Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Brown Gravy Mix

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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.

To Use:

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.

To Use:

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!

17 comments:

  1. Oh wow, thank you! I use them also once in a while but hate the cost. Coffee? Who'da thunk! I'll try it today & thank you for the link to the site

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    1. You're very welcome Katie! I hated the cost too. :0)

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  2. Hmmmm ... sounds simple enough for even me to make! Thanx Debbie

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  3. It's always a shame to have to buy those mixes.I've master the art of milk gravy and a few others.I've never been a "brown gravy"person but make mine from a package of already mixed.During Thanksgiving I buy the jar turkey gravy LOL.I know shameful.

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    1. LOL Oh Ann buying the jarred gravy has happened around here a time or too as well. No shame at all!

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  4. Oh, hey. That's perfect! Thanks for sharing! I use lots of gravy mixes too as it is quick and easy to add to many dishes.

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    1. You are welcome Becky and thanks for stopping by! :0)

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  5. Debbie......when I first saw the pictures on your post I thought I need to give her the recipes to make this stuff. You see I go to http://www.ourcountryhavenforum.com all the time.

    We would love to have you join us and share some of your homesteading ideas.

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    1. Thanks Kim. Yes, I have been checking the site out and need to sign up soon. It looks like a great site! Thank you for the invitation. :0)

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  6. Yum! Would love it if you linked up on my blog hop www.w-t-fab.com/search/label/bloghop. Also let me know if you'd like to follow each other!

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  7. I just wanted to comment that I tried this tonight and it was REALLY good! A perfect substitute for the mix. I was skeptical because it is still such a white mix (because of all of the cornstarch) but after cooking for probably longer than I should have, it turned a beautiful dark golden brown. Thank you so much for the recipe!

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  8. I'm really excited to try this ~ and for me it's not only the cost of those packets, but also the MSG. Nobody eats gravy every night, but this will come in so handy for those nights when you do :) Thank you! Do you think to make an onion gravy mix, it'd work if I leave out the beef bouillon and coffee and add minced dried onion flakes?

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  9. I tried this tonight and it was OK but a tad bit floury tasting. Also I left out the butter because adding 200 calories of fat to one cup of gravy seemed a bit much. The store bought stuff is only 20 cal per serving and I know there are all those chemicals in that but how is all that fat any better for you?

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  11. Is the coffee really necessary

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Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment! I love reading all of them. Have a wonderful day.

Debbie

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