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Uses for Braising Liquid

In my attempts to waste nothing I find myself staring at a pot of braising liquid. There is the obvious application of putting the liquid on the braised item. Does any have any good methods to utilize this? The braise was pork shoulder with apple cider, rosemary, mustard seeds, and onion.

asked by NealB about 3 years ago
6 answers 1857 views
Amanda Hesser

Amanda is a co-founder of Food52.

added about 3 years ago

Is it pretty loose? If so, how about cooking baby onions in it, or turnips?

added about 3 years ago

"Gravy" in all forms (anything that looks like it, e.g.) highly valued by the male eaters in my household, so this type of liquid never goes to waste if a carbohydrate is near to hand to accommodate it.

added about 3 years ago

I say this all the time. I actually started freezing some favorites. I only use them three times, mostly because I'm scared if I keep using them I'll poison someone. But if a recipe is great and you know you will make it again, why not keep the sauce.
Brown the meat, add the thawed sauce, braise again! Many steps saved the second time around.

added about 3 years ago

Chill to remove fat and then simmer to reduce. I freeze these little cubes of flavor and use them when making rice, sauces, etc etc

added about 3 years ago

I agree with peicook - strain, remove fat, reduce at least by half if not more and freeze in ice cube trays. It is also delicious if you are doing to a simple vegetable Sautée. Through in a cube and your kale or squash will be infused with the suggestion of pork and rosemary.

added about 3 years ago

Use as the liquid for cooking beans?