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Using sauce as a soup base

I am wondering which, if any, prepared sauces would work as a soup base. After several experiments I have found that none of the many (mostly Asian) sauces I have on hand work for this (just an ...
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How can I stabilize a berry coulis?

I made a coulis from fresh blackberries by simply using a fork and sieve. The creamy coulis had beautiful color and texture, however it clearly separated into a watery and a more granular phase. How ...
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Bolognese: can I add the meat after tomatoes?

I see most recipes online mention first frying the meat a bit and then adding it. I think that would make the meat drier than meadt mixed into fresh tomatoes. Will it work ok if I put the meat into a ...
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Can you and how do you melt quark cheese into bechamel?

I would like to try to make quark cheese sauce for pasta, but I'm not confident I can make the cheese melt properly as I've never done it before. What I would like to use specifically is the Polish ...
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Why is no juice left after cooking lamb or beef joint in a pan?

When I have cooked a leg of lamb or a beef joint I end up with no juice in the pan. I end up using a stock cube. What am I doing wrong? I put salt pepper and oil on it before searing in a frying pan ...
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What is the best way to infuse mint into a tomato sauce?

I want to create a tomato based mint sauce. I have access to fresh mint. What is the best way or the best time while cooking the sauce to incorporate the mint? Are the flavor components in mint water ...
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When to add vanilla beans to a sauce?

I would like to make a simple vanilla sauce for my cake. So far, my idea is to cook a sweet cream pudding (using a pudding mix from a bag), and then enrich it with ground vanilla beans. At what stage ...
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Cheesier Cheese Sauce?

I'm trying to make some nacho cheese sauce. As the recipe calls for milk, I think the overall cheese flavor is getting diluted. I'd like to make my cheese sauce taste really cheesy. I'm going to try ...
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What is the correct timing when cooking spaghetti sauce from minced meat and prepared tomato sauce?

First, after adding a little oil in the pot, when do I add the minced meat? Then how long do I leave it? Also, when should I add the sauce? (I use a spaghetti sauce already prepared with all stuff in ...
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Key ingredients for classic Sauce Bolognese (Ragù Bolognese)?

What are the ingredients, both main and optional, for a classic Ragù Bolognese? I tried getting an answer to this question. First I looked around this site. I found one question about a "secret ...
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What is bearnaise sauce thickened by?

As from the title, what is Bearnaise sauce thickened by? There are a few different ingredients in bearnaise sauce that helps in thickening such as egg yolks, but how is it thickened and what other ...
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Is “medium white sauce” a usefully distinct term?

I am familiar with a basic white sauce, or béchamel, and know how to make it. I recently came across a recipe (circa 1950's) that calls for 1 cup medium white sauce. Is this the same as a béchamel? ...
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How to make this shawarma hot sauce?

I'm not sure how to ask this question so bear with me. This shawarma place nearby has this amazing hot sauce but I have no clue whats in it! I want to re-create it if possible. I talked to the clerk ...
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Why use citric acid and sodium hexametaphosphate in cheese sauce?

I was watching a YouTube video from ChefSteps on how to make cheese sauce. They used sodium citrate and sodium hexametaphosphate. What are the reasons for including these in the recipe? What are the ...
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How can I make 'Santon sauce'

My local Chinese restaurant (Happy Chef on King St, Sydney for anyone who's interested) does a very simple dish of a half crispy skin chicken, served with rice and a sauce that they call 'Santon ...
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Can I store fish sauce at room temperature, and how do I know when it's gone bad?

For a long time, I believed this advice: Don't refrigerate your fish sauce. Whatever can happen to this brew has already happened; it's not going to go bad. You can pass your half-empty bottle ...
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How to make Coconut/Chili Sauce (based on Photos)

This is a Vietnamese dish described in the menu as "Scampi with Coconut/Chili Sauce". Can anyone tell me what ingredients I would need to make this sauce at home? I enclose two different variants ...
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Can you make Bearnaise with olive oil?

I'm looking to make a 'paleo version of Bearnaise Sauce. Can you substitute olive oil for butter when making Bearnaise sauce?
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Homemade Buffalo Sauce

I live in the Philippines where Frank's Hot sauce is frankly quite expensive. I'm planning to make a homemade Buffalo Wings sauce with Trappey's Hot sauce (which is cheaper) to sell in our ...
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Does anybody recognize this Finnish dill sauce?

My husband brought back a homemade sour cream dill sauce from Finland. It was thick, perhaps with a puréed vegetable, but I couldn't taste cucumber or the like. There is definitely some texture there. ...
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What is a blended sauce?

There are three types of sauce, which is 1. roux, 2. blended, and 3. all-in-one. I get what the all-in-one and roux sauce are and what steps to take to achieve it, but what exactly is a blended sauce? ...
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Why is it that caramel sauce should not be stirred after it has boiled?

The internet says swirling is fine, but not stirring. Why is that so?
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Failed pan sauce didn't thicken and tasted far too much of wine

I'm teaching myself to cook and I just tried to make a pan sauce to go with my turkey breast. This failed pretty much completely and I decided to abandon the sauce and eat the turkey breast without ...
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When should I not use a cornstarch slurry?

When thickening sauces, due to time constraints, my roommate almost always ends up making a cornstarch slurry and dumping that into the sauce instead of letting it reduce naturally. When would that be ...
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After a few days why does my hot sauce separate leaving liquid in the bottom?

