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How to Make the Perfect Turkey Gravy

The art of gravy making can be a challenge. To produce a full flavored gravy, it is critical to cook the flour in about an equal portion of fat until the flour loses its raw taste. 

A common temptation to use too much flour, which decreases the flavor. Remember that gravy will continue to thicken after it has been removed from the heat. A good rule is to use between 1 and 2 tablespoons of flour for each cup of liquid and then give the mixture time to thicken.

The following chart lists several common gravy problems and ways to eliminate them.

 
GRAVY PROBLEMSGRAVY SOLUTIONS
Gravy is lumpy.With a whisk or rotary beater, beat the gravy until smooth. If all other attempts fail, use a food processor, strainer or blender. Reheat, stirring constantly; serve.
Gravy is too salty.If the oversalting is slight:

A. Add several raw potato slices and cook until the potato slices are translucent. Remove the slices prior to serving.

B. Add a few pinches of light brown sugar (only a few pinches, or gravy will become too sweet). 

If the oversalting is severe, the gravy must be repaired by increasing the quantity. Prepare another batch of gravy, omitting all salt. Blend the two batches together.

Gravy is too light in color.Add ˝ teaspoon of instant coffee.
Gravy is not thick.If time permits, allow the gravy to continue to simmer on the range top. If time does not allow, mix the following thickening agents as indicated:

A. Cornstarch - Blend 1 teaspoon per cup of liquid in cold water. Stir until dissolved then mix into gravy. Continue to cook and stir to eliminate the cornstarch flavor.

B. Paste of flour and cold water.

C. Arrowroot - Blend 1 tablespoon per cup of liquid in cold water. Stir until dissolved, then mix into gravy. Can be served as soon as the gravy thickens due to arrowroot’s lack of taste.

Note: Mixing starch with cold water before adding it to a hot mixture prevents lumping.
Gravy is too thick.Slowly whisk in more broth until the desired thickness is reached.
Gravy is greasy/fatty.For an immediate fix, the fat can be skimmed off the top or soaked up with a fresh bread slice. If more time allows, chill the gravy, skim off the fat and reheat the gravy until it bubbles.

See Also: Guilt-Free Turkey Gravy

Source: The National Turkey Federation

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