I use these Brown Gravy Mixes quite a bit when I am cooking
.... I know, I know ... yuck right? They do come in handy though. I find them useful for meals like shepherd's pie, hot beef sandwiches (when there is roast beef left over from the previous day's meal), for throwing in a package when a pot of stew is almost ready or even when I am in a rush and need something for mashed potatoes.
The worst part about them however is they are quite expensive. Sometimes I can get them on sale at 3 packs for .99 cents but usually they run about .50 cents a pack. I think that is outrageous especially when I know it is probably just cornstarch and some beef bullion. So I was on the hunt to find a recipe to make my own ....
and I found it! It was on the Our Country Haven Forum site ... now I have never seen this site before but it needs to be explored further. It looks fantastic. So I thought I would share it with you. Now I didn't figure out the cost of how much it cost to make this batch but I would assume it was pretty cheap ... it makes the equivalent to 24 of those little packages!!!! So that would run me at least $12.00 and I know it didn't cost that much.
Brown Gravy Mix
1 2/3 cup of cornstarch
6 tablespoons of low sodium beef bullion or granules
4 teaspoons of instant coffee crystals or powder
2 teaspoons of onion powder
1 tablespoon of garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon of pepper
1/2 teaspoon of paprika
Combine and store in an airtight container.
Use 3 tablespoons of mix to 1 1/2 cups of water in a pan.
Bring to a boil, reduce heat and stir for one minute.
I love, love, love it! No more of those expensive pre-packaged mixes.
Now the same site had a chicken gravy mix recipe so I am happy to share that as well BUT I have not tried this one yet so I am unsure of the taste. If it is anything like the brown gravy, it will be a winner. It doesn't however make as much ..... or at least you have to use quite a bit more to make the gravy so it looks like this recipe is only the equivalent of about 6 pre-packaged mixes.
Chicken Gravy Mix
1 1/3 cups of instant non-fat dry milk powder
3/4 cup of flour
3 tablespoons of instant chicken bullion or granules
1/4 teaspoon of ground sage
1/8 teaspoon of ground thyme
1/8 teaspoon of ground pepper
Combine and stir with a wire whisk to blend.
Spoon into a 3 cup air-tight container and store in pantry.
Combine 1/2 cup of mix, 1 cup of water, and 1 1/2 tablespoon of butter in a saucepan.
Whisk constantly over medium heat until smooth and thick (2-3 minutes).
Another great staple to add to the pantry at the fraction of the cost! I hope this helps some of you as well. Remember to give your loved ones a hug!