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Lesson Overview

Roux is one of the essential building blocks in cooking and is made by cooking fat and flour together.

Roux is used to thicken liquids to make wonderful soups, stews and sauces. It is also used to thicken stock when making velouté and milk or cream when making béchamel.

Many home cooks have…

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Lesson Objectives

At the end of this lesson you'll be able to:
  • understand what roux is and why its important in cooking
  • identify the key ingredients in roux
  • differentiate between white, blond and brown roux
  • explain the key techniques in making each type of roux
  • make roux and experiment with its thickening properties

Course Syllabus

START: Watch Lesson Platform Tour
1. Introduction: How to Make Roux 2 mins
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2. Complete Your Self Assessment 2 mins
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3. What is Roux? 3 mins
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4. How to Make White Roux 20 mins
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5. How to Make Blond Roux 1 min
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6. How to Make Brown Roux 20 mins
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7. Practice Activities & Recipes 60 mins
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8. Lesson Quiz 15 mins
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Finish Line 2 hrs 3 mins Total Time

Practice Recipes

A few of the practice recipes you'll learn in this lesson.

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Default profile "This site is great, very comprehensive, clean crisp interface. I like getting the knowledge in a very concise general format and being able to then apply it to the ingredients i want to work with rather then getting a recipe and having to follow it to the letter in order to gain an understanding of the process, techniques, and methods." ★★★★★
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Default profile "Very helpful. My sauce for mac and cheese always separated and now I know why! Add the cheese in batches slowly at the end and ensure each bit melts before adding more. The burner is off during this last step." ★★★★★
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Default profile "I loved this lesson, making roux based sauces opens up so much and there are very easy to remember rules for what each roux does, and how to acheive the different types of roux. Thanks Rouxbe!" ★★★★★
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