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MisterSenator
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Gumbo: How do I thicken it up?

Gumbo is closing in on being done, but seems to be just a little bit too thin... any quick fixes for this late in the cooking process?

Thanks!


Btrtigerfan
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Baton Rouge
Member since Dec 2007
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re: Gumbo: How do I thicken it up?
Get a large pyrex mixing bowl and mix 1 part flour, 1 part oil then microwave on high. After it starts bubbling whisk it every minute until it gets brown. Spoon in small amount to your gumbo. Be careful. It's volatile.


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Tigerpaw123
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Member since Mar 2007
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re: Gumbo: How do I thicken it up?
File'

Or

Make a slurry of flour and water or cornstarch and water and stir a little in at a time, but remember it has to come to a boil for a thickener to take its full effect


MisterSenator
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re: Gumbo: How do I thicken it up?
slurry of cornstarch and broth from the gumbo. I'll let yall know how it come out!

Thanks!


LEASTBAY
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Member since Aug 2007
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re: Gumbo: How do I thicken it up?
keep cooking it until some of the water cooks off, unless there is shrimp or something that will over cook


Martini
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re: Gumbo: How do I thicken it up?
Put file' in it and stir well so as not to lump.


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Trout Bandit
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Baton Rouge, LA
Member since Dec 2012
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re: Gumbo: How do I thicken it up?
Instant roux from the grocery.


LSUGUMBO
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Shreveport, LA
Member since Sep 2005
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re: Gumbo: How do I thicken it up?
quote:

Message Posted by Trout Bandit Instant roux from the grocery.


I keep a jar of the powder roux in my pantry just in case I ever need to thicken up a gumbo a little.


thedogman
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re: Gumbo: How do I thicken it up?
Add okra


choupic
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re: Gumbo: How do I thicken it up?
More roux used in the beginning= Thicker Gumbo. For next time you cook one


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Mung
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El-lick
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re: Gumbo: How do I thicken it up?
instant roux, or potato flakes


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nikinik
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Mid City
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re: Gumbo: How do I thicken it up?
I use Wondra.


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LSU Piston
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Baton Rouge, LA
Member since Feb 2008
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re: Gumbo: How do I thicken it up?

File powder

Adds good flavor, too


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BayouBlitz
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re: Gumbo: How do I thicken it up?
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keep cooking it until some of the water cooks off, unless there is shrimp or something that will over cook


This. Unless you used too much oil for the roux. Then go with the flour slurry. Or let it sit and skim off as much fat off the top that you can.


hungryone
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re: Gumbo: How do I thicken it up?
Just turn up the heat and cook off some of the liquid. Or learn to like thinner gumbo...most restaurant gumbos are way too thick for me. Homestyle gumbos in my corner of LA are mostly thin and souplike, not gravyish.


Crawdaddy
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Gris Gris
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re: Gumbo: How do I thicken it up?
I'm also in the thinner gumbo group. I like it to have some body, but not like a gravy or stew. In fact, my gravies are not thick either. I don't like things to be "muddy" in texture. I like it just this side of not being translucent.

I would not add a slurry of raw flour or potato flakes. I'd make another roux or add some from a jarred roux if necessary. I always make extra roux because I make mine very dark which results in a thinner gumbo.


BayouBlitz
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re: Gumbo: How do I thicken it up?
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I'm also in the thinner gumbo group.




I'll bet your red beans and rice are runny too.

For chicken and suasage, I start with a thicker roux and adjust thickness by adding chicken stock or letting the stock boil down.


mouton
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Savannah,Ga
Member since Aug 2006
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re: Gumbo: How do I thicken it up?
quote:

Just turn up the heat and cook off some of the liquid. Or learn to like thinner gumbo...most restaurant gumbos are way too thick for me. Homestyle gumbos in my corner of LA are mostly thin and souplike, not gravyish.


I like a very thin gumbo as well. Usually a thick gumbo comes from a lighter roux.


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Count Chocula
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re: Gumbo: How do I thicken it up?
Duh......

Bread crumbs FTMFW


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