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Old 10-16-2005, 04:39 PM   #1
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Question Pot Pie Filling turning sour!

HELP! My chicken pot pie filling has always come out great when I made it in my Calphalon pot. When I used a different pot, The mix came out very sour. I got what I thought was a stainless steel pot, however, the mix was still our the next day. After asking around, I understand that there may still be aluminum in the core of the bottom of the pot. If I do invest in an "all stainless steel" pot, will this still happen? I make the filling in bulk-20 quarts, then I refridgerate it in the pot overnight. The next day, I make the crusts, fill them, and freeze them. In my recipe, I use a few cups of either nonfat dry milk powder, or whole milk, along with the chicken broth. Is there anyone who knows anything about this? I am new to this website in the hopes of someone more knowledgable than me having some answers.

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Old 10-16-2005, 06:17 PM   #2
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Your milk wasn't sour was it? I can't imagine that aluminum would have made it taste sour. Did you scrub the new pot thoroughly before using it?
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Old 10-16-2005, 06:24 PM   #3
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Your milk wasn't sour was it? I can't imagine that aluminum would have made it taste sour. Did you scrub the new pot thoroughly before using it?
Good thought Constance! Funky ingredients will give you funky results regarless of the pot its cooked in.

Aluminum in the "core" on the bottom of a stainless steel pot will not be a problem. The aluminum is totally isolated from the food - it's a stainless steel pot with an aluminum disk stuck on the bottom for more even distribution of the heat. The aluminum does not come in contact with the food.

It sounds like you may have used a regular standard professional-kitchen aluminum pot. I can't think of anything acetic enough in a chicken pot pie filling that would have caused it to go "sour" during the cooking ... brand doesn't matter ... but storing it overnight in aluminum could definately have caused it to pick up a "funky" flavor.

I would suggest checking with a restaurant supply house in your area and get plastic food grade storage containers for your overnight storage. My personal preference is clear Polycarbonate plastic made by Cambro (that's what I use because it doesn't stain), although Polyethylene should work just fine - and is a bit cheaper (about 1/2 the price).
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Old 10-16-2005, 08:19 PM   #4
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Welcome vblake! Glad to have you on the site!
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Old 10-16-2005, 08:26 PM   #5
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I also suspect that it's probably an ingredient and not the pot.
And also, you don't want "all" stainless cookware. An aluminum core (or a copper core) is a much better choice. Great heat conductors. Like Michael said, problems arise when aluminum (reactive) touches food -- as in an all aluminum pot or pan.
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Old 10-16-2005, 09:08 PM   #6
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Thanks for your advice. The milk was definately not sour and this happened several times with the stainless steel pot. The sauce was creamy and delicious when I made it in the ss pot. After refridgerating it overnight, filling the crusts, and baking them, something happened to turn the filling bad. When they come out of the oven, the filling isn't even creamy anymore. It seems somewhat separated and smells and tastes sour. The ingredients and method are exactly the same as when I used my smaller anodized pot. I need to make it in bulk now, so using a hard anodized pot isn't an option anymore. I bought this ss pot in a restaurant supply house. It is very heavy duty and is not a standard aluminum pot. It is a 24 quart ss pot.
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Old 10-16-2005, 09:17 PM   #7
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SS is non reactive and I am pretty sure would not cause the filling to go sour.

This has happened more than once??
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Old 10-16-2005, 09:22 PM   #8
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Yes. I have made the same recipe for years and never had a problem until I changed pots. I have tried at least 4 times in the new pot and all of them went bad. I can't seem to pinpoint where I'm going wrong .
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Old 10-16-2005, 09:29 PM   #9
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HMMMMMMMMM... that's weird! Are you sure that the interior is stainless??
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Old 10-16-2005, 09:34 PM   #10
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The pot I bought is ss. You can't imagine how crazy this has been making me.
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