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The Beginners Guide to Smooth Gravy

By Edited May 3, 2015 0 4

How To Fix Lumpy Gravy

Holiday meals always involve some type of gravy. Whether you like white gravy or brown gravy, you probably do not like lumpy gravy.  After all, if there is one thing that can ruin a plate of delicious holiday food, it is lumpy gravy.

While Preparing

Smooth Gravy
If you are making your sauce, you can make sure that you should take a few precautions.  One of the first precautions is to slowly add flour or broth to your gravy.  If you add a ton of flour, you will get lumps.  If you add broth too quickly the base of you will get lumps.  Also, you need to make sure that you keep stirring your your pot as you add ingredients.

A good way to avoid creating lumps is by combining your flour with liquid in a separate container and then adding that mixture to your pot. It is a trick that many cooks use to overcome this common problem.  If you add liquid to your gravy when it is lukewarm you can also reduce the chances of creating lumps.

After Preparing

So, you spend all of this time trying to get the gravy just right only to realize that your gravy still turned out lumpy.  What do you do?

Okay the course of action depends on the state of your mixutre.  By the time that you realize your gravy is lumpy you probably want to fix it with as little effort as possible.  So, follow the recommendations:

A Few Lumps

Get over it! Just kidding!  If there are only a few lumps, you should consider straining the gravy.  It is simple to do and it won’t take up a lot of time.  You can strain it with a colander or a small sieve.

A Ton of Lumps

Use your immersion blender or your regular lender to blend all the gravy together.  If you lose a regular blender make sure that it is not too full.  Do not spend too much time blending the gravy.  If you put it into a blender, only blend it for thirty seconds.  After you blend the gravy, reheat it in the pot.

Other Gravy Methods

If you want to make a nontraditional type of gravy, you can use different ingredients.  Some people avoid the lumpy gravy situation by using different flavorings for their gravy.  For instance, some people will add cream to their drippings and omit the flour or cornstarch.  

If you don’t have time to make homemade gravy, you might consider using your favorite type of soup as the foundation for your gravy.  For instance, if you want to make gravy for chicken, you can use cream of chicken soup that you dilute until it is the proper consistency.  This methos works on any type of gravy that you want to make.  Just make sure that you get the right amounts of soup and liquid before your big gathering.

Hopefully, these tips will help you produce gravy that is not lumpy.



Apr 10, 2012 3:39am
Thank you for these tips! Next time I cook my gravy will be smooth.
Apr 14, 2012 1:59pm
Good luck with your gravy!
Apr 30, 2012 5:44pm
I have always found making a paste with the flour, oxo and a tablespoon of dripping before adding boiling hot water to the pan keeps from gaining any lumps.
Apr 30, 2012 5:57pm
Good tip! Making a paste is a great way to avoid lumps.
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