This is an adopted recipe and I will submit any revisions should they be needed once I make this. Make a large batch of roux and keep it refrigerated or frozen. Refrigerated or frozen roux will keep well for up to two months and can be added in its cooled form directly to your soups or sauces for a little quick, thick pick-me-up! It is advisable to add cold roux to a hot sauce or soup.
- To make a basic roux start by measuring, by weight, the amounts of fat and flour desired.
- It's a one to one ratio (e. g. 4 ounces of fat and 4 ounces of flour equal 8 ounces of roux).
- Butter is the most commonly used form of fat.
- Melt the butter over medium heat, careful not to start browning it, then slowly add the flour to the butter, whisking constantly.
- Within 2 to 3 minutes the roux will have a consistency of a cake frosting.
- Both fat and flour have various levels of moisture content and the possible choices of fat and flour that can be used are many.
- For example, butter contains a small amount of water.
- However, bacon fat, which has been perfectly rendered, contains no water.
- Within these variables there are varying levels of consistencies.
- If your roux is too thin, add a small amount of flour.
- If it is too thick, add a small amount of fat to thin it out.
- When cooking with a roux, be sure to add only cool liquids or ingredients to a hot roux, or vice versa.
- As you incorporate the liquid into your roux, be sure to whisk frequently and add the ingredients slowly.
- Then heat the entire mixture until it comes to a simmer.
- This process will keep the roux from creating lumps.
- Once all of the liquid has been added to the roux, cook the sauce or soup for at least 20 minutes, otherwise your finished product may have a granular or gummy texture.