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Packaged gravy mixes. What are your experiences?


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As I mentioned over two years ago on the "Ahh, Bisto! The Gravy Mix" topic:

 

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Bisto ain't bad, but the best was Burdall's Gravy Salts, which were sadly discontinued.  I can't remember why.

 

However, some one got hold of the recipe and sells it as Old Jake's Gravy Saviour. Indistinguishable from the original.



 

...your dancing child with his Chinese suit.

 

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6 hours ago, liuzhou said:

However, some one got hold of the recipe and sells it as Old Jake's Gravy Saviour. Indistinguishable from the original.

Surely their site ought to earn a Guinness world record for length and complexity of ordering instructions for their gravy salts. 😂 

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6 minutes ago, Anna N said:

Surely their site ought to earn a Guinness world record for length and complexity of ordering instructions for their gravy salts. 😂 

 

Indeed! But my 91-year-old mother still does order it.

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What about buying your favourite gravy from a restaurant, freeze it in ice cube bags, then pick how many cubes you need and nuke them in the microwave?

 

 

 

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2 minutes ago, teonzo said:

What about buying your favourite gravy from a restaurant, freeze it in ice cube bags, then pick how many cubes you need and nuke them in the microwave?

 

 

 

Teo

 

Speaking only for myself, the only restaurants that I would order some thing with gravy happen to be diners!  They are known for using gravy mixes just like I do. 😂

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Another solution: call your granddaughter and ask her to prepare a big load of homemade gravy to stock your freezer, casually (very casually) pointing out all the cookies/breads you gave her.

 

 

 

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5 minutes ago, teonzo said:

Another solution: call your granddaughter and ask her to prepare a big load of homemade gravy to stock your freezer, casually (very casually) pointing out all the cookies/breads you gave her.

 

 

 

Teo

 

Lol. I love her dearly but she wouldn’t have a clue where to start. I taught her a lot of things but cooking wasn’t one of them! I never had confidence in myself to think I could teach anyone else. She makes a mean KD though!

 

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OK so it’s stretching things a bit but @Kerry Bealdiscovered this in her exploration of British stores in the area:

 

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Cheese “gravy”? 

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15 hours ago, Anna N said:

I taught her a lot of things but cooking wasn’t one of them!

 

The new forum software is malfunctioning if it allows such things to be posted.

 

 

 

Teo

 

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2 hours ago, Anna N said:

OK so it’s stretching things a bit but @Kerry Bealdiscovered this in her exploration of British stores in the area:

 

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Cheese “gravy”? 

I do't know about the cheese gravy but I love using Bisto.  

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For review purposes only :

 

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she is of course knitting Pink.  before the new Vicar show ups.

 

just hoping to save you some time ....  never saw this in Colour.

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so you dont loose too much sleep :

 

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Letitica Cropley was the characters name,  

 

above , at the new vicar's reception she made :

 

Ham and Lemon curd ( above ) and Penutbutter and Anchovey  sandwiches

 

it get a lot more epicurean after that .

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I've learned a few things from the pandemic, and shopping at Restaurant Depot ......   one day I went down an aisle I'd hadn't been in (I was wandering the store trying to wait until the lines were short).  I stumbled on the aisle with powdered Knorr (and some other brand) mixes!   Hollandaise from a POWDER?!  Alfredo sauce from a powder?  Seriously? Sometimes I am really naive, I had no idea you could cheat like that.  Then I realized this is the savory side's "bucket frosting".    Years ago I sheepishly asked my sale rep if they sold pre-made frosting (I had someone who wanted the Publix kind of frosting and didn't have shortening in house). She just started laughing, I was her only account still doing scratch baking.

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A not a very good photograph but I made up a batch of the Bisto onion gravy and found it quite palatable and very convenient. Heated water in the microwave, added gravy granules and stirred until thickened and smooth.  Just about my speed these days. 

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6 hours ago, Anna N said:

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A not a very good photograph but I made up a batch of the Bisto onion gravy and found it quite palatable and very convenient. Heated water in the microwave, added gravy granules and stirred until thickened and smooth.  Just about my speed these days. 

 

Beat you.  I bought gravy in a jar.

 

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I really wanted to try Bsto.  w free prime , I dont have to by 25 $  etc

 

so Ive been indulging  in things ...

 

from Amazon :

 

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no idea on the salt content , but I noticed this is ' Suitable for vegetarians "

 

i know about hydrolyzed onions etc , but I decided to hold on a trial  No Cows harmed it seems

 

there is a Chicken on on Amazon , again , no chickens were in harmed

 

I did track down NaCL  ;  50 ml as made by directions :  180 mg of NaCl

 

these are not criticisms , just point of information.

 

 

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1 hour ago, rotuts said:

I really wanted to try Bsto.  w free prime , I dont have to by 25 $  etc

 

so Ive been indulging  in things ...

 

from Amazon :

 

Bistro.thumb.jpg.3a69067b25af0d6c3b3c5878e3358142.jpg

 

no idea on the salt content , but I noticed this is ' Suitable for vegetarians "

 

i know about hydrolyzed onions etc , but I decided to hold on a trial  No Cows harmed it seems

 

there is a Chicken on on Amazon , again , no chickens were in harmed

 

I did track down NaCL  ;  50 ml as made by directions :  180 mg of NaCl

 

these are not criticisms , just point of information.

 

 

I was raised on Bisto (Beef-flavored) from the age of 9 and recently discovered the chicken version.  My mom used to serve pure Bisto gravy with roasts (beef and chicken), savoury pies, and as a base for stews.  I'm not a fan of nothin' but Bisto.  However, I've discovered that a judicious combination of Bisto, canned gravy (oddly, the canned is better than the jarred, I've found), wine, and herbs can make a damn fine gravy.  I discovered this over 10 years ago when the Eye of Round roast became a THING (I need to do this again, it really was pretty good) and it needed some gravy, but made NO drippings.  

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