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      11.12.2012 19:40
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      Bring back the powder....please!!!!

      PRICE (per 170g tub): £1.10 at my local Sainsbury's

      NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION (per 50ml prepared portion):-

      Calories: 15
      Kj: 61
      Protein: 0.1g
      Carbohydrates: 2.2g
      - of which sugars: 0.5g
      Fat: 0.6g
      - of which saturates: 0.4g
      Fibre: Nil
      Sodium: 0.18g
      Salt equivalent: 0.46g

      INGREDIENTS:-

      Potato starch, maltodextrin, vegetable oil, salt, colour (E190c), wheat flour, sugar, flavourings, flavour enhancers (E621, E635), emulsifier (E322), soya, herbs, spice extracts, onion extract

      DIETARY/ALLERGY INFORMATION:-

      Suitable for vegetarians
      Contains gluten, wheat, soya and soya beans

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      Dashing around the supermarket recently, desperately trying to find an ordinary, everyday packet of old-fashioned Bisto powder, I was informed by a member of staff that manufacture of the product has ceased. Not being a lover of other types of gravy mix, I was forced to buy a tub of Bisto Gravy Granules instead.

      The tub has a very similar design to the old Bisto packets, dark brown, with a picture of a gravy boat containing a steaming serving of the product, and the very recognisable "Aah! Bisto" logo. The back of the tub shows nutritional information, ingredients, dietary/allergy advice, the manufacturer's contact details, recycling information and instructions on use.

      On opening the brown plastic lid, there is a sealed foil cover which needs to be peeled off. The granules inside are a sad, faded chocolate brown colour, bearing a strong resemblance to hamster droppings!!! Immediately this put me off, and I couldn't detect any nice beefy smell that the now seemingly obsolete powder used to delight my nostrils with.

      The first time I used these granules, I followed the instructions on the back of the tub, only to find that the result was a horrible, gluey/gloopy mess which had little or no flavour....a far cry from the rich, tasty, smooth gravy which I always used to make with the powder. I usually add a vegetarian stock cube to my gravy whenever I make it, particularly for adding a bit of punch to stews and casseroles, but on this occasion such made little or no difference. The result was so awful, that I poured the made-up gravy down the sink, preferring to eat my dinner without rather than ruin it by the addition of what smelled and tasted worse than well-used dishwater.

      I also found whilst mixing the gravy (according to the manufacturer's instructions), the very stubborn granules were difficult to dissolve and I had to keep pounding them with a wooden spoon in an attempt to get them to actually turn into gravy!

      Since that disastrous initiation with Bisto Gravy Granules, I have devised a method of making them taste OK (by adding various little things for flavour, such as a pinch of curry powder and a couple of tiny drops of soy sauce), but the result is still not a patch on the original Bisto powder product. By having to add these things to try and make the gravy made with the granules taste even remotely acceptable, it defeats the object of them supposedly being easy to use in the first place. I didn't find them at all easy, largely because of the granules refusing to completely dissolve, and the extra effort I make in order to produce a halfway decent gravy from this product, simply isn't worth the effort.

      If I manage to find a little shop somewhere that still sells Bisto gravy powder, I shall stockpile and hope it lasts me a lifetime, as I certainly don't want to continue using the granules. I'd rather eat all my food without gravy, and when it comes to things like stews and casseroles, try to experiment with other brands in the hopes that I'll find one I like.

      Bisto Gravy Granules is a real no-no product for me, and I honestly can't understand how people love it or how on earth it managed to pass the taste test which I assume the manufacturer's quality control department carries out before deciding it to be fit for human consumption.

      In summary, this I feel is definitely one to avoid, although it seems I'm in the minority in my opinion.

      Thanks for reading!

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        09.07.2012 11:31
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        ~~Bisto Favourite Gravy Granules~~

        "The Nation's favourite gravy is certainly my favourite gravy too, being a Northern lass there is never a week that goes by where I don't have gravy, whether it be with a traditional Sunday roast, with pie chips and peas, or a simple snack of chips and gravy. It is therefore important to me to have good gravy to accompany my northern food delights! If I do not have time to make homemade gravy then I find this is definitely the next best thing, I have tried a variety of gravy granules which are available at the local supermarket and there are some good products on today's market, however Bisto is by far the best!

