My family and I are huge fans of gravy! We often make large batches to avoid fighting over the last drop. We double the amount whenever we have guests over, especially during Thanksgiving. However, with the limited time we have for that day, I realized it would be best to prepare it in advance. How can I store gravy for some time?
Gravy is an interesting addition to any meal – it uses the simplest ingredients but can transform an entire dish. It’s a good thing that freezing gravy will allow you to make some and keep it for later.
You can freeze gravy, as long as it is flour-based. Gravies that are made with cream or milk will not freeze well. You can opt to store cream- or milk-based gravy in the refrigerator, but this will only extend their shelf life for a couple of days.
Can You Freeze Gravy?
When you know beforehand that the gravy will be frozen, use small amounts of fat and milk. These ingredients will separate during defrosting, which will give the gravy a grainy texture.
Before freezing, you can opt to mix the gravy using a blender or a food processor. This will help reduce the chances of separation during the freezing process.
You can also freeze cooked meat with gravy. In fact, meat will freeze better because the gravy will prevent the meat from drying out. These meals can last up to 3 months in the freezer.
If you don’t want to store the gravy in the freezer, or you simply don’t have enough space, place it in the refrigerator and use it within two days. For best results, boil the gravy before serving.
Freeze the gravy in smaller portions for your convenience. This way, you can simply thaw out the desired amount without having to waste gravy.
Once defrosted, consume the gravy immediately. Do not refreeze the thawed gravy as this might cause changes in its quality.
How to Freeze Gravy?
Make your gravy last longer while retaining its unique flavor by freezing it. Follow these steps to be able to enjoy gravy with your future dishes.
- First, prepare the gravy as usual. If you’re preparing the gravy for a future event, make sure to use as little fat and milk content as possible.
- Once the gravy is completely cooled, place the container into an ice bath for at least 15 minutes. You can opt to store it inside the refrigerator in place of an ice bath.
- Transfer the gravy into a freezer-safe container. Seal the container tightly, ensuring that there is enough space for the gravy to expand.
- Label the container with the date of preparation and place it in the freezer. Gravy can be stored in the freezer for up to four months.
- To thaw, move the gravy into the refrigerator overnight. Serve the gravy as a sauce, a dip, or however the recipe calls for it.
How To Use Up Extra/Leftover Gravy?
Gravy is a delicious and flavorful addition to any meal. But what do you do when you have extra gravy? Here are five delicious ways to use up your leftover gravy:
- Use it as a soup base – Gravy makes a great soup base. Just add in some vegetables and chicken broth, and you’ll have a delicious and hearty soup in no time.
- Make a gravy dip – Add some shredded cheese and spices to your leftover gravy, and you’ve got a delicious dip for breadsticks or chips.
- Give your mashed potatoes a flavor boost – Tired of the same old mashed potatoes? Mix in some leftover gravy for a tasty twist on the classic dish.
- Create a savory omelet – Omelets are a great way to use up leftover gravy. Just add in some onions, peppers, and cheese, and you’ll have a delicious and satisfying meal.
- Use it as a sauce for pasta – Leftover gravy can also be used as a pasta sauce. Just add it to your favorite pasta dish for a flavorful and hearty meal.
So there you have it – five delicious ways to use up your leftover gravy. Next time you find yourself with extra gravy, try one of these recipes and enjoy!
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Yes, you can freeze gravy. Here is how to do it: After you have removed your meal from the heat source, allow the meal to cool down before freezing it. Make sure you get rid of all of the air while sealing tightly (freezer burn will occur if there is too much air). It may sound like a no-brainer but be sure to label and date! After that, place your sealed container in the freezer and enjoy your meal within 3-4 months.
What is your plan of freezing gravy? Share with me in the comment section below and I will be glad to check them out.