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burgeman
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Thickening gumbo

My mom has decided to cook gumbo today, but is using the disgusting store bought roux. Now she is asking how to thicken it up, anyone got any suggestions?


Tigerpaw123
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re: Thickening gumbo
a slurry made of corn starch and water mixed into pot of gumbo then heated to a boil

file' added at service

smother some okra and onions in a skillet and add to gumbo


andouille
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I don't think gumbo needs to be that thick, I certainly would not add cornstarch, with all due respect to Tigerpaw, okra will get it as thick as it needs to be. Some of the best gumbos I've ever had had a dark, but brothy base. It's all in the seasoning and fresh ingredients. Make sure to use the shrimp shells for stock and crush the thyme leaves between your fingers, I'm sure it will be good.
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Martini
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add file' during the last thirty minutes of cooking and stir in good so it doesnt lump. This will thicken it up nicely.


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AreJay
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keep simmering it


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Gris Gris
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I don't think gumbo needs to be that thick, I certainly would not add cornstarch, with all due respect to Tigerpaw, okra will get it as thick as it needs to be. Some of the best gumbos I've ever had had a dark, but brothy base. It's all in the seasoning and fresh ingredients. Make sure to use the shrimp shells for stock and crush the thyme leaves between your fingers, I'm sure it will be good.


+10000

I do not like thick gumbo. It doesn't have to be thick. Too much thickness ruins the flavors for me. I don't know where all this thick gumbo business even came from. It should have some body, but it should not be a stew.

If she wants it thicker, go buy another jar of that roux she used, but please don't use cornstarch to thicken gumbo.


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AbsolutTiger
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Should have used a real roux from the beginning and she wouldn't have had these problems.


AreJay
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Should have used a real roux from the beginning and she wouldn't have had these problems.


does roux in a jar thicken different than 'real roux?'


Lexo
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but is using the disgusting store bought roux


Where did she buy this roux? I use the gumbo mix from Bailey's in LaPlace regularly, and it's not bad. ...as long as it doesn't have bugs in it.


alajones
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does roux in a jar thicken different than 'real roux?'
I use roux and a jor all the time. If I am making gumbo for dinner on a weeknight, I have no time to make roux.


TigerSpy
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it takes about ten minutes to make a roux. Come on.


LloydChristmas
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I use the gumbo mix from Bailey's in LaPlace regularly, and it's not bad. ...as long as it doesn't have bugs in it.




Really?


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bossflossjr
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it takes about ten minutes to make a roux. Come on.


i sure hope there is sarcasim in this statement


OTIS2
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bossflossjr
Cup of oil and a cup+ of flour + hot black iron + 10 to 12 minutes = dark chocolate roux over here. Larger rouxs take a few miutes more ...up to 17 minutes for 3 cups x 2. You just need the correct utensil to stir with...something that yields alot of surface contact.
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MSMHater
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okra will get it as thick as it needs to be.

+1


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Geauxtiga
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Add more roux. I like mine thick and I like the roux in a jar.


pooponsaban
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re: Thickening gumbo
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it takes about ten minutes to make a roux. Come on.


It actually takes about 2 minutes to make any roux any color. Just need to know the secret method.


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Kim Jong Ir
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I like the roux in a jar.



Me too. Kary's roux is great IMO.


ByDaBook
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If you want it thicker, add more roux. But only add a little at a time (can't take it back).

1 can of cream of mushroom will also help make it a little, just a little, less soupy. But the roux is more effective. File too of course, but again, you don't want to add too much file.



TigerSpy
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re: Thickening gumbo
I can think of nothing more abhorrent than cream of mushroom soup in a gumbo.


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