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Canning Bechamel sauces?

 
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Jim Cooley



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 09, 2008 7:28 pm    Post subject: Canning Bechamel sauces? Reply with quote

Recently got back into canning with my pressure cooker. (Hint -- buy the jars at estate/garage sales!)

Would like to put up some Alfredo or other Bechamel based sauces, but don't know if they can withstand the heat without 'breaking'.

Thought I'd ask here before experimenting. Anyone have any experience or tips for doing so?
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Dilbert



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 09, 2008 8:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hmmm, don't have the answer but the question of breaking at pressure cooker temps is indeed of consideration.

my question is: why put'em up? comma, at all?

the basic white sauce roux is a 5-10 minute deal.
seems to me in the time it takes to carefully/ slowly re-heat a canned version sans "rats! it burnt," you could melt the butter, add the flour, cook it off.

I do routinely take a time out and run a whole batch of roux to dark brown; cool, roll up, freeze. it's a 'whack a chunk' issue when needed.

I do the browned roux because it does take a lot more time and attention, but certainly a light roux would work equally as well.
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Jim Cooley



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 09, 2008 10:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Because I want to?

I do the frozen roux trick, too. Use an ice cube tray and get exact quantities. I've also found that cake flour produces a much smoother roux.
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Dilbert



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PostPosted: Fri Oct 10, 2008 12:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jim -

sure not a lot to lose by trying!

since there would be no agitation inside the jar as it comes up to temperature, if it's going to break/separate I imagine you'll see it right away.

the slow even heat might 'enable' it to not break - stuff like condensed cream soups work - they have "stabilizers" and "other" stuff that may play a role.

keep us posted on how it goes!
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Jim Cooley



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PostPosted: Fri Oct 10, 2008 8:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dilbert wrote:
since there would be no agitation inside the jar as it comes up to temperature, if it's going to break/separate I imagine you'll see it right away.


Eeeeuuw, what an ugly sight that would be! Sad

Next time I do an Alfredo I'll give it a try and let you know.

I wonder what kind of stabilizers the big manufacturers use? I've never bought a canned Alfredo, but I guess I could look at the label.
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JulieB



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PostPosted: Sun Oct 30, 2011 3:34 pm    Post subject: Re: Canning Bechamel sauces? Reply with quote

Once your sauce is cooled, select containers that hold amt you require for a recipe. Freeze, covered. Then. . .jello mold concept. . .pop in freezer bag. Do date. Works for any kind of sauce, I believe. Grate zucchini, press out liquid, and measure for breads that winter. Repeat. Great treat for holiday baking Big smile
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