French Sauces

French food is known worldwide for its decadence and abundance of flavor. Did you know that much of this comes from the five French mother sauces? These sauces form the foundation of most other sauces found in French cuisine. Let’s have a look at these foundational sauces!

Béchamel

This creamy sauce feels luxurious on the tongue, but it is actually quite simple to make. With just milk and white roux (butter and flour), béchamel becomes a thick, velvety condiment that can be eaten as is or combined with other ingredients such as cheese, herbs, or onions. This sauce pairs well with hearty foods like beef, pasta, and potatoes.

Hollandaise

Hollandaise is a favorite of brunch fans all over the world, and it is also made with a few simple ingredients. This smooth, tangy sauce is an emulsion of butter, lemon juice, and egg yolks. Beyond eggs Benedict, Hollandaise is often used with seafood and vegetables to give them a kick of freshness and rich texture.

Velouté

Like béchamel, velouté starts with a roux, but it is then combined with stock (usually fish, chicken, or veal). The result is a deliciously savory white sauce that can be used with almost any French dish. It is a versatile condiment that is great to have in your cooking arsenal!

Tomat

French sauce tomat is not your average tomato sauce. Cooking it is a long process involving simmered meats, vegetables, and assorted herbs, but it pays off in the end when the sauce becomes a chunky, filling sauce. It is closer to a bolognese meat sauce than the runny tomato sauce we are used to in the USA.

Demi Glace

Demi glace or sauce Espagnole starts with a brown roux (similar to a white roux, but cooked longer until it becomes nuttier in flavor). Meat stock, bones, herbs, and vegetables are added to the roux and cooked until the sauce is thick, rich, and decadent. Spoon this over some dark meat with mushrooms and mashed potatoes, and you will feel like royalty.

What’s your favorite French mother sauce? Let us know!

Here at WN Foods, we co-pack high quality sauces, cooked with the finest ingredients. If you would like us to manufacture your sauce recipe, or if you would like our food science team to help you develop your own sauce, please contact us at (510) 487-8877 or wingnienfoods@gmail.com.

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Food Science Fun Facts

This week, we would like to honor the WN Foods R&D and QA departments by sharing some food science fun facts!

  • Ever wondered about the crunchy layer on top of your crème brûlée? Caramelization (the browning of sugar) happens when heat causes the molecules in sugar to break down and form completely different molecules, giving the sugar a totally new flavor.
  • Before you peel that juicy apple, consider eating it with the skin! Many fruit and vegetable peels contain beneficial fibers and vitamins.

  • Speaking of apples, do you know why the inside turns brown after you cut it open? It’s nothing dangerous, it’s just because the apple’s plant tissue cells have been injured and exposed to oxygen.
  • When a sauce is too thin, many people use cornstarch to thicken it. This is a great cooking tip that works because of a process called “starch gelatinization” in which starch molecules break down in heat and start to take in water, increasing the thickness of the sauce.

  • Anyone who has made bread before knows that yeast is absolutely essential, but do you know why? Yeast is actually a fungus that feeds on sugar and excreting carbon dioxide gas and alcohol, causing bread dough to rise.
  • Does chopping onions make you cry? You can thank syn-propanethial-S-oxide. This chemical irritant is a gas secreted by cut onions. Your tear glands produce tears to try and flush it out of your eyes.

What’s your favorite food science fact? Let us know!

Here at WN Foods, we co-pack high quality sauces, cooked with the finest ingredients. If you would like us to manufacture your sauce recipe, or if you would like our food science team to help you develop your own sauce, please contact us at (510) 487-8877 or wingnienfoods@gmail.com.

Cooking With Beverages

Today we’re cooking with beverages! No, not just milk or water. Let’s learn about the interesting ways we can use drinks in the kitchen.

Beer

Not so fast! Before you down that beer, consider using it in your dinner. There are so many different types of beer in the world, and each one lends a unique flavor to your food. However, beer is generally known to add an earthy, hearty flavor to dishes. Try it in a batter or a glaze!

Soda

Soda isn’t just good for refreshing you on a hot day, it’s also an amazing ingredient. Yes, even in savory recipes! Marinate beef kabobs in Mountain Dew for a fresh, tangy flavor. Make a thick, sweet BBQ sauce from scratch with cola. It sounds strange, but we think you’ll love it.

Wine

Got some leftover wine from your last dinner party? Using wine in a recipe is a great way to quickly add some rich flavors to the dish or to enhance the dish’s existing flavor. With Chianti, a simple bolognese sauce becomes a delicious culinary adventure. A bland cut of chicken braised in white wine becomes juicy, tender, and flavorful. Give it a try!

Have you used any of these drinks in your cooking? Let us know!

Here at WN Foods, we co-pack high quality sauces, cooked with the finest ingredients. If you would like us to manufacture your sauce recipe, or if you would like our food science team to help you develop your own sauce, please contact us at (510) 487-8877 or wingnienfoods@gmail.com.

Foodie Vacation Spots

Tis the season for planning summer vacations! We don’t know about you, but when the WN Foods family goes on vacation, food always plays a major part in our trip planning. Here are a few cities around the world we recommend visiting if you’re as obsessed with food as we are!

Hong Kong

Craving dim sum? Head to Hong Kong and treat yourself to some of the finest soup dumplings, pork buns, and noodle rolls in the world! Although dim sum comes from Guangzhou, Hong Kong has adapted and mastered its own version of this cuisine, taking it to whole new level. Amazing dim sum can be found on basically every street here, but we especially recommend visiting Tim Ho Wan and Mott 32.

