The Simplest is Often the Best
Sometimes, keeping something simple is the best way to go and that is definitely true when you make a this sauce. Stick to the rules, follow the simple technique tips and most of all, add good cheeses. That’s the way to make the very best basic cheese sauce. All the technique and tips you need to now can be found here. It’s not hard, but there are a few helpful hints that can help you avoid any unexpected potholes. Once you realize how easy it is, and how tasty it can be when you make it yourself, you’ll probably never buy a cheese sauce again!
It’s all in the Cheeses you use
The classic name for a cheese sauce is Sauce Mornay in French and it is a derivative of one of the mother sauces of French cuisine – the Béchamel, or a white sauce. The only ingredients in a white sauce are butter, flour, milk and seasonings. By adding cheese to that white sauce, you now have a sauce mornay. What cheeses you add are up to you, but it’s best to go with those that melt well, are full of flavor and have a little kick to them. I like to use Parmesan because it is salty, Gruyère because it melts so well and Cheddar because I just love the flavor.
Thick or Thin?
Since you’re making homemade cheese sauce, you can customize it to suit whatever it is you are making. If I’m making a sauce for pasta, I like to keep it relatively thin because the pasta will continue to absorb liquid from the sauce. If I’m making a cheese sauce to go over vegetables, I’ll make it thicker so that it coats the vegetables better. You can determine how thick or thin the sauce will be by controlling how much milk and cheese you add. More milk will give you a thinner sauce. More cheese will give you a thicker sauce. It really is that simple.
How to Store Cheese Sauce
If you don’t use your cheese sauce right away, you can keep it in the refrigerator for up to a week without any problem. When you re-heat it on the stovetop, stir it regularly so that it doesn’t break as you re-heat. As soon as it is warm enough, remove it from the heat. Over-heating the sauce once the cheese has been added will result in a gluey mess.
Can you Freeze Cheese Sauce?
Yes, you can!. It can keep in the freezer for a couple of months. When you re-heat it, there is the possibility that it could separate on you, but whisk it vigorously and don’t over-heat it and it should come back into shape.