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I don’t know what I’m doing. #7732141 01/29/20 05:38 PM
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Making my first roux. Is this a rich mahogany color? I expected thicker roux, this is 3/4 cup bacon fat and 1cup flour.

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I’m trying to learn Cajun Cookery. This will hopefully turn in to a good gumbo.


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Looks more caramel to me..


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...and can I sub Old Bay for Tony Chachere’s?


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Originally Posted by Cast
...and can I sub Old Bay for Tony Chachere’s?

It’s gumbo, you can put anything your heart desires in it.


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Thats what I'd call milk chocolate, keep going. Also, I think a spatula works better than a whisk while its browning. He's right, its gumbo - put whatever you want in it.


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Except tomatoes.....no tomatoes.

And yes, keep going. Needs to be darker.

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Keep going. Leave the okra out and call me when it's done.


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A dark roux is accomplished with very hot grease, it’s almost dangerous to make. Plus there’s a lot of smoke.
Yours should be fine.


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Life is too short to spend any time making roux. It's flour and grease, no seasoning. On day 97, the good Lord provided us with roux in a jar you can buy at the grocery store. It's always perfect, never burnt, never too light. Burn your roux and your gumbo is toast no matter what you add. Make it too light and it's visually unappealing.

No tomatoes, no corn, no okra no noodles as others have said. Good gumbo is not intended to be a clearinghouse for your refrigerator extras.

Only Tony's, not Old Bay, that's gumbo sacrilege.

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Re: I don’t know what I’m doing. [Re: Cast] #7732175 01/29/20 06:09 PM
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It sat in the dutch oven on a cold burner and darkened right up. Now the trinity, garlic and andouille sausage is mixed in and warming up slowly. So far so good.

And it will have okra simmered in bacon fat added later.


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Originally Posted by pdr55
A dark roux is accomplished with very hot grease, it’s almost dangerous to make. Plus there’s a lot of smoke.
Yours should be fine.


Dark roux is just cooked longer, it's not about hot grease. Hot grease is how you make a mess, burn yourself and likely burn the roux.

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I don't think I have ever had gumbo without okra.

Some of the comments above I wonder about.


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Slimy okra is disgusting

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Originally Posted by beaversnipe
Slimy okra is disgusting


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There are a couple of housewives near me who mow their yards. They look determined and beautiful on their zero turn mowers.

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Originally Posted by CharlieCTx
Life is too short to spend any time making roux. It's flour and grease, no seasoning. On day 97, the good Lord provided us with roux in a jar you can buy at the grocery store. It's always perfect, never burnt, never too light. Burn your roux and your gumbo is toast no matter what you add. Make it too light and it's visually unappealing.

No tomatoes, no corn, no okra no noodles as others have said. Good gumbo is not intended to be a clearinghouse for your refrigerator extras.

Only Tony's, not Old Bay, that's gumbo sacrilege.

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Originally Posted by redchevy
I don't think I have ever had gumbo without okra.

Some of the comments above I wonder about.

I’m with redchebby!


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Too much grease?

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I always figured the ‘gum’ in gumbo was from the slimy okra. I love okra.

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The base is about ready I think. Next I’ll add the beef broth and simmer a bit, then start adding in seasonings and herbs. Then after another simmer, the crab meat and the shrimp.


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Originally Posted by redchevy
I don't think I have ever had gumbo without okra.

Some of the comments above I wonder about.

I’m with redchebby!


I've had it both ways. Prefer without.


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Originally Posted by snake oil
Too much grease?


I’m following a recipe. I also questioned that much bacon fat but in the end it looked ok.


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Roux is usually equal parts flour and grease, I'd think it would brown faster with more flour and less grease but who knows. I have never used store bought roux, that might change when I hit AARP age like some folks on here so I will reserve judgment for now............


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That roux has a long way to go.


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Originally Posted by bigbob_ftw
That roux has a long way to go.


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Roux was not dark enough IMO. And, I am a little confused. Did you put the veggies in with the roux before cooking down? Am I backwards? I make a nice dark roux, and set aside. In pot cook down Green peppers, onion, and celery, add stock, meat, seasonings and simmer for a long while. Then add roux and simmmer for a long while. Then add okra last as simmer for a short while. (this is also when adding shrimp if making seafood gumbo).


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