grill them add 2 c. sharp cheddar, and 1 package cream cheese to the ...
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How do I concentrate the flavor in orange juice?

I poured squeezed orange juice over my meatballs and I thought how well it complements them, but that it's too watery to enjoy with meat. I proceeded to reduce squeezed orange juice on the stove with ...
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What is the difference between enchilada and marinara sauce?

I am wanting to know the difference between marinara and enchilada sauce please.
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Sauce made from butter and cream flakes/curdles

My sauce recipe (Laurent Tourondel, BLT p 140) called for heavy cream and butter to be set on high heat: Put the cream and butter over high heat. cook until the butter is melted and browned, ...
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Regulation and balancing of readymade packed mayonnaise and other sauces

How to reduce the acidity of packet sauces and mayonnaises? I came to know these packed food stuffs are very acidic to prevent any bacterial attack and i felt it my own, so what is the best way to ...
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Which types of tomatoes are good for which dishes? [closed]

I am just beginning to realize the difference between the tastes and quality of different tomatoes for different dishes. I need help from a tomato expert. Which tomatoes are best for the following ...
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Should I finish teriyaki sauce with butter?

I've been told to finish most any sauce with butter but teriyaki sauce seems like it would be an exception to that rule because of the flavored involved.
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Making cheese sauce

I have been doing the following and was wondering if there is a term for how I make cheese sauce? I first get a lump of butter and then with a fork knead a bit of flour in. I'm sure there is a fancy ...
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How can I remove burnt smell from white sauce?

I was preparing white sauce from milk. I started with boiling one half litres skimmed milk for the above. The bottom was getting burnt as I was not stirring continuously. Finally the white sauce ...
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Does adding sugar to tomato type sauces affect acidity?

Many(most?) tomato based pasta sauces have added sugar, it is generally a very small amount. I have always heard this was done to reduce the acidity. My main question: Does this little bit of sugar ...
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What should I look for when choosing tomatoes for pasta sauces?

What factors should I take into account when selecting tomatoes for sauces? Background: I'm growing my own tomatoes, and I need to start germinating soon. Taste and production are my 2 first ...
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Sweet sauce for Peking Duck?

I've always wondered what sauce they served with Peking Duck at various Chinese restaurants (at least in Australia anyway). Whenever I order Peking duck as takeout, they normally provide a cute little ...
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Garlic butter sauce

My family loves pasta with butter,garlic,and black olives topped with Parmesan but now I'm in a home with a gas stove and it causes the butter to clump to pasta and no longer is like a sauce stirred ...
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Is this canning method safe to use for spaghetti sauce? (Boiling the sauce in the jars in the oven)

This technique has been used by my family for decades but I'm wondering how safe it is to kill Botulism spores. Step 1, cook the spaghetti sauce in a large pot (tomatoes, meat, fruits, vegetables, ...
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Off Garlic! Can we fix recipe?

HELP! My darling husband has started dinner for us, but upon tasting the tomato sauce for our lasagne, it seems the garlic was off! It tastes like damp, wet, mildew, blah! Is there anything I can do ...
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Best way to bottle peri peri sauce?

I am looking to bottle my father-in-laws peri peri sauce and sell it at markets. The ingredients consist of fresh and dried herbs, garlic, salt, lemons and oil (sunflower, canola and olive). This is ...
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How does the choice of vegetable ratio and processing steps influence the taste of mirepoix?

There are sources on the internet, but each one touches only one or two areas and some contradict each other. For example they say "two parts onions for other veggies" but videos always show equal ...
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How close are store bought broths and stocks to the real thing?

Many of the sauces I wish to make require broth or stock. I quite fear the preparation which requires lengthy cooking and dedicating more precious storage space for the finished ingredient. Is using ...
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Why do BBQ sauce recipes specify that you must cook the sauce?

Most BBQ sauce recipes specify that you cook them, why is this? Would it not suffice to just mix the ingredients together as they will be cooked when you use the sauce on the grill anyway?
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Which cream should I use for cream sauce?

I was making a cream sauce last night to put over tortellini. My choices of cream at the store were heavy whipping cream and half and half. I used both and it turned out watery. Which should I have ...
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How can I stabilize my hot sauces?

I have started producing hot sauces, the taste and consistency is great! They are cooked sauces, I meant I cook the peppers and vegetables into the vinegar and water, then put them into a food ...