        ~~The Packaging~~

        This Bisto product comes in a red cardboard tube with a matching red lid, which displays the iconic Bisto branding and the typical nutritional value chart, ingredients list, contact details and allergy advice (not suitable for people with wheat, gluten and soya allergies). There is also a little cooking tip on each one, such as "Why not stir in a little cream and some cracked black pepper in the finished gravy, to make a delicious sauce for steak or chicken". It also gives you the recommend amount of gravy granules to use to a certain amount of water.

        ~~Ease of use~~

        This product is extremely easy to make, all you have to do is put the recommended 4 heaped 5ml spoonful's into a measuring jug and add 280ml of boiling hot water and stir until all the granules have dissolved, I tend to use a bit more gravy granules as I like thick gravy, however, you can add as much or as little as you prefer to make it to your individual taste. This is why this product is much better than premade gravy as you are able to adapt it to suit your individual taste.

        ~~Nutritional value~~

        Per 50ml portion:
        Calories 15: which is less than 1% of an adult recommended daily amount I think this is quite reasonable for a gravy product.
        Sugars 0.5g: less than 1% of an adult's RDA again this is pretty reasonable.
        Fat: 0.6g: again less than 1% of an adult's RDA, I think this is brilliant in comparison to homemade gravy where fat from the joint is the main ingredient.
        Saturates: 0.4 grams: 2% of an adult's RDA.
        Salt: 0.48grams: 8% of an adult's RDA I think this is slightly high but salt is always quite high in gravy products, I would therefore suggest that you refrain from adding additional salt to the meal, from the taste of the gravy you won't need to anyway.

        ~~Taste~~

        The taste of the product is definitely its selling point, for an instant gravy it taste fresh, meaty and has all the qualities in which you would expect from a good quality gravy from a rich flavour and taste to the traditional brown colour and consistency.

        ~~Price (09/07/12)~~

        Ocado £1.06
        Asda £1.15
        Waitrose £1.15
        Tesco £1.15
        Sainsbury's £1.15

        ~~Would I recommend this product?~~

        Absolutely, it should be a product found in every British kitchen!

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        05.05.2012 03:04
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        Not a gravy substitute but a gravy enhancer.

        I am a firm believer that gravy should be proper home made gravy and making gravy entirely from granules is never very satisfactory. However, i do use granules (and powder and cubes!) to add to the homemade gravy to add to the flavour and I think when done in this way it improves the overall taste and consistency. One product that I will often add is Bisto Gravy Granules, particularly the chicken flavour and the onion gravy flavour. A 170g tub of the granules currently costs 75p from Tesco, which I feel is a really good price because the granules last absolutely ages, especially if using them in the way that I do.

        The granules come in a cardboard jar that has a plastic lift odd lid and the packaging keeps the granules dry and the flavour contained. Full instructions are given on the packaging, which are easy to follow. The instructions on the packaging say to add 20ml (4 teaspoons) of the granules to half a pint of boiling water - and thats the gravy completed. However, when I did attempt to make the gravy in this way I wasn't very impressed by the flavour just felt it tasted a little gloopy and bland.

        However, what I tend to do is to use meat juices with some vegetable water and then I was sprinkle about 15g of the granules into the meat juices and vegetable water and I find this improves the richness of the flavour and also thickens the gravy to a really nice consistency. The granules dissolve really well and as long as I stir the gravy regularly as it is heating up, then I never get any lumps in the gravy.

        I do like this product and will continue to use it.

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        17.06.2011 12:19
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        Quick & Easy Gravy

        One of the things I love about food are the accompaniments, I rarely have eat anything that is dry - always adding a sauce, condiment or gravy.
        When I have gravy I like lots of it! I do make gravy from scratch using meat juices, and find it fairly easy to make a roux.
        As my partner is vege, I have undoubtedly cut down on the number of roast and meat dishes that I have cooked in the last year or so (It's something of a pain preparing two similar but different meals!) and it has also left me somewhat lazy in the gravy making department - hence turning to Bisto!

        Bisto Gravy Granules are widely sold in most supermarkets and are packaged in a brown coloured cardboard tub with a plastic lid. Once the lid is removed there is a stay fresh safety seal that needs to be pulled back and discarded.
        The fine very pale brown coloured granules within don't give off much of an aroma, there is a faint smell of what I would liken to beef crisps.

