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Thanksgiving Troubleshooting Tips: Turkey Gravy Too Thin

Help! My Turkey Gravy's Too Thin

The holidays are supposed to be a relaxing time spent with family, but there's nothing relaxing about ruining a dinner that you've toiled over for hours or days. So to help you out during the season, we bring you our new Thanksgiving Troubleshooting column.

One of the biggest turkey day blunders is gravy — probably due to the fact that it isn't exactly regular meal rotation. If your gravy's runnier than water, begin by simmering the sauce over medium-high heat, stirring it frequently with the lid off in an effort to reduce the water content.

If you don't see results within 10 minutes, whisk in a couple tablespoons of roux of equal parts flour and water, continually stirring over medium heat to cook off any starchy flavors. Worried about a last-minute disaster? Then try a recipe for make-ahead gravy — or, if all else fails, there's always cranberry sauce as a condiment.


Worried that your turkey's too dry? Gravy's too lumpy? Bread doesn't rise? Then write us in the YumSugar Community to get that problem solved!

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xxstardust xxstardust 6 years
For anyone who is used to using flour as a thickener and is trying corn starch for the first time - as a rule of thumb you use about half the amount of corn starch that you would flour. So if you're using 2 tbsp flour, use 1 tbsp corn starch. Corn starch gives a much silkier texture to gravies/sauces, so I definitely recommend using it over flour - but if you're used to flour no one wants to end up with cement instead of gravy while everyone's waiting to eat on Thanksgiving day!
Food Food 6 years
That's a great idea -- I do that, too, to thicken up not just gravies but also stir-fries.
limelindsey limelindsey 6 years
Good call, Ladyseven. That's exactly what I was going to suggest!
Ladyseven Ladyseven 6 years
A couple tsp of corn starch, dissolved in a bit of tepid water (I use a shot glass of the mix/2 cups gravy, for size reference) and then stir into the sauce, over medium high for a minute or two, then down to simmer for a little longer.
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