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This has got to be one of the worst things I ever wasted my money on. It is nothing like the Bisto I remember from 30 years ago. There is nothing in it but onion powder and it is putrid with salt, not to mention the fact it is extremely difficult to make up!No matter how carefully you mix it it comes out lumpy and unless you are adding it to a real gravy it has an extremely yukky and artificial tast.If I could get my money back I would take it back to the shop. It is nothing but mass produced rubbish. The supermarket own brands of gravy granules are vastly superior to this muck at a fraction of the price!
We had this for sunday lunch yesterday and thought I would write of my disappointment.
I usually buy Tesco's own brand gravy powder but I'm not sure if they don't sell it anymore or it was just out of stock but I had no alternative so purchased this.
I found that it went lumpy really easily even though I made it up according to the instructions on the packet. You need to make sure that you keep stirring and stirring - and then while I left it to keep warm whilst serving up it had a really yucky skin on top so I ended up sieving the whole thing before I could even serve it!!
I found that even though it wasn't thin it really looked as though it was as it was really translucent - I could see the pattern of my plates through it!!!
The taste was OK but nothing really specially. I expected much more from a household name such as Bisto! I don't think I will be buying another packet - even if the Teso's version isn't available I think I'll put up with the extra expense of the instant gravy granules
There is no doubt in my mind that Bisto gravy tastes better than other brands. My parents always used the Bisto Powder and I assumed this was the best one. However, I was introduced to the granules and they are far easier but taste just as good. So I will never go back to powder.
The real downside to Bisto Gravy Powder is that it can go lumpy very easily. You must stir it continually over heat and not even look away for a second or it can go lumpy and sometimes stick to the bottom of the pan. You need to add just the right amount of water to the powder. 280ml of water to 4 teaspoons of gravy powder makes enough gravy for 4 people.
With the granules, you can add boiling water so it is much quicker and it does not go lumpy, as the granules dissolve. So you just add more water or more granules if the consistency is not to your taste.
The gravy powder does make a thicker and richer and more substantial gravy than the granules but in terms of flavour they are pretty equal.
Bisto Gravy Powder costs about £1.50 for 454 grams. It is a bit cheaper than using granules but you cannot put a price on convenience!
At school we had to make gravy the 'proper' way & I never succeeded in making a good one as it was always too greasy & the wrong consistency - so I gave up!
My Mum made the best ever gravy but she kept us all out of the kitchen when she was making it so goodness knows what was in it!
The family love gravy but I only really make it when we're having a chicken or lamb roast and, of course at Christmas ( I can't imagine Christmas dinner without gravy - it would be rather dry wouldn't it?).
I've tried to save money on food shopping this year by buying some cheaper brands, with varying results, but the ONE thing I won't compromise on is gravy - it has to be Bisto in my book.
I usually buy the granules in the tubs or jars but decided to try the powder for a change & it was very good but I'll stick with the granules as they are much more convenient & I don't have to wash a pan afterwards.
Tescos sell the Bisto powder in 2 sizes - 227g for79p & 454g for £1.53 (at 2/12) but if you prefer granules these are on offer there at the moment.
To serve about 3 or 4 people you just need to measure 280ml cold water in a jug, add 4tsp of the powder & mix well. Then pour into a pan & bring to the boil slowly, simmer & stir all the time for about 4 minutes or until you get the consistency you require.
The box is as shown in the photo & the powder is tightly packed in a bag inside the box - simple packaging but effective as it keeps the contents fresh.
The taste is good - I think it tastes more substantial than the granules & the colour is a lovely brown which looks very appealing.
You notice more of a smell when making up the powder hence the 'ahhhh Bisto!' advertisement I guess - it certainly gets the tastebuds going...
Bisto have been making gravy since 1900 & I think they have the taste just right - it seems to bring out the flavour of the food without being too overpowering & makes the roast etc much less dry than it might otherwise be.
The only thing I didn't like was the time spent stirring - when you're cooking a roast/ Christmas dinner the gravy always seems to be the thing that people have to wait for in our house as everything else is ready to serve.
We have a cooker with 6 gas rings but there's never a free one until last minute for the gravy so I think I'll use the granules so I can make the gravy instantly in a jug.
- good price.
- great taste which seems more substantial than their granule gravy mix.
- you can vary the consistency according to requirements.
- a bit more time-consuming than making up the granules.
- you have to wash the pan afterwards!
A traditional British roast just wouldn't be the same without gravy, and nobody does gravy better than Bisto. Just imagine it. A few slices of roast beef or chicken, some mashed potato, yorkshire puds and veggies, drizzled (or drowned in) thick rich gravy. Yum :o)
I think that because I grew up eating roast dinners every Sunday I eventually found them quite boring and unappealing so stopped having them so reguarly. That said, if I'm home and I smell a roast on I'm always tempted! It just wouldn't be the same without Bisto gravy to give it some flavour and a bit of moisture. This review is for the powder version of Bisto, similar to granules, and is extremely quick and easy to make.
The gravy powder is available in 2 standard sizes, 227g (79p Tesco) and 454g (£1.53 Tesco). They come in a tightly packed small brown box and because only a few spoonfulls are needed per serving it lasts a good while. It's produced by Bisto who have been making delicious gravy since the early 1900's. Their advertising campaign is hugely to thank for their popularity, especially with the first introduction of the gravy kids in 1919. It's gained association with "powerful feelings of warmth and togetherness in millions of homes every week". It's probably the most popular and well-loved gravy, with over 57% of British households having Bisto in their cupboards.
To make, simply put approx 4 teaspoons of the powder into a pouring jug of cold water and stir in (around 1/2 pint should suffice for 3/4 people). Get yourself a saucepan and add some of the juices from the meat you've roasted. I tend to add a little extra water in the pan just to make it up enough liquid to serve however many mouths I'm feeding. Turn the heat on and add your jug contents (with the powder) into the saucepan and stir continuously. It usually takes 5 minutes or so to boil, but keep stirring until it thickens. It's something that I've learnt to perfection almost (sad, I know), to get it just the right thickness without any lumps. If you need to thicken it up though you can always add a tad more powder into cold water, stir, and add to the saucepan.
I would definitely recommend Bisto gravy powder because when made well (although it's simple enough!) it's thick and smooth, with a lovely smell and great flavour that enhances the flavour of your dinner. It's great, like I said, for roasts and there's other things you can do to spice it up a little, like adding a dash of red wine or sprinkling in some mint. Personally I like it just as it is, classic and traditional yumminess :o)