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Am I the only one who CANT make a white sauce???

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Goldmonday Thu 25-Jan-18 18:59:33

Anything that required flour butter and milk I fuck up without failure every single time. Can someone please provide me with a good recipe and fool proof method to put an end to my kitchen disasters.

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UnicornMadeOfPinkGlitter Thu 25-Jan-18 19:00:44

Just keep stirring with a whisk. Don’t stop until you have a smooth sauce and added all of the milk.

taskmaster Thu 25-Jan-18 19:01:55

It's simple. If I can make it, anyone can. You need to not think about it, I don't even measure. Just put a big chunk of butter in a pan and melt it, and add the same amount of flour, keep stirring so it doesn't stick. Cook it out a bit, add some milk and keep stirring until you get the consistency you like.
People make it sound much harder than it actually is!

DubaiismyBlackpool Thu 25-Jan-18 19:02:50

Bisto sauces never fail.

And IME almost everyone can't tell the difference.

Fettuccinecarbonara Thu 25-Jan-18 19:03:05

You have to make sure there is enough butter. If there’s not enough butter to make the flour into a ‘ball’ then the sauce will be all lumpy and awful.

Bitchywaitress Thu 25-Jan-18 19:04:07

Melt the butter, add the flour before it starts to colour, keep stirring like buggery until the flour cooks off. Add the milk in tiny splashs to start with and keep stirring. The milk can be added quicker as you go. A bit of grated nutmeg at the end is nice. Don't add salt if you are adding cheese. You can taste it afterwards.

snozzlemaid Thu 25-Jan-18 19:06:07

Do it in the microwave.
Put 2oz butter, 2oz flour and 1 pint of milk in a bowl.
Microwave for a minute at a time and whisk after each minute.
Takes about 5 or 6 minutes in total.
So easy and works every time.

snozzlemaid Thu 25-Jan-18 19:06:52

Once you've tried it in the microwave you'll never faff around on the hob again.

Neolara Thu 25-Jan-18 19:07:04

You need a whisk.

MaureenMLove Thu 25-Jan-18 19:07:15

I always chuck it all in the pan and just keep whisking. I've been making it like that for probably 30 years and have never had a lumpy one. The one and only Delia taught me there was no need to melt the butter and flour first before putting the milk in. shock. If it's too thick, I just add more milk.

My tip is make sure you're using a small whisk. At the moment I have one of those ones that you're supposed to use to do frothy coffee I think.

SwedishEdith Thu 25-Jan-18 19:07:23

Delia's all in one recipe is foolproof.

MaureenMLove Thu 25-Jan-18 19:09:15

LOL @Swedish! And there it is! gringrin

sparkler10 Thu 25-Jan-18 19:10:20

Sauce flour helps!

PotatoesOfTheCarribean Thu 25-Jan-18 19:12:41

2oz butter inna pan. Heat until melted. 2oz plain flour. Stir until you have a big yellow blob. Add salt and pepper and stir for a minute or two.

Measure out a pint of milk in a jug, and add a tiny bit, stirring until its absorbed, then add a tiny bit more, stir again. Repeat until its runny enough to stir with a whisk, and slowly keep adding the rest of the milk.

Takes 5 mins.

FiveNightsAtMummys Thu 25-Jan-18 19:16:30

Use a whisk. I tried (and failed) many times until I used a Whisk! Perfect every time now.

Rolypoly Thu 25-Jan-18 19:18:26

Take the pan off the heat before mixing the flour with the melted butter then return to the hob. I have found using a mini whisk v. useful as well

Goldmonday Thu 25-Jan-18 19:19:19

Thank you guys for all the tips!!!! Never heard of the microwave one will defo try that!!!!

Always end up with a butter/floury sticky ball so must not be adding enough butter. Made three attempts tonight until I gave in and bought a packet mix. Just sat down after an hour in the kitchen and blocking the sink up with floury mess.

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fizzicles Thu 25-Jan-18 19:39:49

A whisk like this is excellent for white sauce…

SwedishEdith Thu 25-Jan-18 20:14:29

grin @ Maureen

Cupoteap Thu 25-Jan-18 20:20:34

Try delia's all in one recipe it's great

BreakfastAtSquiffanys Thu 25-Jan-18 20:22:51

Pretty much any lumpy sauce can be saved if you whisk it for long enough

taskmaster Thu 25-Jan-18 20:24:40

you can always throw in more butter at any point. As long as you whisk hard you can sort it out.

Quartz2208 Thu 25-Jan-18 20:27:58

plenty of butter - make sure it is hot and bubbly, add the flour and cook that out, add milk gradually and always stir. Once its is runny whisk it. Make sure once you have added the milk that you whisk it until its cooks out and thickens. Never leave it though.

I get my daughter to make it now as she just does all the stirring and doesnt leave it

thehairyhog Thu 25-Jan-18 20:28:22

Ha no you’re not! Mine’s always crap and lumpy. It’s meant to be so simple but I find it a right faff. Might try the microwave version too.

Cismyfatarse Thu 25-Jan-18 20:36:19

Heat the milk in a separate pan and add it hot to the roux. Saves loads of time and makes delicious sauce.

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