        I would ordinarily have a tub of Bisto in the cupboard as I find that when added to a roux it makes the gravy go further, as long as not too much is added to the mixture it doesn't over power the flavour of the meat juices. Instructions for use on the tub don't mention using it in this way but advise adding four heaped tea spoons of the granules to 280ml of boiling water whilst stirring. The thickness of the mixture may be adjusted by adding more granules.

        By following the instructions above a nice smooth gravy can be achieved. Of course it cannot compare to home made gravy but it is a quick and easy alternative. It tastes good, not overly beefy tasting - I find it similar to gravy bought from the chip shop - cheap and cheerful. As long as you are not expecting too much, you won't be disappointed.

        It's not very often that I use the gravy in this way - occasionally if I have a meat and potato pie but then I also add vinegar and red/brown sauce! I don't like the gravy too thick.
        Where I think Bisto comes in to it's own is it's unexpected addition to vegetarian cooking!

        Surprisingly, Bisto is suitable for vegetarians. Therefore it can be added to Quorn sausage and chips etc but it can also be using when making meat substitute shepherds pie, bolognese and chilli. It really improves the taste of the dishes - much more meaty, more like the real thing!

        50ml is regarded as one serving. Nutritional amounts are as follows.

        Energy 15kcal
        Protein 0.1g
        Carbohydrate 2.3g
        of which sugars 0.5g
        Fat 0.6g
        of which saturates 0.4g
        Fibre - trace
        Sodium 0.21g
        Salt equivalent 0.53g

        Bisto is currently on sale at Tesco for 98p for 170g or £1.65 for 300g. I have found that there are frequent offers - two fro £1.50 and usually stock up as I use it in abundance.

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          28.03.2011 14:29
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          This really is a must have to make any nice gravy, ok I do not like bisto on it's own, that maybe just be. but if I have no oxo in my gravy it just does not taste the same.

          How to make
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          first you need to have a jug, or a cup as I have had to use once or twice, boil the kettle, and break up an oxo into the jug, I also usually add a little pepper in which spices up the gravy a little, although this will not be to everyone's taste. Add the amount of water you think you will need. Then slowly pour in some bisto, mix well, and add more to depend on how thick you like your gravy. Each persons measurement will be different as some people like thick gravy and others like watery gravy. Make sure you mix well to ensure all the lumps are out, sometimes you have to mix more than other times, as it can be hard to get rid of the lumps.

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          This comes in a red tub, the sizes of the tub can vary I usually buy the 360g tub. The tub is pretty basic, and tells you how to make, the ingredients, and a few minor other things. The lid is also red and just flips off, on the first time you flick the lid off, you have paper covering the top of the tub to ensure no one has messed with it, this is easy to peel off and remove. And the lid is easy to take off and replace.

          Ingredients
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          Potato starch, maltodextrin, vegetable oils, salt, colour (E150c), flavourings (contains celery, soya, wheat), wheat flour, flavour enhancers (E621, E635), emulsifier (E322), (soya), spice and herb extracts, onion extract.

          For each 50ml serving it contains 15 calories.

          Price
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          I always buy mine from Iceland and for a 360g tub it costs just £1, I have never seen it anywhere else, as cheap but I have seen it cost more so prices can vary.

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          I think that if you like gravy this is a must have, as soon as you open the tub you get a lovely smell of the granules. And an even stronger more delicious smell once you have made your gravy. I eat gravy with most of my meals, and always have a good few tubs of this in my cupboard.

          You can use bisto for basically anything, stews, casseroles, or just made in a jug for any meal type. I think each person will vary on how they like their gravy and even if they do like it. But I have tried cheaper brands of gravy granules, and always come back to bisto. Its easy to make and the lumps always dissolve, although sometimes you may have to mix it a little longer.

          I do find that the gravy does taste nicer with pepper in, as it does give it a little tang to its taste, but it does taste just as nice without pepper. I also like to cook this in a pan with onions and mushrooms in. But you can experiment with this and try to add ingredients that may get it more to your liking. But I will say without oxo in it does seem to taste a little blander, but its like you cant use oxo on its own either as then the gravy is more watery. So I would think of this as more of a gravy thickener, that you can't make gravy without.

