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How to Create a Healthy Make Ahead Gravy Mix

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Learn how to create a Healthy Make Ahead Gravy Mix. This gravy recipe is a shelf-stable pantry staple that you can make for your Thanksgiving dinner or store in your long-term pantry to enjoy anytime.

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Secret to a Healthy Make Ahead Gravy Mix

Have you ever read the ingredients on a package of bouillon cubes or bouillon granules? Salt is usually the first ingredient, followed by monosodium glutamate. I won’t even continue with the rest of the ingredients because many of them are as hard to spell as they are to say!

So what is a traditional foods home cook supposed to do when wanting to create a shelf-stable Make Ahead Gravy Mix that requires bouillon powder? Well, I am going to share a little secret with you! All you have to do is make your own bouillon powder by dehydrating some of your bone broth.

And any bone broth will do. Chicken, turkey, or beef bone broth all dehydrate beautifully. The good news is that you do not need a dehydrator to do this. You can dehydrate bone broth right in your oven, and I show you how to create chicken bouillon or beef bouillon in the following videos. (You can follow the same process to make turkey bouillon from turkey bone broth.)

Can You Make a Vegetarian Gravy Mix?

The best thing about making your own Make Ahead Gravy Mix is that you can make a vegetarian version by dehydrating a homemade vegetable bouillon. I walk you through the steps to create a vegetable bouillon and then turn it into a vegetable bouillon powder in this two-part video series below.

How to Make Gravy with Your Gravy Mix

Making the gravy mix is easy. It only involves three ingredients, which I list in the printable recipe below. And once you’re ready to turn your mix into a hot, delicious gravy that’s ready to ladle over some turkey, chicken, or better yet, mashed potatoes, you just need to take a couple of tablespoons of your mix and put it into a saucepan along with a bit of butter and water. In a matter of minutes, you’ll enjoy homemade gravy!

How to Store Your Make Ahead Gravy Mix

When you are ready to store your Make Ahead Gravy Mix in your pantry, check out the videos below where I discuss the different options for how to best store food, both in your working pantry and your extended pantry. (Tip: If you live in a very humid climate, you can store a silica gel pack with your mix to help keep out moisture.)

And speaking of the pantry…have you downloaded my FREE 36-Page Essential Four-Corners Traditional Foods Pantry List? Don’t miss getting it! This detailed eBook walks you through step-by-step everything you need to stock your Traditional Foods Pantry, including your:

  • Everyday Working Pantry
  • Refrigerator
  • Freezer
  • Extended Pantry (otherwise known as your Prepper Pantry)

What is a Prepper Pantry?

Get to know what a Prepper Pantry is and how to stock it with the following videos:

Gravy and Other Recipes For Thanksgiving

In 2020, you may have a smaller Thanksgiving get together than years past. I talk about some easy, traditional, and healthy recipes you can enjoy with your smaller gathering in the following video.

The holiday recipes in this section are considered Make Ahead because you can make them a day or two in advance of your Thanksgiving dinner or any special occasion.

Want to make Homemade Gravy from scratch without a make-ahead mix? I’ve got you covered. And my Homemade Turkey Gravy recipe is made with bone broth for a dose of extra nutrition!

I always love my mom’s lighter-than-clouds mashed potatoes, and I’m sure you will too with my Whipped Mashed Potatoes recipe.

And for a nutritious dressing to go along with your turkey, be sure to try this cornbread recipe made with whole-grain flour.

More Make Ahead Recipes

If you like stocking your pantry with Make Ahead Mixes, be sure to look through the videos below to find just what you need! Remember that you can store these Make Ahead Mixes in your long-term pantry.

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Make Ahead Gravy Mix

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Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 0 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
Yield: 20 tablespoons
Make this shelf-stable pantry staple, and never run out of homemade gravy again.


Make Ahead Gravy Mix

  • 1 cup All-purpose flour "Wondra" brand flour can also be used.
  • 1/4 cup Bouillon powder, preferably homemade You can use any bouillon powder, including chicken, turkey, beef, or vegetable.
  • 1 tsp Salt Omit if using store-bought bouillon powder.


  • 2 tbsp Make ahead gravy mix
  • 2 tbsp Butter
  • 1 cup Water


Make Ahead Gravy Mix

  • Add flour, bouillon powder, and salt (if using) into a bowl. Mix well.
  • Transfer mixture into a jar with a lid.
  • Unrefrigerated, your Make Ahead Gravy Mix has a shelf life of approximately 6 months.


  • To make gravy using your Make Ahead Gravy Mix, place 2 tablespoons of the gravy mix into a saucepan.
  • To the saucepan, add 2 tablespoons of butter and whisk the mixture as the butter melts and the mixture browns slightly. This process takes approximately 2 minutes.
  • Next, add 1 cup of water to the saucepan and whisk well while bringing the mixture to a boil.
  • While continuing to whisk the mixture, allow it to boil for 1 minute until it thickens. Once it thickens, your gravy is ready. Remove it from the heat and serve.



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Course: Gravy
Cuisine: Americana
Keyword: Bone Broth Gravy, Gravy, Turkey Gravy
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