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Basic White Sauce

Want a simple, basic white sauce? This sauce can be used for a variety of recipes, and can be used in place ‘cream of’ soups, as well. I had a hard time getting decent photos of the process, because making a white sauce is a fast and furious process, requiring all of one’s attention and both of your hands! I did the best I could – you will have to imagine the rest… 😉

Melt the butter in a saucepan. Add the flour and salt.white sauce1


Mix well with a whisk. You have to stir fast and constantly from this point on.

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You add the milk a tiny bit at a time – stirring furiously after every addition. It will form a ball on your whisk, most times, but just keep adding milk and stirring.

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As you keep adding milk ( a few Tablespoons at a time) it will eventually start to smooth out and look creamy. This is why you stir so hard – to keep it smooth. If you add the milk too fast and/or don’t stir hard enough, it will get lumpy.

If it does form lumps, don’t stress! Just strain it through a sieve.

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As the sauce begins to thin out, you can add the milk faster. When the milk is all added, just stir gently till it thickens.Basic white sauce recipe. Homemade alternative to cream of mushroom soup.I am including a thin sauce, and a thick sauce. I use the thick one for most cream soup recipes, and I use the thin one for my Poor Man’s Steak.

Use the proportions in parentheses for a thick sauce.

Basic White Sauce
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  • 3 TBSP butter (4 TBSP for thick)
  • 2 TBSP flour (4 TBSP )
  • 1 tsp salt (1 teaspoon)
  • 2 cups milk (2 cups)
  1. Melt butter in heavy saucepan.
  2. Add flour and salt, stir till well blended.
  3. Slowly add milk, stirring constantly with a whisk, till smooth paste is formed.