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            24.10.2010 17:53

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            I love bisto gravy, its one of the only gravy that's vegetarian without having to get specialist ones, vegetable ones or onion ones, cant beat this. Its yummy with roast potatoes, quorn sausages, I even add some to vegetarian meals like home-made quorn spaghetti bolognese or shepherd's pie as I think it's a good thickener that gives a real meaty taste. The rest of my family add the juices from a sunday roast and for a twist.I find Bisto quite salty and also very pricey but I'm willing to forgive it for the taste.

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            07.08.2010 17:42
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            the nation's and my favourite

            I am a gravy girl....I'm sorry but you cannot have roasties, mash and veg without a huge helping of gravy to add flavour to your meal and to make it the perfect meal!!

            I don't do a lot of cooking...now don't get jealous ladies but my fella does the majority of the cooking, well every day apart from Saturdays and then I cook, so you can say I'm really not a master in the kitchen and when I do occasionally cook it's just pot luck that my meals end up being edible.

            Bisto is the gravy we buy and use and even when I cook it's easy enough to make up a jug of hot delicious gravy with Bisto gravy granules. All you need to do is add 4 heaped teaspoons of the granules into a measuring jug and add boiling water up to the half pint measure stirring as you add the water. And if you want thicker gravy just add more granules, a little at a time, till you get the gravy how you want it. You can also add the juices from your roast you have made instead of half a pint of water....just add the juices and fill with boiling water till it hits the half pint measure. Bisto can also be used to add to stews and casseroles to give that extra meaty flavour.

            The granules come in a red thick cardboard tube with a red plastic lid that pulls off. As you open the lid you can straight away smell the meatiness!! The granules are brown and quite fine, they're not big thick granules, so I think this helps when making up the gravy to get the right texture and consistency. The tube has the brand name of the front and states that it is the nation's favourite gravy!! On the back of the tube it tells you the calorie information: made up as instructed there are 15 calories and 0.4 grams of saturated fat. It also gives you full instuctions on how to make up the gravy, how to store the product and a full list of ingredients.

            I really like the taste of Bisto gravy. It has a very smooth and meaty taste. It is easy to mix and I don't find it goes lumpy as some other gravy granules can. It is easy to make even for those of us who aren't experts in the kitchen. You can buy the gravy in different size tubes. We usually buy a 300g tube which lasts us a fair while. Bisto also do alternative gravies in different flavours. You'll be able to get a chicken gravy, onion gravy, turkey and even vegetable dishes.

            There is always a jug of this at our dining table with our roast dinners!!

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            28.06.2010 10:50
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            Lovely gravy

            I always use this gravy, and probably use it at least twice a week. I have tried cheaper gravy's but I have found that these are not of such a high quality as they often turn out lumpy and they do not taste the same!

            Bisto granules come in various types. For example they do these original favourite granules, turkey granules, chicken granules and vegetarian granules.

            The granules are a good price, for example currently 170g of granules costs 87p from Tesco. A tub this size lasts us around a month using it for 2 people at least twice a week. Obviously shops own brands are far cheaper but I think these granules are far superior and are definitely worth shelling out a little extra for!

            Mixing up the granules is easy, you simply spoon the granules into a jug and add boiling water. You then mix the granules with the water until smooth. You can add more granules if you prefer thicker gravy or add more water if you prefer it thinner. However, I think the ratios they give on the packet are just about right for the perfect gravy.

            The gravy smells absolutely lovely and makes me very hungry when I smell it! It is the perfect addition to a number of meals including a roast, sausage and mash and shepherds pie. It mixes well with a number of meats including chicken and turkey and I also use it in vegetarian dishes (this gravy is vegetarian).

            The gravy is a lovely deep brown in colour and tastes lovely. I'm not sure how to really describe the taste but it is rich and thick and leaves a lovely taste in the mouth. It moistens the meal and gives it a very nice texture.

            A serving contains 15 calories, 1g sugar, 1g fat, 1g saturates and 0.5g salt. Now this is quite high in salt really but it doesnt taste at all salty.

            I love this gravy and its the only brand I will buy. It is of a great quality and tastes really nice. Recommended.

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            07.06.2010 08:00
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            Easy to use granules that you simply add boiling water

            Whilst nothing beats home-made gravy and I like to make my gravy from scratch, particularly on a Sunday, I always keep gravy granules in my kitchen cupboard for emergencies.

            I've tried so many brands and have totally disliked them, particularly as they gave me that disgusting greasy build-up on the roof of my mouth. The next best thing to gravy in my opinion, has to be Bisto.