Naples

If you’re looking for amazing Italian food, basically any city in Italy is a safe bet. However, if you want something extra special, visit the home of pizza as we know it: Naples! Legend says that the first margherita pizza was created in Naples in the 16th century, and has gained worldwide popularity since then. We can’t decide which pizza place is best, so we recommend visiting a few and deciding for yourself which one truly serves the best slice in the world.

Tokyo

When it comes to eating Japanese food in Japan, it’s very tough to recommend just one city since each region of the country has its own specialty. We’re including Tokyo on this list since you can find many of these regional specialties in this one city. Whether you’re hungry for ramen, okonomiyaki, or sushi, you’ll find it here! For the most variety, stop by one of Tokyo’s many food halls and try out as many dishes as you can.

Paris

Like Japan, France also has special foods that each region is fiercely proud of. Ideally, you would tour the whole country and try each department’s best cuisine. If you don’t have enough time, Paris is a great compromise. When you’re not taking in the city’s rich history, art, and architecture, dine on the most delicious pastries, cheese, and foie gras. Feast your eyes on all the delectable meals awaiting you!

New York City

Not ready to travel abroad for your food obsession? No problem- New York City has plenty of amazing international cuisines readily available in almost every borough. We highly recommend visiting food courts like EatalyDekalb Market Hall, and Gotham West Market so you can eat your fill of foods from all over the world.

Where would you like to travel, and what would you eat there? Let us know!

Here at WN Foods, we co-pack high quality sauces, cooked with the finest ingredients. If you would like us to manufacture your sauce recipe, or if you would like our food science team to help you develop your own sauce, please contact us at (510) 487-8877 or wingnienfoods@gmail.com.

Meal Prep With WN Foods

Have you heard of meal prepping? Many people meal prep, or prepare meals in bulk ahead of time in order to save time, save money, and ensure that they eat proper portions for each meal. Here are some easy and delicious meal prep recipe using WN Foods sauces!

Teriyaki Chicken

This teriyaki chicken meal prep recipe from Tasty is balanced and sure to be a crowd pleaser even for picky eaters. With our Double Hi Soy Sauce, the sweet and savory teriyaki sauce comes together quickly, making this meal flavorful and extremely easy to prepare in bulk. Give it a try!

Mason Jar Miso Ramen

If you modify this recipe from Serious Eats a bit to incorporate our Longevity Miso Ramen Base, meal prepping becomes even easier! You can customize the ramen to include any of your favorite meats, veggies, or other toppings. Its mason jar packaging also makes it convenient to carry on the go.

Honey Sriracha Shrimp

Craving seafood? Try this meal prep recipe from The Fitchen with our Longevity Sriracha Sauce! The nutritious and tasty shrimp and veggies are easy to prepare, and are sure to brighten your day with a burst of flavor.

Which meal prep recipe will you try first? Let us know!

Here at WN Foods, we co-pack high quality sauces, cooked with the finest ingredients. If you would like us to manufacture your sauce recipe, or if you would like our food science team to help you develop your own sauce, please contact us at (510) 487-8877 or wingnienfoods@gmail.com.

Thai Sauces

There are thousands of Thai restaurants in the USA, but not many Thai sauces are regularly found in American households. We would like to change that by introducing our readers to some delicious sauces and condiments found in Thai cuisine and explaining why you should incorporate them into your home cooking!

Thai Peanut Sauce

As the name says, Thai peanut sauce is a peanut-based sauce with several herbs and spices, including coconut milk, tamarind, soy sauce, and garlic. This sauce is often served with satay or salad, but one WN Foods customer uses it to make Thai-inspired pizza. Its peanut flavor is approachable for people of all tastes, so give it a try!

Sweet Chili Sauce

This versatile sauce is made with red chile peppers and vinegar and can be served with anything from spring rolls, chicken, and seafood. If you’re a fan of Sriracha, we think you might love sweet chili sauce as well. Check it out!

Thai Curry Sauce

Don’t get this confused with Indian or Japanese curry! Thai curry has its own unique flavor thanks to its mix of curry paste, coconut milk, and choice of protein (seafood, meat, or tofu). This delectable sauce is sure to be a treat for your tastebuds.

Nam Phrik Ong

This Thai sauce is a perfect companion for fresh vegetables. Nam Phrik Ong is made of ground pork, chili paste, tomato, and sometimes shrimp paste. It may sound like a bit of a strange combination to Thai food newbies, but trust us when we say that it is amazing!

Thai Fish Sauce

Thai fish sauce or Nam Pla is a Thai food essential. The most basic version is just fermented fish and salt, but it is often mixed with other ingredients, like spices or chili paste. Try it as a marinade, dipping sauce, or in a stew!

Which Thai sauce would you like to try first? Let us know!

Here at WN Foods, we co-pack high quality sauces, cooked with the finest ingredients. If you would like us to manufacture your sauce recipe, or if you would like our food science team to help you develop your own sauce, please contact us at (510) 487-8877 or wingnienfoods@gmail.com.

Chinese Food Vocabulary

Chinese Food Vocabulary

In honor of our bilingual staff here at WN Foods, let’s learn some Chinese food vocabulary in Mandarin!

  • Soy sauce = 酱油 (jiàngyóu)
  • Rice = 饭 (fàn)
  • Noodles = 面 (miàn)
  • Meat = 肉 (ròu)
  • Vegetables = 菜 (cài)
  • Dumplings = 饺子 (jiǎozi)
  • Soup = 汤 (tāng)
  • Chopsticks = 筷子 (kuàizi)
  • To eat = 吃 (chī)
  • To drink = 喝 (hē)

What’s your favorite Mandarin food word? Let us know!

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Here at WN Foods, we co-pack high quality sauces, cooked with the finest ingredients. If you would like us to manufacture your sauce recipe, or if you would like our food science team to help you develop your own sauce, please contact us at (510) 487-8877 or wingnienfoods@gmail.com.