Even if you have perfectly moist turkey and creamy mashed potatoes, you’re going to want good gravy to pour over all of it this Thanksgiving. But what if something went awry and you have lumpy gravy? Here are some easy ways to fix a botched batch.
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Option 1: Use an Immersion Blender
The easiest, quickest fix for lumpy gravy is to break out your immersion blender and puree it smooth.
Mueller Austria Ultra-Stick 9-Speed Immersion Blender, $29.97 on Amazon
This also includes a whisk attachment and a milk frother.
Option 2: Use a Regular Blender
If you only have a regular blender, that also works. Pour the gravy in and blitz it until silky.
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Option 3: Use a Fine Mesh Sieve
No blender? A fine mesh sieve or strainer will also work. Place it over your gravy boat (or a bowl with a wider opening) and pour the gravy through to filter out the lumps.
Cuisinart Fine Mesh Strainers, 3 for $12.99 on Amazon
A perfect size for every straining job.
Option 4: Use a Whisk
If you don’t have any of the above equipment, break out your whisk and put your wrist into it.
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Bonus Tip: Make Gravy Ahead of Time
We strongly advocate for making a batch of gravy ahead of time because you can never have too much. Plus, knowing that it’s already done takes some of the pressure off when you’re making your fresh gravy from the pan drippings. See our Make-Ahead Turkey Gravy recipe.
And regardless of when you’re making gravy, be sure to whisk thoroughly to prevent lumps from forming in the first place.
Add the liquid to the flour-fat mixture a little bit at a time to start, whisking well all the while, so you can be sure it’s fully incorporated before adding the rest of the stock (and/or cream).
NorPro Porcelain Gravy Sauce Boat with Stand and Candle, $19.95 on Amazon
Keep your perfect gravy nice and warm with this candle-powered gravy boat.
For more tips, tricks, and recipes, see our Ultimate Guide to Thanksgiving.
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