How To Freeze Gravy
Great news for those who love homemade gravy but don’t always like to make it. You can freeze it! There is a ‘but’ to this though – this only really works for flour and fat-based gravy and not cream or milk-based gravy sauces. Creamy sauces don’t tend to freeze too well.
Gravy is generally not an item that keeps for long and only lasts a day or two in the fridge but the solution to this is freezing it!
There are a couple of ways you can freeze gravy depending on how you want to use it. You can freeze it as it is in portion-sized amounts or you can make gravy ice cubes for those times when you want to add a little bit of that gravy flavour to a recipe.
How To Freeze Portions of Gravy
If you have a lot of leftover gravy or simply want to make gravy in bulk to save yourself time and hassle at a later date then it’s pretty easy to do.
Let your gravy cool completely before freezing.
- Prepare Container
Find yourself a suitable container. This can be an airtight container that is suitable for use in the freezer or a freezer bag that is made for holding liquids. Write the name and date onto your chosen container. Make sure you do this first as it can be very difficult to do when your container is full of liquid.
- Portion Gravy
Add the gravy to the container and seal it. Put the container into the freezer – make sure you keep it flat and upright or you could end up with gravy spilt all over your freezer.
- Optionally Bag Up
If you want a little extra security you can add an extra bag tied around your container for extra protection against spills.
How To Freeze Gravy Ice Cubes
Ice cubed gravy is so useful to have around. They act as stock cubes or a great base for a sauce to add a little extra flavour. It’s a good idea to reduce gravy if using this method so that the flavour is concentrated and can then be diluted when defrosted:
Allow your gravy to cool.
- Portion Into Ice Cube Tray
Grab yourself some ice cube trays. Pour the gravy into each cube. Don’t fill the cubes right to the top. You need to allow a little space for the gravy to expand when it freezes.
Put the trays flat into the freezer. Putting them on a baking sheet can help with this.
- Bag Up
Once the cubes have frozen completely you can pop them out of the tray and transfer them to a labelled and dated bag.
- Freeze Again
Return the frozen cubes in their bag to the freezer.
3 Tips for Freezing Gravy
Now you know how to freeze it, we’ve got our 3 top tips which we strongly recommend following when freezing gravy to have the best results:
- Consider Portions – If you’re a large family who all love gravy then freeze large portions of gravy. If you live alone and rarely host family then freeze gravy in single portions in an ice cube tray.
- Avoid Cream-Based Gravy – Cream does not freeze well so avoid freezing gravy that has a cream base. If you want to make your gravy creamy then freeze it without the cream then add the cream when reheating it.
- Label It Clearly – Make sure you write clear labels for your gravy so you know exactly what it is. Once frozen, it can be difficult to tell the difference between melted chocolate and gravy!
How Long Can You Freeze Gravy?
You can keep a flour-based gravy in the freezer for up to four months without having any problems at all. Your gravy should be as tasty when it comes out of the freezer as it did when it went in!
You Can Freeze Gravy for Around 4 Months
How Do You Defrost Gravy?
Gravy has a bit of a reputation for being difficult both in the fresh and frozen versions! But as long as you ensure you follow the freezing and thawing guidelines you should be fine.
You do need to plan a little ahead when you want to use frozen gravy as it is best used completely thawed out. So the night before you want to use it grab it from the freezer and put it into a bowl in the fridge. Let it defrost overnight.
When it comes to reheating it then you will need to reheat it slowly over a low heat. Don’t try and speed this process up as you could end up with gravy that is clumpy and separated.
Can You Refreeze Gravy?
We would not recommend refreezing gravy, unfortunately. You’ll often find that the fat freezes at a different rate which will split your gravy. When you refreeze it, you’ll speed up this process and you will be left with a grainy gravy – not what you want!
Does Gravy Freeze Well?
Gravy made using a flour base does freeze well. As long as you follow the instructions you should be able to freeze and reheat gravy without having too many problems at all.
Great news for those who love gravy – now you can have a stock in your freezer ready for whenever you need it.
If you’ve still got questions about freezing gravy or gravy in general, then these may help:
Can You Freeze Bisto?
Bisto is both incredibly cheap and easy to make as and when you need it. The granules last in the cupboard for months on end so, if possible, we would recommend not freezing bisto gravy.
Instead, try to only make the amount you’ll need at any given time.
Can You Freeze White Gravy?
No! Unfortunately, dairy-based gravy such as white gravy that is often made with milk will not freeze well at all. We would recommend not freezing it as it won’t be pleasant to eat.
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