Easy Homemade Beef Gravy

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Make your own beef gravy mix to have on hand for fast, easy, last minute preparation any time. This ready gravy mix needs only a bit of water to bring all the seasonings together in a rich, hearty gravy perfect for burgers, Salisbury steak, pot pies, mashed potatoes and more…

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Probably the most wonderful part of making homemade seasoning, sauce or gravy mixes is the ability to control the ingredients. If you happen to be following a lower sodium diet, simply choose a low sodium beef bouillon,

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 the ingredients into a medium size bowl, mixing well to ensure the ingredients are completely blended. Divide the mix evenly into 4 small baggies (1/2 c. each) (or leave in a jar & label).

note 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. Instant flour is a pregelatanized, low-protein flour that dissolves quickly and smoothly in liquids, regardless of temperature. Pregalatinization is simply a process in which the flour is heated with steam, then dried back out. The most common brand name of instant flour is Wondra.

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Melt 2 T. Butter or margarine in a saucepan, add 1/2 c. gravy mix 1 cup 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.

Free Printable Labels for Homemade Beef Gravy

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Free Printable Labels – Labels print 10 per sheet on 2″x4″ Address Labels (I use Avery #5963) Then Cut Each label into 1/4’s & apply:

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16 Comments

    • 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.

      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.

    • 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. 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.

    • 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.

  2. 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?

    • 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

    :stars:

  5. Has anyone been able to find the Granulated beef bouillon with msg at a reasonable price?

    sorry,
    i meant without msg or can i just wait and instead of adding water use my home canned beef stock/broth? i have severe reactions to msg

    • Has anyone been able to find the Granulated beef bouillon with msg at a reasonable price?

      sorry,
      i meant without msg or can i just wait and instead of adding water use my home canned beef stock/broth? i have severe reactions to msg

      have you looked at either natural food markets or online with amazon? you may get lucky there. your best bet would probably be whole foods, but i’m sure that if there’s a smaller natural foods store local to you you could either but or special order it through there.

      you could also ask your local grocery stores of they can special order for you if you really wanted it. i know fred meyer (kroeger, i think?) does special orders in their natural foods section, or at least they used to. it might be a little spendier but it also might be worth it in the long run?

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