            For those of you who are old enough, you will remember the famous Bisto kids created by cartoonist, Wilf Owen. The kids were widely used in Bisto's television advertising and always had their noses in the air, which allowed them to sniff and follow the aroma of the delicious gravy.

            Bisto Gravy Granules are contained within a distinctive deep red rigid cardboard drum. The logo of Bisto is located through the centre and is always underlined with steam created by the gravy and the words "aah!" situated above.

            In the top left hand corner we see an image of a gorgeous looking roast dinner consisting of beef and Yorkshire puddings and there is a blue circle located in the upper right hand corner stating "Nation's Favourite Gravy".

            The granules are dispenses via a plastic pull off lid, which covers the whole of the upper drum. The granules resemble that of the tiny chocolate sugar strands used for cake making. They smell considerably strong and somewhat meaty.

            Unfortunately, I sometimes find the plastic lids are not very airtight and easily fall off if you knock the container over in the cupboard, so I tend to pour the granules into an empty jam jar. The granules should be stored in a cool, dry place away from heat and sunlight to ensure freshness.

            The directions for use are that you should use four heaped 5ml teaspoons of granules per half pint of boiling water, but I tend to use a little more as I find this makes the gravy a little too bland for me. The granules dissolve very quickly and the gravy becomes richer and thicker the more you add.

            As for the taste - as I previously stated, in my opinion nothing beats home-made gravy prepared with meat juices, but these granules are a great alternative and are convenient and very easy to use. The texture of the gravy is smooth enabling it to pour easily and the taste is extremely rich and meaty with no greasy residue on the roof of your mouth!

            I tend to use granules if I'm making a stew when I use the left over meat from a Sunday and sometimes don't have enough real gravy. It's simply perfect and adds full flavour to your meal.

            There is a yellow banner on the reverse of the container stating that the granules contain celery, soya and wheat. The cardboard container can be recycled once empty.

            The nutritional information in respect of a 50ml serving is, as follows:-

            Energy 63kJ, 15kcal
            Protein 0.1g
            Carbohydrates 2.3g
            Of which sugars 0.5g
            Fat 0.6g
            Of which saturates 0.4g
            Fibre Trace
            Sodium 0.21g

            I was somewhat surprised when typing out the nutritional values as I never realised these granules were so low in fat and it clearly makes this product much healthier than home-made gravy!

            Bisto Gravy Granules can be purchased in most supermarkets in numerous sizes and I've checked Tesco website for up to date prices. As of 7 June 2010 they are, as follows:-

            170g drum for 87p and a 500g drum for £2.57.

            Whilst in my opinion, these granules are not a substitute for the real thing, they're perfect for when you're in a hurry and I give them 4 out of 5 dooyoo stars.

            I hope you found my review useful and would thank you for reading.

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              12.04.2010 10:57
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              Perfect for sunday dinners for both vegeys and meat eaters

              I love grvy as much as the next person but I am certainly not confident enough in the kitchen to whip up my own from scratch. Similarly there are those days when I randomly want comfort food like chips and gravy, but being vegetarian I cna't also buy some from the local take away, so having Bisto at hand is always a winner.

              Bisto is so quick and handy to use. A few spoons fulls and some boiling water, mix up and there you have it, fine tasting gravy. It's vegetarian friendly which is great for me as when I'm having big sunday dinners for my vegey and meat eating family members I can just make one gravy for everyone. No faffing around, no trying to remember which jug is the meat gravy and which isn't. Everyone can share and enjoy the great taste.

              Thats the other great thing, it tastes like real gravy should. You can mix it to the perfect consistency and it has a real meaty gravy taste without the meat! I often have freidns refusing my vegetarian gravy because they want the real meaty Bisto, only to be shocked when I tell them that there beloved Bisto is vegetarian gravy!

              I buy a huge 330g tub from Iceland for £1 or often the 500g tub is in Hone Bargains for £1 depending on what stock they have in, but the usually sell it. The lid is plastic and tub is cardboard so both can be recyled afterwards. There is a foil seal which keeps the gravy fresh until you buy it and open it.I find the plastic lid is sufficently air tight to keep the gravy fresh.

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              A great product to always have in your kitchen cupboard!

              I always have a tub of bisto gravy granules in the cupboard. I love gravy with everything! I have it with sausages, burgers, shephards pie, roast dinners etc. It is a lovely addition to a meal, as i dont like my meals to be dry!

