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How to thicken sauce (classic method)

  • The Basics

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups brown stock
  • 1 oz all-purpose flour, or starch
  • ½ cup water

Preparation:

Step 1

Reduce the sauce that you plan to thicken.

Binding sauces (classic method) - step 1

Step 2

In a separate bowl, stir water into the flour, a little at a time, until you have a smooth mixture.

Binding sauces (classic method) - step 2

Step 3

Pour the mixture into the sauce.

Binding sauces (classic method) - step 3

Step 4

Boil the sauce for a couple of minutes until it thickens. Then, strain the sauce.

Binding sauces (classic method) - step 4

Step 5

Check that the consistency of the sauce is uniform and velvety. This sauce may be kept in the fridge for 2 to 3 days.

Binding sauces (classic method) - step 5

Chef's tip

Starch, as compared to flour, is flavorful and makes for shinier sauces.