MetroKitchen Cooking Terms Glossary #6 – Tempering to White Stock

Finally, here is our final installment of the MetroKitchen Cooking Terms Glossary series!

Tempering – 1) heating gently and gradually  2) Refers to the process of slowly adding a hot liquid to eggs or other foods to raise their temperature without causing them to curdle 3) Refers to a process for melting chocolate

Thickening Agent – ingredients used to thicken sauces, includes starches (flour, cornstarch, and arrowroot), gelatin and liaison.

Tomato Sauce – a leading sauce, mother sauce, made from tomatoes, vegetables, seasonings, and white stock; it may or may not be thickened with roux.

Velouté  – a leading sauce, mother sauce, made by thickening a white stock (either fish, veal or chicken) with roux.

Wash – a glaze applied to dough before baking; a commonly used wash is made with whole eggs and water.

Whipping – a mixing method in which foods are vigorously beaten in order to incorporate air; a whisk or an electric mixer with its whip attachment is used.

White Stock – a light colored stock made from chicken, veal, beef, or fish bones simmered in water with vegetables and seasonings.

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