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Unread 06-06-2014, 08:34 PM   #1
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I am smoking 50# of boneless prime rib roast for a wedding in 2 weeks and want to make a balsamic/wine reduction to go with it. I make this all the time, but not in large quantities. How much do I need for 80 servings? Usually when I make it, I use a whole bottle of balsamic vinegar and even with the addition of wine it reduces to lease than half a bottle. I'm guessing that would serve 15- 20? And is it possible to make it all in one pot or do I need to make it in batches?
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A lot depends on the size of your pans. If you have a large saute or roasting pan, you can do it in one batch. I would guess you will need around 1 to 1.5 ounces per person, thus 80 ounces +/-. About 1/2 gallon. That means you will be starting with what...4 gallons? That's a large pan. In a restaurant, we would use an oven pan or similarly large pan for this
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A lot depends on the size of your pans. If you have a large saute or roasting pan, you can do it in one batch. I would guess you will need around 1 to 1.5 ounces per person, thus 80 ounces +/-. About 1/2 gallon. That means you will be starting with what...4 gallons? That's a large pan. In a restaurant, we would use an oven pan or similarly large pan for this
I think I normally reduce down to about 1/3 without the addition of wine. Reducing down to 1/8 (4 gallons to 1/2) would be very thick.
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My two cents: I don't cook for weddings. I'd hate to ruin someone's day because I screwed up or the weather didn't cooperate. That said, I do cook for both sides of my family, which is almost 30 people and I find when I do something in a small batch very well, rather than scale it up I will make multiple small batches. That works for me.
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My two cents: I find when I do something in a small batch very well, rather than scale it up I will make multiple small batches. That works for me.
I agree. Things do not always scale up correctly. Better to make multiple small batches and stick with a proven formula
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