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Best way to thicken up a stew

(17 Posts)
Shnorbitz Sun 19-Feb-17 17:05:53

I've made a very tasty beef stew (if I do say so myself!).

It's a bit too thin - do I remove some of the liquid or what should I add to thicken it up??

00100001 Sun 19-Feb-17 17:06:41

Add flour or smash

namechange20050 Sun 19-Feb-17 17:07:48

Cornflour.

00100001 Sun 19-Feb-17 17:08:13

Make sure you mix the flour with a bit of the gravy first, stir it so it's smooth. then add the "slurry" to the main pot

Smilelikeyoufeelit Sun 19-Feb-17 17:09:06

Grate potatoes or parsnips into it and let it cook for a bit longer,

Vanillamanilla1 Sun 19-Feb-17 17:09:29

Flour or cornflour both work . Cook it out for a little while tho

AtleastitsnotMonday Sun 19-Feb-17 17:11:04

Alternatively just leave the lid off whilst heating to let it reduce down a bit.

anxious2017 Sun 19-Feb-17 17:11:12

Gravy granules!

123MothergotafleA Sun 19-Feb-17 17:14:06

Just reduce the liquid by boiling it with lid off saucepan. First remove all the solid bits, and you could make it extra nice by adding some flour mixed with butter. You can add that in little bits whilst stirring your liquidy bit.
When it's reached the right thickness add back the meat and vegetables.

00100001 Sun 19-Feb-17 17:14:13

Yy to gravy Granules!

ArcheryAnnie Sun 19-Feb-17 17:15:19

If you have any instant gravy granules they will work. You can also get a tub of gravy thickener, which is like flavourless gravy granules (I think it's basically dried potato), which obviously is no good to you now, but very useful to keep in the cupboard - it's very cheap.

Gooseygoosey12345 Sun 19-Feb-17 17:22:13

Gravy granules! Do it gradually though. Makes it much tastier and heartier too.

GrumpyOldBag Sun 19-Feb-17 17:25:42

Beurre Manie

I was going to say beurre manniere (not sure of the spelling) - soften some butter and mix flour in, to a thick paste, and whisk into the stew.

SteppingOnToes Sun 19-Feb-17 17:29:38

Mashed potato works smile Good for soups too if you don't want to add cream.

Shnorbitz Sun 19-Feb-17 17:38:10

No potatoes so I'm going to go for gravy granules!! Thanks all.

Mondrian Mon 20-Feb-17 01:30:39

Spaetzle Does the trick for goulash, I have tried dumplings and those work too.

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