To think that whoever posted the microwave cheese sauce method deserves some sort of medal?

(34 Posts)
AngryFeet Tue 26-Feb-13 17:10:26

Thank you! You have made my life a million times easier as my kids love cheese sauce on pasta and I ended up buying it as mine was lumpy all the time with the usual roux method. It is so simple yet so brilliant. I use this one now www.food.com/recipe/microwave-cheese-sauce-90073 but I'm sure someone has one that doesnt use US measurements.

Pure genius.

PessaryPam Tue 26-Feb-13 17:17:20

Needs a bayleaf.

yaimee Tue 26-Feb-13 17:17:23

I've just this second put a fish pie in the oven which was a pita to make, so will definitely be trying this next time!

yaimee Tue 26-Feb-13 17:18:08

I'd say add some nutmeg though!

Blessyou Tue 26-Feb-13 17:18:37

Agreed. We've been doing it that way a couple of weeks too. Genius.

TitHead Tue 26-Feb-13 18:11:23

It is great so much easier and less faffier.

absolutely agree.
I cant believe that I am nearly 50 and cook virtually everything from scratch and DID NOT KNOW THIS!
flowers

Bogeyface Tue 26-Feb-13 18:25:04

I've been doing it this way for years, waaaay pre-internet! Mainly because I didnt have the patience to do it the proper way so just chucked it in the microwave and beat the hell out of it every 2 minutes!

Bogeyface Tue 26-Feb-13 18:26:27

I do mine differently to the recipe. I make a paste with flour and milk, add the rest of the milk and heat it for as long as it takes to thicken, beating every 2 minutes then stir in the cheese when it is cooked. Job done!

Itsjustapuppet Tue 26-Feb-13 18:27:50

I would like to come out of long term lurking to celebrate the wonder of microwave cheese sauce.

Bye bye lumps!

Dawndonna Tue 26-Feb-13 18:29:45

I've just made a salmon and broccoli bake using this recipe. I love it! It's so easy!

BegoniaBampot Tue 26-Feb-13 18:42:05

why is it easier? looks like takes the same time and you still have to keep stirring, what am i missing?

I Tried it, nobody in our house liked it. We all thought it tasted really floury and it was as much of a faff as making it the normal way in a pan.

thesnootyfox Tue 26-Feb-13 19:12:45

Why has this only just discovered?

My heart sinks when ds1 asks for macaroni cheese. The kitchen looks like a bomb site I end up hot and bothered and nobody eats it anyway

Will try this tomorrow!

TrinityRhino Tue 26-Feb-13 19:17:34

I dont understand how it is easier?

a roux is so easy and quick

puttng the microwave on repeatedly and getting it in and out to stir just seems crappy and time consuming

FabulousFreaks Tue 26-Feb-13 19:25:15

I missed that, link please please

I've been doing white sauce in the microwave since I was 15 (am nearly 3 decades beyond that now). It's less faff because a glass jug is far easier to clean than a sticky pan and it's virtually idiot-proof.

If it tasted floury, it's likely it wasn't cooked properly.

thegreylady Tue 26-Feb-13 19:29:14

How can something have 110% of RDA of saturated fat and still be ok?
I use cornflour to make a 'custard' by mixing a table spoon of cornflour with a little milk and bleding till smooth.Then I pour on half a pint of hot milk stirring all the time.Keep stirring till it begins to thicken then add grated cheese and seasoning to taste.

Saski Tue 26-Feb-13 19:29:25

I do think a stovetop cheese sauce is pretty easy. But I will try this.

blibblibs Tue 26-Feb-13 19:29:38

'Tis fab, but remember to use a large jug or you have to clean the microwave too smile

Fillyjonk75 Tue 26-Feb-13 19:32:33

It looks more faffy than making a bechamel in a pan -stopping the microwave every 30 seconds? I'd just advise everyone to learn to make a white sauce using the roux method, it's very, very easy when you know how and you can make so many sauces from it.

Beveridge Tue 26-Feb-13 19:33:54

Totes amazeballs. This has revolutionised my life!

Fillyjonk75 Tue 26-Feb-13 19:35:02

Reminds me of my dad's method for making scrambled eggs in the microwave - I can make them in a small frying pan in half the time. grin

Happygirl77 Tue 26-Feb-13 19:35:12

RemusLupins, were microwaves used nearly 3 decades ago?

MamaMary Tue 26-Feb-13 19:36:30

It seems a lot of faff and much more time consuming - all that opening the microwave and stirring.

I just make white sauce in a saucepan. It's dead easy.

<shrugs>

The other thing I don't get on MN is the frozen onions that everyone raves about. What's so hard about chopping an onion? confused

Fillyjonk75 Tue 26-Feb-13 19:36:41

Yes they were Happy. Completely agree Trinity.

We certainly had microwaves in school; can't remember when we got one at home but certainly in the 80s.

Fillyjonk75 Tue 26-Feb-13 19:38:10

Now, I am crap at finely chopping onions, but my Kenwood mini chopper does it in 2 seconds.

Hissy Tue 26-Feb-13 19:40:22

I'm glad it's not just me that sees that as just as much of a faff. Conventional way is foolproof tbh. Just don't give up whisking...

AndMiffyWentToSleep Tue 26-Feb-13 20:16:25

I love it too!
Definitely quicker and easier than stirring a pan constantly, waiting for it to thicken.
Thanks, whichever MNer it was who enlightened me!

Bakingnovice Tue 26-Feb-13 20:26:05

I am rubbish at any kind of white sauce. I just cannot make one. Help. Me. Please. I'll try this but know the kids will turn their nose up at it and who can blame them?! Mine tastes gross. And even though I say it myself, I am actually renowned for my cooking skills.

thereistheball Fri 22-Mar-13 02:44:42

The secret to an easy, lump-free white sauce is to use hot milk. I use the microwave for that, to save washing up two pans.

tinyshinyanddon Fri 22-Mar-13 02:56:00

At the risk of sounding boring I make Delia smiths all-in-one white sauce on the stove. Super easy and always turns out good. Can't do links but may be you can google it.

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