After making my hot sauce it tends to separate leaving a vinegar at the bottom and sauce at the top. When I shake it up then it's back to normal. Any suggestions?
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Lemon dill sauce broke [duplicate]

When making a lemon dill sauce will limited ingredients due to Lenten restrictions, we found the sauce broke after simmering. The sauce was vegetable stock with lemon juice then thickened with a roux ...
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Why my banana sauce is not smooth?

here is my recipe 100g banana * 1 egg * 1 tbsp. corn starch * 3 tbsp. granulated sugar * 150ml milk I use folk to beat bananas. Then put everything together and then strain. then put it on stove ...
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Dipping sauce for shabu-shabu

I am at the Hilton in Narita, and I've just come back from a wonderful meal of Shabu-shabu. One of the dipping sauces was stated to be soy sauce, but it had a lovely sweet sort of flavor to it, so it ...
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Does quality decrease by heavily reducing wine?

Somewhere I read a suggestion to reduce wine separately before making a red wine sauce. After doing that, the alcohol taste is always gone, and I can control the wine taste efficiently. A few times ...
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Alfredo sauce - help adding taste

How do I add back in the taste and fat to low fat alfredo sauce?
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Soy Sauce storage container

I use a fair bit of Soy Sauce for cooking as well as the occasional Chinese take away. My question is fairly simple. Can I store Soy Sauce in a glass vinegar type shaker narrow neck bottle that's not ...
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Why do you stir italian sauce all day

Its mentioned in Goodfellas so this is obviously a thing among Italian families and their cooking. Do you stir to prevent it from sticking? Why cook the sauce for so long?
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Sanitizing bottles/jars for homemade sauce

The recipe for tomato sauce (includes vinegar, sugar and salt) I am using says I can put the bottles in cool water and bring to boil; once they are boiling, they are ready to fill and seal. My ...
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Problem cooking chicken wings with a bbq marinade

I've cooked chicken wings in a bbq marinade before and the results were disastrous, I put them in a pre-heated oven that was heated to 200 degrees celsius however as the marinade contains sugar the ...
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Shelf life of frozen stocks and sauces [duplicate]

Whenever I make stock or sauces (mostly tomato sauce), I make large batches and freeze whatever I won't be using over the next couple of days. I use simple plastic containers -- nothing air tight. How ...
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Reducing spice in sauce [duplicate]

How do you make already prepared sauce less spicy? I must have used too many hot chili peppers or cooked them too long. Is there something to off set it from being so hot? The sauce is for General ...
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What is the advantage of a roux over a raw flour slurry, in sauce?

My standard Bechamel sauce recipe used to be: Stir together flour and oil into a paste Fry for a short while Add a small amount of milk Heat and stir until incorporated Repeat steps 3-4 with ...
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How do I make good chimichurri?

I've checked out several recipes and none of them really turn out right. They taste like well... parsley, balsamic vinegar, and garlic. No actual kick to it. Nothing special. I toss the whole thing ...
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How can I make my black beans less dry?

The dish is simple. I usually just boil beans, add sautéed onions and garlic, season with cumin, then eat with steamed rice. I love the flavor as it is. I have a problem with the texture. If I leave ...
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Why does Tomato Sauce (ketchup) require refrigeration but Barbecue sauce (like Worcestershire sauce) does not?

We have two types of sauce we put on our sausages. Tomato Sauce (Australian - ketchup equivalent) and Barbecue Sauce (Australian - mix of ketchup and Worcestershire sauce). The Tomato sauce indicates ...
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Can I freeze cranberry sauce?

I made delicious cranberry sauce with fresh berries, sugar and brandy. Can I freeze it?
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Should bubbles be forming only in center of pot when simmering? (Dutch oven on gas burner)

I'm cooking Marcella Hazan's bolognese/ragu recipe using a brand new Le Creuset 7-quart round dutch oven. For the long simmering stage, the recipe says to keep the heat very low, which is what I'm ...
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need to convert US recipe calling for tomato sauce to equivilant in UK

I have a wonderful chili recipe that calls for 16 oz. of tomato sauce and need help finding an equivilant for my dear friend in the UK who wants to make this recipe. Is there a way she could delute a ...
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Lumps of flour in my sauce

During the thickening of my sauce I accidentally poured too much flour into my sauce. This resulted into lumps of flour. Is there a way to get rid of these lumps?
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How to boil away water from a sauce without it splashing?

When "slow cooking" a certain recipe, I need to keep a lid on the pot, or the sauce slowly but surely splashes all over the place. However, with the lid on, the sauce retains much more water than I ...
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Why is my cheese sauce sweet?

I have made cheese sauce before and it has never been sweet. No problem with butter and flour and then I added milk like before. White sauce was fine. So I added cheese. Yes it was a package of ...
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What's the name of the black-brown decoration sauce used in French cooking?

When my boyfriend and I visited France a few months ago, I noticed that a lot of savory dishes were drizzled with some black-brown colored sauce on top (see picture I took, which is a plain risotto). ...
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Non-alcoholic substitution for dry white wine in bolognese sauce and other tomato sauces?

What is the purpose of dry white wine in a recipe like bolognese sauce? I need to substitute something non-alcoholic for the wine and while I've found many great lists of possible substitutions, the ...
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Milk temperature for white sauce

Should I introduce the milk hot or cold when making white (béchamel) sauce? Searching around I found multiple opposite opnions, like on this answer (see the comments). Also different advice from ...
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Béchamel and pomodoro

Is there any traditional recipe that uses béchamel (white sauce) and pomodoro (tomato sauce) mixed, making a new (orange-ish) sauce? Is there a name for this sauce? I often do this mixture but I've ...