Reader Question: Roux vs Slurry – What is the difference?

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Roux vs Slurry – What is the Difference?

Roux Photo by theculinarycook.com

We Received a terrific question from a curious Reader:

Can someone please explain to me the difference between a roux and a slurry? Is there even a difference?

Thanks! 🙂

Answer from Chef Bruce: 

Hi [Reader]. This is a very good question!
A roux is equal parts butter & flour (equal by weight). You would use a roux to thicken sauces and soups. The rule I use with using a roux is that a roux starts a soup or sauce. For example, if you were making a chowder, you would saute the vegetables in butter and then add the flour; and work the flour until it is a bit cooked. Then you add your water, milk or stock. A roux should be cooked before adding the liquid.

A Step-by-Step How To Photo Pictorial Learn How To Cook - How To Photo Pictorial Steps Making A Roux

Roux Photo Credit learnhowtocook.com

A slurry is equal parts water and flour and should be added when the soup or sauce is almost done. You can mix in a dish, or shake in a container. (see photo) You must cook the soup for a bit once added, as the flour in the slurry still needs to cook.

Slurry Photo by Rrita-may-recipes.blogspot.com/

Really, both work well. You should try both and see which works for you. If you have any other questions, please ask! 🙂

~ Chef Bruce West

Cheers, and Happy Eating!

* To learn more about making a Roux, including it’s various stages and uses,

Click HERE: Learn How to Cook – How to Make a Roux ( http://learnhowtocook.com )

*To Learn more about Various ways to Thicken Foods,

Click HERE: About Thickening Agents ( http://theculinarycook.com )

A Step-by-Step How To Photo Pictorial Learn How To Cook - How To Photo Pictorial Steps Making A Roux

Photo Credit learnhowtocook.com

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