What is temper in cooking ?

  • twill10 3 years ago
    Definition:

    "Temper" is a culinary term meaning to stabilize certain products. For instance, when a hot liquid, like soup, is mixed with cold cream, it is added slowly, whisking the entire time, so the dairy product doesn't curdle.

    Likewise, chocolate is tempered by heating and cooling and heating again to stabilize the fat in the chocolate so it doesn't crystallize or "bloom" once it cools.

    Just means bring a product up in temperature, like eggs before you add the eggs to a hot mixture. You don't want the eggs to cook when adding to a hot mixture.

    Examples: I tempered the sour cream by adding the hot Mushroom-Barley Soup slowly while whisking constantly.
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