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How to thicken sauce

Postby pmibach » Sun Oct 03, 2010 2:20 pm

i made some chili for my first time and thought i followed the recipe but the sauce is really runny. i am not sure if that is how it is suppose to be but i like it a bit thicker what would you recommend using to thicken it up some?

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Re: How to thicken sauce

Postby Davidtxs » Sun Oct 03, 2010 2:34 pm

do you have any masa flour ? not sure if some reg flour would thicken it up or maybe some cornstarch
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Re: How to thicken sauce

Postby JaCK2U2 » Sun Oct 03, 2010 3:51 pm

Cook it down slowly ------ I don't like using masa or other thickeners. Watch your liquid as you cook. Only add what you think is needed, and add as necessary. It' easier to add than it is to reduce!
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Re: How to thicken sauce

Postby ChileFarmer » Sun Oct 03, 2010 8:53 pm

I sometime use masa, but like Jack said cook it down if you have the time. I really don't think you can over cook chili. As long as it doesn't burn. CF :D
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Re: How to thicken sauce

Postby txngent » Sun Oct 03, 2010 11:20 pm

If you don't have any Masa, and don't have the time to cook it down. I tried one of Alton Brown's chili recipe (with some adjustments... I just can't do lamb!). He used a cup of crushed tortilla chips. The basis, they are Masa (corn meal) based. Crush them up and us as needed to desired thickness. Just don't put them all in at once. Maybe 1/2C. then stir in and wait 15 minutes to see how it thickens.
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Re: How to thicken sauce

Postby BluDawg » Sun Oct 03, 2010 11:30 pm

Chop up a small corn tortilla and toss it in. After about 30 min at a simmer the chili will thicken it up a the tortilla breaks down. I do that when I run out of Masa Harina. Or crush a small hand full of tortilla chips into crumbs. They work also .
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Re: How to thicken sauce

Postby dheidemann » Mon Oct 04, 2010 8:34 am

i would just simmer it.... slowly to thicken it.
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Re: How to thicken sauce

Postby tex_toby » Tue Oct 05, 2010 9:56 am

If you do use masa, a little goes a LONG ways. Start off with a pinch and give it a minute. You can always add more, but you can't take it out. :thap:
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Re: How to thicken sauce

Postby Papa Tom » Tue Oct 05, 2010 1:32 pm

I just went and looked at three different cans of chili and here's what they use:
Campbells Roadhouse: Modified vegetable starch.
Wolfs: oatmeal and TVP
Staggs: TVP, Soy protein concentrate, masa harina.

TVP Textured or texturized vegetable protein (TVP), also known as textured soy protein (TSP), soy meat, or soya meat is a meat analogue or nutritious meat extender made from defatted soy flour, a by-product of extracting soybean oil.[1] It is quick to cook, with a protein content equal to that of the meat, and contains no fat.

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Re: How to thicken sauce

Postby pmibach » Wed Oct 06, 2010 1:08 pm

thanks for the help i used corn starch and it did the job, next time i will add liquid a bit slower
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Re: How to thicken sauce

Postby Gator » Wed Oct 06, 2010 1:17 pm

Also, the longer you cook the chili, the thicker (and better tasting) it will be. I cook mine all day long when possible.
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Re: How to thicken sauce

Postby Hj » Sun Oct 24, 2010 4:26 am

All great ideas


Depending on what U want - as far as taste, calories n just rich flavor makes a difference in the end results to a recipe.


Letting it cook down slowly n watch'n it does not burn is great or add some Tomato PASTE when adding the tomatoes in the pot n still let it cook slowly n cook down to rick full flavor n consistency.

Tomato "sauce" will thicken also- but not as much as thick as tomato "paste" does - I use Hunts
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