Wednesday, May 26, 2010

White Sauce Mix

There has been a lot of hype lately about Universal mixes. A powdered white sauce mix that you can “just add water” to and make a thousand different recipes. Okay maybe that is a bit of an exaggeration but you get the point. A few years ago the Utah State Extension Service developed this recipe. Once you try it, you’ll want to keep it on hand. It only has 3 ingredients, is relatively inexpensive to make and has at least a thousand different uses. It can be used in any cream soup recipe, homemade macaroni and cheese, au gratin or scalloped potatoes, cheese sauce for veggies or creamed vegetables, like new potatoes and peas; or use in any recipe calling for white sauce. You can have it on hand all the time and won’t even need to send $3.95 in the mail for the free powdered white sauce “just add water” sample!

Magic White Sauce Mix
2 ½ c. dry powdered milk
1 c. flour or ½ c. cornstarch
1 c. (2 sticks) butter at room temperature
Combine dry milk, flour or cornstarch, and butter in a large bowl. Mix with electric hand mixer until it looks like cornmeal. Keep mix tightly covered in the refrigerator for up to eight months. Yield: 5 cups

To Make White Sauce
2/3 c. Magic White Sauce mix
1 c. water
In a saucepan, combine Magic White Sauce Mix and water. Stir rapidly with a wire whisk over medium heat until mixture starts to bubble and thicken. Yield: 1 c. white sauce

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