              I bought this tub of bisto gravy granules in asda last week on offer. I got the 360g tub for £1! This is not the size tub shown in the picture - this is a 170g tub which were about 88p. So i thought for double the amount i might as well spend another 12p! It is handy to have a huge tub anyway, we use it with nearly every meal.

              When you open the tub, you get a very strong smell of beef, which is lovely.

              To make this gravy, all you need to do is put 4 heaped teaspoons of gravy granules into a measuring jug and add 280ml of boiling water. Just stir the gravy and it is ready to serve!

              I prefer my gravy quite thin, but not too thin. These instructions make the gravy just right for me. However if you like your gravy thicker you can just add more gravy granules to the jug and keep stirring to thicken. Use less gravy granules if you like your gravy very thin.

              When you pour the boiling water into the jug of granules, it dissolves very quickly and easily. I find if i then sometimes want it a little bit thicker, and add more gravy granules they can be harder to mix in and sometimes dont dissolve. Sometimes the granules are stuck together in big clumps in the tub, but i dont find any problem with this when you add boiling water, it dissolves just as well.

              I have used supermarkets own brand gravy granules as i am all for saving money on my shopping bill, however they do not dissolve very well at all, you always have lumpy gravy! So i think it is deffinately worth spending a bit extra for Bisto!

              I have never made gravy myself from scratch so i dont know if this stuff is as good as the real thing! But when it tastes so nice and is so easy to make, why bother making it from scratch!

              I also add bisto gravy granules to my corned beef hash, as it makes the meal so much tastier and thickens it up a bit.

              The tub suggests a few different things you could do with these gravy granules such as, adding the granules to stir frys, casseroles and stews. I dont eat any of these meals so i have not tried this.

              Bisto also do this product with a reduced salt content. In the original gravy granules there are 0.59g of salt in each 50ml serving. There are only 15 calories per 50ml serving too so i dont tend to bother buying the healthier option, i have never tried it so i cant comment on whether the taste is any different!

              You need to store your Bisto gravy granules in a cool dry place, away from direct sunlight.

              Overall, i love this product and would highly recommend it over cheaper brands!

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                A useful storecupboard ingredient

                Now I know that I should make gravy from scratch - using the meat juices from the pan and so on - but lets be honest, most of us can't make a nice gravy this way or don't have the time to always cook from scratch. enter the Bisto gravy granules. In two different sizes, this red cardboard tube topped with a plastic lid to keep the contents fresh is a storecupboard essential and a life saver.

                To make simply put four heaped teaspoons of granules into a jug and then make up to half a pint stirring all the time. I also use the granules in casseroles and stews to thicken up the gravy. The granules contain a number of ingredients such as potato starch and soya. Suprisingly, however, there is no mention of meat so I would guess that the gravy may suit a vegetarian.

                All I can say is that the gravy is delicious and, cooking for one as I often do, the recipe is highly adaptable. The granules mix smoothly and leave no lumps without leaving that slightly false chemical stain to the garvy boat. The smell is exactly what you would expect to experience from real garvy - get the taste of roast dinner every day!

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                  19.02.2010 17:18
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                  Bisto Gravy Granules - Quite and convenient way to make great gravy.

                  Bisto is another one of those products that brings back happy, childhood memories. There was always a tub of this to be found in my mum's kitchen cupboard. I kept using it over the years until I began vegetarian and stopped because at the time, I believe it had real beef in it (maybe that was my imagination). I then moved onto the onion one instead. I have since found that the original Bisto is suitable for vegetarians and I have once again started to purchase it.

                  Bisto's 'Favourite' gravy granules come in a red cardboard tub, which has a paper seal and a tight fitting, plastic lid. The first thing you notice when you peel back the paper, is the mouth watering smell of beef (I may be a vegetarian, but I still like the smell of beef!) It always surprises me how a meat free product can smell so meaty!

                  I never measure out my granules. The first thing I do is pour the amount of boiling water I need into a jug. I then start pouring granules into the water, mixing as I go. When I get it to the thickness I wish, I simply stop pouring. The granules are tiny and as long as you keep stirring, you can get a nice thick gravy with no lumps in it.

