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Making Lumpless Gravy or Sauces

Anytime we all make gravy, there's always the issue or thought of not wanting to have any lumps in it from the flour. For many years, it was just stir or whisk them away, but that's a lot of extra stirring, and sometimes there's still even lumps left.


This method takes 3-5 (seconds), and then you're *guaranteed* your gravy or sauces will come out "lump-less" every time!

The first picture is a little jar I use, and, any jar can be used. Actually, the bigger the jar, the easier it is to shake up. I just like this little one, because it doesn't take up any room in the cupboard.

Put in your water or milk, then add your flour and shake it for a few seconds.
I put in 2 heaping tsp, and it's such a cinch to mix.

In the last picture I'm showing how absolutely (smooth) the flour and water are that you're adding to thicken gravy. This took about 4 seconds to get the flour and water silky smooth.

I'm just pouring it into a bowl here after shaking it for 4 seconds for "demo" sake, as pouring the flour and water mix from the jar is what you'd pour into your pan with meat drippings or use for sauces to thicken them.

That's all there is to it, and you'll never have lumps again!

Source: My inspiration is my mom and her cooking


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March 23, 20190 found this helpful

Fabulous tip! Nothing bugs me more on my plate than lumps in my sauce :o Thumbs up!

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March 27, 20190 found this helpful

I'm so glad you like this tip. It works so well, you'll never stir or wisk again to have lump-less anything, :)

My mom, when I was a kid, use to "heat milk" as she thought that was the way to keep gravies and sauces smooth by adding flour to the heated liquid, but, later on told me she's got it, shake it in a jar, and that was the way, no lumps ever again. :)

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March 29, 20190 found this helpful

Do you brown the flour in the pan juices first? then pour in the jar of liquid?

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April 8, 20190 found this helpful

Hi (anonymous)

I want to answer your question here, which was :
Do you brown the flour in the pan juices first?


No need to do that.

Just put a tsp of flour into a jar with 1/4 cup of water, or 1/2 cup of water, and shake that up. What the shaking it in the jar first is for, is so that you can thicken your pan juices "without having any lumps" to stir out when it goes into your pan juices. Just add the flour and water mixture very slowly to your hot skillet juices, and as it thickens, you'll see whether you need 'more flour' or more water to make your gravy just right-which you can adjust that in the jar. I hope that makes sense. :)

The flour mixed with the water in the jar, then shaken, is to rid any flour lumps you'd get by just adding flour to your skillet, and is just to thicken what's in your skillet or pan.

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