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Old 07-18-2013, 07:29 AM   #1
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Bechamel-based cheese sauce - cheese becomes particulate

I made bechamel and then added a grated cheese. In the past this went well except one time a few years ago and yesterday when I had the problem I will describe now. The cheese appears to melt into the sauce but the final result is a particulate material of the original colour of the cheese. The particulate matter does not melt/dissolve. The cheese yesterday was a mature cheddar bought at Costco. Does anyone know why this happened?

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Old 07-18-2013, 07:58 AM   #2
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What was your ratio of cheese to sauce and did you need to thin the sauce? Is it possible the quality of the cheese wasn't good?
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Old 07-18-2013, 08:28 AM   #3
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Perhaps the temperature was too high?
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Old 07-18-2013, 08:33 AM   #4
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If the Béchamel is too hot, the proteins in the cheese clump together and form unmeltable lumps. When the sauce is ready, take the pan off the heat and gradually stir in the cheese.
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Old 07-18-2013, 08:45 AM   #5
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If the Béchamel is too hot, the proteins in the cheese clump together and form unmeltable lumps. When the sauce is ready, take the pan off the heat and gradually stir in the cheese.
Again, Andy, I believe you nailed it. You are this - , when the heat is on.

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Old 07-18-2013, 11:53 AM   #6
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Your sauce was too hot when you added the cheese.
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Old 07-18-2013, 12:36 PM   #7
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you may want to try making your Bechamel in a bain-marie - a water bath. the heat is indirect and the sauce can be cooked at lower temps.
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