                  Bisto gravy does taste surprisingly meaty and makes a great addition to your main meal. As well as using it to pour over my chicken style and beef style Quorn, I use it to cook my Quorn mince in too. I am a great fan of mince and potatoes (or mince and tatties, where I come from).
                  I always find a meal containing gravy quite comforting and it's especially nice on a cold winter's evening.

                  *Ingredients*

                  Potato Starch, Maltodextrin, Vegetable Oil, Colour (E150c), Flavourings (contain Celery, Soya, Wheat), Wheatflour, Flavour Enhancers (E621, E635), Emulsifier (E322) (Soya), Spice & Herb Extracts, Onion Extract.

                  This product contains celery, soya and wheat and is suitable for vegetarians.

                  *Nutritional Value Per 50ml Serving Made Up*

                  Calories - 15
                  Protein - 0.1g
                  Carbohydrate - 2.3g
                  of which sugars - 0.5g
                  Fat - 0.6g
                  of which saturates - 0.4g
                  Fibre - Trace
                  Sodium - 0.21g
                  Salt Equivalent - 0.5g

                  Bisto Favourite Gravy Granules can be found in Tesco in the following sizes:

                  170g - 80p (on special until 28th February for 58p)
                  300g - £1.74
                  500g - £2.64

                  I love Bisto gravy granules as much today, as I did when I was a child. It is convenient to use, tastes great and makes a welcome addition to a warming meal.

                  What more could anyone ask for?

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                  29.01.2010 14:19
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                  The best gravy I have used.

                  Bisto Gravy is a great product. It is simple to make, just simply put four heaped 5ml spoonfuls of granules into a measuring jug and add half a pint of boiling water. To make this thicker add more gravy granules and to make it thinner and more water. You can also use the water that you have boiled your vegetables in ass this adds nutrients to the gravy that would not be obtained from tap water alone. Bisto recommends that you can also add juices from your roast as a tasty alternative but I have yet to try this method.

                  As this product does not contain any meat produce it is suitable for vegetarians and can be used to cook quorn meat in for your roast. It comes in a circular container that comes in recyclable materials. You get 170 grams per pot.

                  Overall this is a fantastic products that I used with roast dinners, casseroles, pies and can also be added to bolognese to give it that ahhhh bisto taste.

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                  18.12.2009 12:38
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                  A nice and simple to make gravy

                  I always feel slightly ashamed when I use instant gravy granules, especially after years of watching my mother and grandmother doing it the traditional way with the meat juices and stock. But I always try and justify it by saying that I have more on my plate than they used to...they'd kill me if they read that, but I find it so hard to find the time to make gravy from scratch when I have to work, study, look after the children, do the same old mundane house chores over an over again daily and happily greet my husband as he returns from work who gets off lightly in comparison!

                  So, yes..I use bisto! I have tried various supermarket own brands but have found that they can't match the quality and taste of Bisto. There are many varieties available, I have also tried the Chicken variety but find it lacks real flavour and the 'Favourite' variety has always been my preferred choice.

                  Price and Availibilty
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                  You'll find Bisto gravy granules everywere, it's probably the nations favourite brand and as such is sold in all large supermarkets and smaller stores like co-op and spar. Tesco currently sell 500g for £2.64. You sometimes see it on offer too. Compared to other brands, it certainly isnt the cheapest, with Tesco selling 500g of their own lable gravy granules for £1. This is a considerable difference.

                  What's it like?
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                  It's quick and simple to make, just add 4 heaped teaspoons to a measuring jug and top up to 280ml with boiling water, stirring all the while. If you like a thicker gravy add more granules, a thinner gravy add more water.

                  Following the instructions, it produces a nice thick, rich, smooth gravy, it has a definite meaty flavour and a strong, dark brown colour. Let's be honest though, it doesn't smell or taste as good as homemade gravy, but it is the best instant gravy that I have found after trying a few different brands.

                  To make a better gravy, I'd suggest adding the meat juices if cooking a roast, and the description on the back of the packaging suggests trying a pinch of herbs - although it doesn't suggest which ones!

                  Something I do, if I'm making gravy to serve with sausages and mash, is to slice up an onion and fry until brown, make up some gravy and add to the pan for a minute or two to make an onion gravy.

                  You can also add Bisto gravy granules to casseroles an stews, the packaging suggests adding it to stir-fries too.

                  A 50ml serving contains: 15calories, 0.6g fat

                  Happy Cooking x

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