You are a cook- a good cook for that matter- and you have decided to try out your hand on hollandaise sauce!
That is the first fun step, yet a bold one as many good cooks like you shy away from making hollandaise sauce.
Now, can you freeze hollandaise sauce?
That is the question you might be grappling with, given that hollandaise has partly cooked eggs in it.
The quick answer is yes, and you can put your hollandaise in a refrigerator and freeze it for later serving.
Let us expound more on everything you ought to know about hollandaise sauce.
What you need to Know about Hollandaise Sauce!
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What is Hollandaise Sauce?
The name hollandaise sauce is the French word for “Dutch sauce.”
Hence the common belief that the sauce has its roots in Dutch culture. It is one of the classic creamy French mother to other sauces.
It is an emulsified sauce, which means that melted butter and lemon are forced to play nice with each other using egg yolks as a playground.
Does that sound impressive?
What is more, is that hollandaise sauce is unique from the rest as it is seasoned with salt and white pepper.
Sometimes cayenne pepper is used instead. Better still, the hollandaise sauce is ideal for breakfast or brunch.
What is Hollandaise Sauce Made Out of?
Do you want to make a rich sauce?
To do so, you will need to know what hollandaise sauce is made out of and have the needed ingredients on your kitchen table.
The sauce is made from egg yolks, lemon juice, and warm water. You can also season it with salt.
Besides, you need white pepper or cayenne in place, in case you need some additional seasoning.
You can put vinegar right next to lemon juice as a good alternative as you will need it to keep your egg yolks from coagulating.
You now know what the hollandaise sauce is made out of, and you are ready to take up the challenge!
Easy Hollandaise Sauce Recipe
You can make hollandaise sauce easily with just few ingredients.
3 large egg yolks
1 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp cold water
1 tsp salt
½ cup butter
Dash of cayenne pepper
- Take a small bowl. Pour the egg yolks, lemon juice, cold water and salt.
- Whisk all ingredients together and mix it thoroughly.
- Place a sauce pan on stove and melt the butter on low heat.
- Transfer yolk mixture into the butter slowly.
- Whisk the butter and egg yolk mixture for 8 to 10 minutes on low heat till sauce turns into thick and smooth consistency.
- Remove from heat and add Dash of cayenne pepper.
- Serve immediately and enjoy your smooth and delicious sauce!
How to Reheat Hollandaise Sauce?
You are most likely to enjoy hollandaise sauce best when served fresh.
There are times when you do not have a chance to make fresh hollandaise, and therefore you are forced to reheat the remaining sauce which you had stored.
It is advisable to reheat within a day of preparing to avoid spoilage.
Here are a few steps to follow when reheating your hollandaise sauce:
- Pour your hollandaise sauce into a microwave-safe glass bowl
- Proceed to stir with a whisk to recombine the sauce in case it has separated
- Place the bowl in the microwave
- Heat for about 15 seconds at 20% power
- Stir the sauce with the whisk and return it to the microwave
- Continue heating in 15-seconds increments
- Stir at the end of each 15 seconds until the sauce is warm
Alternatively, you can reheat by placing your hollandaise sauce in a bowl on top of simmering water and stirring it constantly until it’s warm.
Can You Store Hollandaise Sauce?
By now, you are thrilled by the taste of the hollandaise sauce.
Besides, you have considered that you will not always have time to make some when you need a serving.
Consequently, you resort to preparing earlier, or in bulk so that you can serve more than just once.
The next question that comes up is whether you can store a hollandaise sauce.
The answer is yes, and here is how to store your sauce for later serving:
- Put the hollandaise sauce into a heatproof bowl
- Cover the bowl with a plastic wrap
- Place the container on a warming plate
- Avoid placing it directly on a heat source as that may cause overheating
- Arrange the plastic wrap in such a way that it does not touch a hot surface
- Store the container on the warming plate for one hour before serving
If you want to store longer, you may want to consider storing it in a refrigerator. Take the following steps:
- Pour the hollandaise sauce into a plastic bowl or a glass bowl
- Seal the lead tightly to prevent any air circulation
- Place the bowl in the refrigerator
- Store the hollandaise sauce for up to two days before serving
Note that your hollandaise sauce consists of partially cooked eggs.
That means storing for more than two days could lead to spoilage as the sauce may harbor disease-causing bacteria.
Can You Refrigerate Hollandaise Sauce?
You might not have the time to prepare hollandaise sauce every day.
To save on time and still have some to serve, you may decide to prepare in bulk. That is alright, especially if you have a refrigerator to store in.
Refrigerating your hollandaise after preparing is one of the practically proven methods of storing the sauce for later serving.
The butter in the sauce is likely to solidify, but that should not worry you as you can always thaw it when you need a serving.
- All you need to do is pour the sauce into a plastic or glass bowl.
- Seal the lid tightly to avoid air circulation
- Place the bowl into the refrigerator
- Be sure not to keep it for more than two days as that may cause it to spoil, and you may lose your sauce.
Can You Make Hollandaise Sauce Ahead of Time?
You can make hollandaise sauce a couple of hours before or even 12 hours earlier to serve time.
How is that possible?
You can prepare the hollandaise sauce and store it in the refrigerator in a bowl.
You will need to press the plastic wrap down onto the hollandaise sauce. Make sure to expel as much air as possible.
Once you are ready to reuse it, you will just need to uncover the plastic wrap and gently reheat in the microwave.
So yes, you can refrigerate your hollandaise sauce for reuse later.
Can You Freeze Hollandaise Sauce?
Hollandaise sauce can be frozen by storing it in a refrigerator under very low temperatures.
This is usually convenient when you prepare hollandaise sauce in bulk and for more than one serving.
What you need to do is take the following steps:
- Pour it in a glass bowl
- Wrap it tightly with a plastic wrapper to avoid air circulation
- Put it in a refrigerator
- Store it for up to two days to avoid spoilage
- You can always defrost it when you need to serve
Making hollandaise sauce is not just for professional cooks!
You just need to know that there are a few essential things, such as the ingredients and the procedures to help you handle this sauce.
And of course, how to store the extra sauce for later use.
Just don’t microwave the sauce!
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