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TwoFourSixOhOne Sun 19-May-13 18:56:47

I've always prided myself on making delicious homemade gravy with a roast dinner. Not an oxo cube or bisto granule in sight. Smuggy smug sug.

I love it, DH loves it, I knew the DC thought Grandma's chicken Bisto was nicer but they are hideous bratty fusspots about food so I largely ignore them about it.

I've had a real CBA day today and it was hot and I was tired so I did a one pot roast which meant no room for veg to make gravy. So I bought chicken Bisto.


Fuck me, you'd have thought it was manna from the heavens. My lot all wolfed it down, proclaimed it glorious and asked for thirds.

That's it. I'm converted. If they all prefer the salty chemical tang of (frankly delicious) shop bought, who am I to stand in their way?


saycheeeeeese Sun 19-May-13 18:58:38

Yes you are....they don't call it ahhh bisto for no reason grin

KansasCityOctopus Sun 19-May-13 18:59:34

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AgentZigzag Sun 19-May-13 19:00:30

Smash and bisto gravy has been a staple meal for me in the past grin

But you can't beat making it properly.

You're a patrician amongst plebs OP grin

phantomnamechanger Sun 19-May-13 19:01:38

we prefer the beef one - thick enough to stand a spoon up in (well almost)

pumpkinsweetie Sun 19-May-13 19:04:00

Yanbu, ahhhh Bistosmile

TwoFourSixOhOne Sun 19-May-13 19:04:28

My favourite shit meal is oven chips with the red Bisto, so I'm not averse to it on principle.

It's just I was all PROUD of being the sort of mother who makes her own gravy. And they've thrown it back in my face, the ungrateful rotters.


Sugarice Sun 19-May-13 19:05:08

My home made 'bloody fabulous' gravy made from the juices of beef, pork and chicken is enriched with a gloopy stockpot and gravy granules, it is fabulous.

I can't imagine a good thick gravy to feed the hordes without help from the cupboard!

McNewPants2013 Sun 19-May-13 19:09:57

Do a big batch of home made gravy, then freeze it for yourself ( in ice cube trays) and do ahhhh bisto for the kids win-win

Confuseddd Sun 19-May-13 21:42:03

You will be serving up Aunt Bessie's next. Standards woman YABU

parakeet Sun 19-May-13 21:55:32

Ah yes... authentic home-made gravy, made from the juices of the meat, onions, garlic, wine, thickened with corn flour, my experience results in about an egg-cupful of liquid, with the appearance of old dishwater and half as flavoursome.

Do yourself a favour: use all of the above AND help it out with several teaspoons of chicken Bisto.

Januarymadness Sun 19-May-13 22:54:18

ahhhh so want smash and bisto now. It has been years. YEARS I tells ya.

Hassled Sun 19-May-13 22:55:52

I had a Manky Pub Roast today with Paxo stuffing and Bisto gravy. It was bloody lovely.

Hassled Sun 19-May-13 22:58:01

Actually I do have a Worthy Homemade Gravy standby - it's the Jamie Get Ahead Gravy. It is really really nice - and you can make then freeze for Gravy Emergencies. Bit of a faff to make, though.

EdBird Sun 19-May-13 23:24:21

I do the gravy with meat juiice stuff too but my sis announces each year when weather turns warm that 'no more gravy because its summer' and has 3 months off. Wish i had thought of that 20 years ago grin

Toadinthehole Mon 20-May-13 06:48:20

There is no gravy granule to be found in Toad's kitchen - and never will be either - except perhaps for encrustations of home-made gravy down the side of the stove.

I don't care of the children would prefer Bisto. They ain't getting it because it's bad worse for them.

GinOnTwoWheels Mon 20-May-13 07:00:46


I cook mostly from scratch and am a self confessed snobby food snob about processed food, but proper gravy is just something that I cannot make that is 'nicer' than instant gravy - In the couple of times that I have tried I ended up making a horrendous mess as well with fat everywhere, and it just wasn't nice.

I only buy Bisto Best and always have the chicken and beef flavours in the cupboard (if we're having pork or lamb, I mix half and half of the flavours we have in blush).

But because I can't stand waste I do have about 5 pots of lovingly saved but sadly unidentified 'meat juices' in the freezer, that I keep meaning to try to make into proper gravy but in reality will probably throw away next time I clear out the freezer.

Toadinthehole Mon 20-May-13 07:10:09

Can I have them please?

EllaFitzgerald Mon 20-May-13 10:05:36

My MIL is horrified that I can't make 'proper' gravy, so I think if I told her I prefer Bisto, she might actually explode.

I comfort myself with the knowledge that DH prefers my roast dinners to hers and there are no Aunt Bessie's yorkshires in our house

Snuffleupicus Mon 20-May-13 10:16:39

There's a whole collection of expats here waiting for the local supermarket to get in a rumoured bisto delivery. Cannot freakin wait!
I can make my own but I just can't be arsed every. Single. Week.

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