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    • Beef Gravy Mix

      Make your own beef gravy mix to have on hand for fast, easy, last minute preparation.

      You'll Need:

      • 1 1/3 cups instant nonfat milk powder
      • 3/4 cup instant flour (wondra)
      • 3 tablespoons instant beef bouillon granules
      • 1/8 teaspoon ground thyme
      • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
      • 1/8 teaspoon ground sage


      Combine all into a medium size bowl, mixing well. Divide into 4 small baggies (1/2 c. each) (or leave in a jar & label).

      You can use regular flour, but you will have to whisk really well to prevent any lumps in your gravy. If you use instant flour, you will have perfect gravy every time.

      Attach Tag for Directions to Use:
      Melt 2 T. Butter or margarine in a saucepan, add 1/2 c. gravy mix & 1 C. Water, whisking over med heat. Heat until smooth & thick, whisking constantly (2-3 minutes). If you want a darker "brown" gravy, add 1 tsp of Kitchen Bouquet.

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      Comments 12 Comments
      1. Marshula's Avatar
        Marshula -
        Could you use cornstarch instead of instant flour?
        What's instant flour?
      1. FreebieQueen's Avatar
        FreebieQueen -
        Quote Originally Posted by Marshula View Post
        Could you use cornstarch instead of instant flour?
        What's instant flour?

        Instant flour is a low-protein, finely-ground, granular type of flour that has gone through pregelatinization, a process that involves heating the flour with hot water or steam, then drying it out.It's meant to dissolve rapidly in liquid regardless of temperature, you might better know it as Wondra.
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        You cannot substitute cornstarch for instant flour. You could possibly substitute Wheat flour, but you'll need to be prepared to whisk the heck out of it while its cooking to remove the lumps.
      1. britsmom's Avatar
        britsmom -
        I was wondering if this saves any money versus buying by the package because dry milk is so expensive. Has anyone done a breakdown on it? thank you.
      1. FreebieQueen's Avatar
        FreebieQueen -
        Quote Originally Posted by britsmom View Post
        I was wondering if this saves any money versus buying by the package because dry milk is so expensive. Has anyone done a breakdown on it? thank you.
        a 26.5 oz box of Dry milk (Great Value Brand) is $5.29 - it contains 30 - 1/3 c. servings = .17 per 1/3c. so this recipe uses .53 worth of powdered milk.

        Total of the other ingredients is about .40- so for .92 you get 4 flavorful (non-sodium laden) gravy mixes. Or, for further breakdown, about .23 cents per gravy mix.

        Of course, if you buy ingredients in bulk or on sale this price is going to be lower.
      1. kcpickles's Avatar
        kcpickles -
        I made this gravey and the taste was great but the color isn't brown. I looks more like white gravey. Did I do something wrong?
      1. FreebieQueen's Avatar
        FreebieQueen -
        Quote Originally Posted by kcpickles View Post
        I made this gravey and the taste was great but the color isn't brown. I looks more like white gravey. Did I do something wrong?
        No, they use colorings to make gravy a dark brown, you can add a touch of bouquet the next time you make some and you'll achieve the rich brown color.
      1. Rays Stuff's Avatar
        Rays Stuff -
        Quote Originally Posted by Marshula View Post
        Could you use cornstarch instead of instant flour?
        What's instant flour?
        You can substitute corn starch for the flour but you would have to alter the recipe. 1 Tb cornstarch is the equivalent of 2 Tb flour which would ultimately alter the amount of mix needed for a batch of gravy.
      1. Rays Stuff's Avatar
        Rays Stuff -
        You could use Kitchen Bouquet or Browning Sauce to darken the gravy.
      1. JennC's Avatar
        JennC -
        Hi.....can you omit the milk powder.....and then when you make the gravy add milk instead of water?
      1. Shearon's Avatar
        Shearon -
        When I was little, I helped make gravy once with a relative. Last week my Mother in law made some crockpot Rosemary chicken, which always leave a LOT of juicy, flavorful broth. Not remembering exactly how it was done, all I remembered was that they added flour to some broth. So I did.. and because the broth was too warm (I guess) it clumped horribly. Mother in law suggested blending the flour with some liquid first, then adding it to the pan.. worked beautifully! It actually ended up a little soupier that I had intended because I didn't want to wait for the broth to cool down enough to use in her Magic Bullet and used water instead, but I took the resulting gravy, chopped in some of the leftover cooked carrots and shredded some of the leftover rosemary chicken, mixed it up and spooned it over some wavy noodles. We are now going to start fixing extra rosemary chicken just to make sure we have enough for leftovers, maybe add baked potatoes as a side.
      1. DEVeirs's Avatar
        DEVeirs -
        I can't find instant flour could I use cake flour?
      1. TStalinsky's Avatar
        TStalinsky -
        I found a recipe on food.com for a make your own instant flour! 1 C of all purpose flour combined with a 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch. Sift 3 times and then remove 3 T as the sifting will aerate the flour mixture.


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