sauce

In cooking, a sauce is a liquid, cream, or semi-solid food, served on or used in preparing other foods. Most sauces are not normally consumed by themselves; they add flavor, moisture, and visual appeal to a dish. Sauce is a French word taken from the Latin salsa, meaning salted. Possibly the oldest recorded European sauce is garum, the fish sauce used by the Ancient Greeks; while doubanjiang, the Chinese soy bean paste is mentioned in Rites of Zhou in the 3rd century BC.
Sauces need a liquid component. Sauces are an essential element in cuisines all over the world.
Sauces may be used for sweet or savory dishes. They may be prepared and served cold, like mayonnaise, prepared cold but served lukewarm like pesto, cooked and served warm like bechamel or cooked and served cold like apple sauce. They may be freshly prepared by the cook, especially in restaurants, but today many sauces are sold premade and packaged like Worcestershire sauce, HP Sauce, soy sauce or ketchup. Sauces for salad are called salad dressing. Sauces made by deglazing a pan are called pan sauces.
A chef who specializes in making sauces is called a saucier.

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    What kind of canned tomatoes do you trust for sauce?

    In the recent spaghetti sauce thread, the topic of canned tomatoes came up, and I think that's worthy of its own discussion. I think everyone would agree that if you're able to use in-season tomatoes, you should. But tomatoes are only in season for a few months of the year, if you can get them...
  2. flyinglentris

    Recipe Naranja Agria

    Naranja Agria: Ingredients: 1) Orange juice - 1-1/4 cup 2) Grapefruit juice - 1/2 cup 3) Orange oil - 2 to 3 drops 4) Corn Starch - 1 tblspn. 5) Olive oil - 1 tblspn. 6) Garlic, crushed - 1 tspn. 7) Honey - 1/2 tspn. Procedure: 1) Mix all ingredients in a cooking pot. 2) Heat at 175F...
  3. Naranja Agria

    Naranja Agria

    Naranja Agria
  4. flyinglentris

    Making a Great Spaghetti Sauce

    We would all like to believe that our spaghetti sauce is excellent and fantastic tasting. But what is excellent and fantastic tasting? What are the qualities of a truly great spaghetti sauce, in the first place? And how does one achieve those qualities? If you don't know the flavor of a...
  5. Lemon Curd

    Lemon Curd

    Lemon Curd
  6. Lee & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce

    Lee & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce

    Lee & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce
  7. Lee & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce

    Lee & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce

    Lee & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce
  8. pocofan

    How to thicken a sauce with cream?

    I made crawfish Monica several times. The flavor is delicious. I sauté green onions and minced garlic. Add the crawfish. Add heavy cream. Bring the heat up. Sauce will bubble but does not thicken. Anybody got a solution ? Thanks
  9. Packaged Corn Starch

    Packaged Corn Starch

    Packaged Corn Starch
  10. Canned Whole Cranberry Sauce

    Canned Whole Cranberry Sauce

    Canned Whole Cranberry Sauce
  11. Canned Jellied Cranberry Sauce

    Canned Jellied Cranberry Sauce

    Canned Jellied Cranberry Sauce
  12. Canned Jellied Whole Cranberry Sauce

    Canned Jellied Whole Cranberry Sauce

    Canned Jellied Whole Cranberry Sauce
  13. Heinz 57 Sauce

    Heinz 57 Sauce

    Heinz 57 Sauce
  14. A1 Sauce

    A1 Sauce

    A1 Sauce
  15. Mexican Michoacán Style Chile Oil Macha Salsa

    Mexican Michoacán Style Chile Oil Macha Salsa

    Mexican Michoacán Style Chile Oil Macha Salsa
  16. Naranja Agria Sauce

    Naranja Agria Sauce

    Naranja Agria Sauce
  17. flyinglentris

    Condiment Sauces

    Condiment sauces, for me, are those sauces that can be applied directly to food items. They are often available in bottles at the table. Some condiment sauces can be used as marinades or as dressing or ingredients to mix with other things. The more common condiment sauces are probably...
  18. Tonkatsu Sauce

    Tonkatsu Sauce

    Tonkatsu Sauce
  19. Soy Sauce

    Soy Sauce

    Soy Sauce
  20. flyinglentris

    Recipe Blackberry Sauce Baked Duck Breast

    Blackberry Sauce Baked Duck Breast: Ingredients: 1) Duck breast, boneless - 1 2) Radicchio - 1/2 cup 3) Snow peas - 8 to 10 4) Celery - 1/4 Stick 5) Serrano pepper - 1 to 2 6) Pearl onions - 6 to 8 7) Garlic - 6 to 8 cloves 8) Broccoli tips - 1/4 cup 9) Black Truffles - 1/4 cup 10)...
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