Ready-To-Go Gravies

It's time to get ready for a Thanksgiving feast, and you're stressed for time. Could a store-bought gravy save you some time and fool your guests?

Consumer Reports cooked up some tests to find out.

Chef Jehan De Noue makes gravy from scratch and says gravy can make or break a meal.

"It's extremely important. It's probably what makes the whole meal." said De Noue.

But who has time? Consumer Reports just taste-tested 10 store-bought turkey gravies including ones from McCormick, Campbell's, and Boston Market.

Some are dry mixes that you add to water, mix, and heat.

Others are ready-made straight from a can or jar-just heat and serve.

"We tasted several different gravies straight up and on mashed potatoes, and some of the things we looked at were the texture and how much turkey flavor they had." said Maxine Siegel of Consumer Reports.

Some fell far short. The Franco-American Slow Roast gravy was starchy and a bit like jelly.

Same goes for the Simply Organic Roasted dry mix. It also tasted bitter. And it turns out the Serv-A-Gravy had little flavor.

But in the end, Consumer Reports did find one gravy that comes close to homemade. It the Knorr Roasted Turkey Gravy mix.

"It had big roasted-turkey taste sweet caramelized flavors that blended really well with the herbs." said Siegel.

Consumer Reports also took a look at stuffings-another oh-so-tasty can calorie-packed Thanksgiving favorite.

Believe it or not, testers found several rated good for nutrition.

One to try-Pepperidge Farm One Step Garden Herb. It's got 182 calories and just two grams of saturated fat per serving.


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