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Old 11-13-2003, 03:56 PM   #1
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Heavy Whipping Cream

Help!! I'm having problems getting Heavy Whipping cream to thinken when making hot sauces.

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Old 11-13-2003, 08:44 PM   #2
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Hi PRguy - first, what kind of hot sauces are you making? And could you post the recipe? Thanks - that will help tremendously.
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Old 11-14-2003, 05:07 AM   #3
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questions about your sauce:

1. are you reducing the sauce at all, or are you just dumping the cream in and expecting it to thicken?

2. how much cream vs. sauce are you using?

3. if you are reducing the sauce, do you have it at a rapid boil?

4. what kind of sauces are you trying to make?

5. does any of the sauces you are using have any type of acid?[/list]
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Old 01-12-2004, 03:49 AM   #4
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Cream thickening depends upon the right temperature being reached...(has to do with starches doing their thing...)

Bring the heat up gradually, but don't scorch it...gentle is good here...a little heat goes a long way! (this is why you have to really heat up starch slurries and rouxs before they'll thicken..once again, the starches in action.)

Ok...quick science lesson...

Starches will absorb only so much liquid until they reach a certain temperature, which once reached, will cause the starches to absorb quite a bit of liquid, and will also cause some starches to explode (really small..you'll never notice, promise!) and release even more starch into the liquid, thereby absorbing more liquid...on and on..etc...

Well cream acts the same way here...so just let your sauce heat up a bit and you'll notice it thickening...just don't overdo it, or you'll break the sauce and might curdle the cream...yikes! (if you use a cream with a high butterfat content, there is less likelyhood of curdling...ie- heavy whipping cream is usually around 36%, which should work just fine.)

Happy saucing :)
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Old 01-12-2004, 06:33 AM   #5
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In addition to spearmints perfectly accurate comments.
It isn't necessary to boil cream at all to get thickening. Allow a little more time and bring to a gentle simmer. It will take about 5-7 minutes loonger but no scoorching danger and just as much thickening.
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