Long-cooked meat stock becomes rich, thick glace


January 25, 1995|By Rita Calvert XTC | Rita Calvert XTC,Special to The Sun

Q: What is glace de viande?

A: This term refers to a very rich reduced meat stock which has been reduced until it is thick and syrupy. It is very expensive and time-consuming to make because 1 gallon of stock will yield only 1 to 2 cups of glace.

Q: Will the shredded packaged cheese I bought freeze well?

A: You can freeze shredded cheeses like mozzarella, Swiss or Cheddar, but you will sacrifice some quality. It may become dry and a bit brittle, but should be fine for cooking.

Q: What does chiffonade mean?

A: This phrase refers to very thin lacy-looking strips of food, usually vegetables such as sorrel, lettuce or basil. These string-like pieces can be lightly sauteed or used raw as a garnish. Cutting is easiest if the leaf or leaves are rolled into a tight cylinder and then thinly sliced.

Tip: Here's a little trick to determine just how fresh your lobster is the next you order this oh-so-expensive dish in a restaurant -- make sure the tail curls under when it is served. This indicates that the lobster was alive just before it was cooked.

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