A couple of weeks back I decided to cook Sunday lunch - or a rather speedy version of it which consisted of nice, quick, cheap things like chicken breast and frozen roast potatoes. I know a lot of people here are snobby about making things from scratch, but I'm not. As long as it's not too unhealthy, I don't really care. One of the accompaniments to the Sunday lunch was Bisto gravy.
I have to admit that I'd never actually made gravy before, with granules or otherwise, mainly because I don't cook Sunday lunch as a rule. So I was expecting it to be a bit more complicated than it was.
The gravy granules come in a cardboard tub with a plastic lid, and are very cheap. Bisto comes in a slightly different range of flavours depending on the meat you're cooking. This purple one is designed for turkey, though I used it with chicken and to be honest it just tasted like normal gravy to me, so I don't think it really makes a difference.
The granules have a strong, rich smell which reminds you of both gravy and coffee at the same time - or maybe that's just me?! The tub has instructions written on the side and they are very easy to follow - just mix the recommended proportions of gravy and hot water in a mixing jug and stir until the granules have dissolved and there are no lumps. The instructions also recommend slightly different amounts should you prefer thicker gravy; however I found mine was the right consistency for me as it poured well but had a nice strong taste.
The gravy is brown in colour and tastes nice and rich. I found it was the perfect thing to liven up an otherwise boring and potentially dry chicken breast. I think Bisto is the best-known brand for gravy, with the legendary 'ahh, Bisto' advertising, and it's cheap, easy to make and has a nice flavour so I can see why it's popular. The only criticism I have really is that they could be a bit more clear about how many portions the instructions refer to, because I ended up making far too much. Other than that, no complaints!
We used these Bisto Turkey Gravy Granules for the first time on Xmas day and we were all so impressed with it that we've been using it every time we have chicken or turkey since then. In the carvery I always wondered what was the difference between the beef and poultry gravies and now I can see that special poultry gravy or TURKEY gravy in this case brings out the flavours much better.
It's dead easy to make up, you do it exactly the same as the normal Bisto granules that you've all probably used before. The trick with this one is to pour the water in as soon as it's boiled because if you let it cool even slightly the gravy won't thicken up as good.
When you've made the gravy you can see straight away that it's a pale gravy and doesn't smell half as rich as the beef one. That annoyed me to start with but when I poured the gravy onto my dinner I saw why, I think it's so the taste of the gravy doesn't cover the faint flavour in turkey because if you used beef gravy there's no way you'd be able to taste the meat properly through it.
This has got a rich flavour, I think it tastes a bit of chicken stock and I reckon that's what they've used to get the delish taste. It thickens up lovely without going sticky like some gravies do, I think it coats the meat and vegetables on my plate proper nice and I admit I DO go a bit overboard when it comes to adding the gravy to my dinner! lol
The taste is a bit salty but because it's such a rich gravy that doesn't matter much, it brings out the flavour of the chicken or turkey your having for dinner but like I said it doesn't cover it up and spoil it.
I deffo recommend these gravy granules for any time you're having poultry for your dinner, if you want it a bit darker you can add a spoon of the normal beef granules but don't overdo it because you'll spoil the faint turkey taste of the gravy.
A Sunday dinner to me isn't complete without gravy but I'm really fussy to which I like and on poultry (particulary turkey of course), which we have rather often on my home I will only have this!
Purple cardboard tub with a pull on/off matching coloured lid on the top of it. On the front I'm told it's Ahh! Bisto For Turkey Gravy Granules and there is an at a glance nutritional chart on the the bottom of it and a small photograph to the top of it of a sunday dinner! On the back of the tub I'm told a bit about the product and given tips on how to make the best gravy possible and then normal directions for use are given, the size is stated (in this case my tub is 170g in weight), nutritional information, ingredients and allergy advice is given, I'm told how to store the product, contact details for Bisto are listed and finally the recycle symbol and bar-code are shown.
A BIt About The Product According To The Back Of The Tub:
Bisto is the Nation's favourite gravy so we know how important it is to making your meat is a success. That's why we're dedicated to helping you get the gravy right every time.
Bisto has a smooth texture so it's easier to mix, giving you perfect gravy to pour over all your favourite turkey meals.
Directions For Use:
Put 4 heaped 5ml spoons (4 heaped tsp) of Bisto grnaules into a measuring jug. Make up to 280ml (1/2 pint) with boiling water. Stirring all the time. For extra thick gravy. Just add more granules.
Me And The Gravy:
Well this is incredibly easy to make up, even for me (and I'm hopeless at anything to do with creating food trust me lol). The granules are brown with a whitish hue to them, dry and have a really meaty aroma to them, and these do contain dried turkey meat to flavour them.
As directed (and for a reasonably thin gravy) you can make it up as directed, my personal choice though to make a thicker gravy is to use about 6 teaspoons with half pint of water. It simply needs a good stir to mix it all up and dissolve the granules and as I have said it's simple to make! No lumps, just a wonderfully fragrant light brown gravy!
It is meaty, rich in flavour and very well seasoned. It looks good, smells wonderful and tastes amazing made up straight out of the jar with ease of course if you want to funk it up a bit you can add juices from meats, add a dash of herbs or red currant jelly or something like that and of course you add add this to casseroles, pies whatever. It is wonderful and versatile and I wouldn't divert away from this because the quality can't be beaten in my humble opinion!
Egg, Milk, Soya, Wheat.
Nutriotional Information Per 50ml Serving:
Available in all good supermarkets etc and expect to pay about about 77p a tub.