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Author Topic: Is sautéing just a posh word for frying? Is there any difference?  (Read 1298 times)

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Aidez-moi! Je suis très confus. I can see no difference between good old English frying and fancily-named sautéing. Can anybody please explain what the difference is?
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Re: Is sautéing just a posh word for frying? Is there any difference?
« Reply #1 on: 14 October, 2016, 05:47:31 PM »
My understanding is to sautee is to fry in butter.

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Re: Is sautéing just a posh word for frying? Is there any difference?
« Reply #2 on: 14 October, 2016, 06:55:03 PM »
My understanding is to sauté is to fry in butter.

That makes perfect sense, Heels! The French do love their buttery food and fry ups - as I do too, but only now and again. To avoid the butter burning I often use a mix of olive oil and a knob of butter in the frying pan. I've no idea what that kind of frying would be called. Demi-sauté? Le sauté anglais?
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Re: Is sautéing just a posh word for frying? Is there any difference?
« Reply #3 on: 14 October, 2016, 10:54:25 PM »

Aidez-moi! Je suis très confus. I can see no difference between good old English frying and fancily-named sautéing. Can anybody please explain what the difference is?

I believe for sautéing you make the fat very hot and fry briefly. It tends to cook crisply on the outside leaving the inside less cooked or even uncooked. Chopped onions are a good example of doing this. The primary meaning of the French verb sauter is to jump so you can imagine the onions trying to jump out after being dropped into very hot fat.
https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/us/sauté
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Re: Is sautéing just a posh word for frying? Is there any difference?
« Reply #4 on: 15 October, 2016, 10:13:09 AM »
Thank you for removing my extraneous "e", P-K and for adding the acute accent - my inner pedant salutes you, or, past tense, saltueed you.

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Re: Is sautéing just a posh word for frying? Is there any difference?
« Reply #5 on: 15 October, 2016, 11:29:52 AM »
It has always been my understanding that to saute food you first need to part cook it, for example, spuds and so on, par- boil and then you can saute. If you just fry them ... you are just frying them !

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Re: Is sautéing just a posh word for frying? Is there any difference?
« Reply #6 on: 16 October, 2016, 06:10:40 PM »
Thank you for removing my extraneous "e", P-K and for adding the acute accent - my inner pedant salutes you, or, past tense, saltueed you.

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Unfortunately it wasn't me! Honest! It was my punctilious snotty nosed predictive auto spell-checker that stuck that nifty accent on. But I'll gladly take all the credit: not least because we do have Posterity to think about on IA; what will future generations think of us if our grammar ain't bleedin' perfect?
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