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    Found recipe- can't use packaged brown gravy- substitute?

    Susie R.
    Mon Sep 20, 2010 1:52 pm
    Regular "Line Cook" Poster
    Hi, all!
    I want to make the "To Die for Crock Pot Roast". The recipe calls for 1 package of dry brown gravy mix. Due to a medication I'm on, I can't use any packaged or canned gravy mixes. They have some stuff in them that will cause me to be very ill. icon_sad.gif

    How can I make this and substitute something that will still make it taste as good? All suggestions appreciated! icon_smile.gif

    Chubby Cook
    Mon Sep 20, 2010 2:46 pm Groupie
    There are over 240 recipes for brown gravy mixes in the database, so you should be able to find something you like.
    Rainbow - Chef 536866
    Mon Sep 20, 2010 6:40 pm Groupie
    I'm also on a special diet and not supposed to have brown gravies. But what is it in the mix that you can't have? It might not be the same as me.
    Red Apple Guy
    Mon Sep 20, 2010 9:49 pm
    Forum Host
    I'd skip the brown gravy mix. Brown the roast in a heavy skillet for flavor and substitute beef stock or broth for the water. Season the juices after cooking to your taste and thicken with cornstarch to the desired consistency (after cooking).

    Red Apple Guy
    Susie R.
    Mon Sep 20, 2010 10:41 pm
    Regular "Line Cook" Poster
    I can't have the hydrolyzed soy protein or the yeast additives.
    Rainbow - Chef 536866
    Mon Sep 20, 2010 11:32 pm Groupie
    I see. And I just saw R.A.G.'s suggestion and think he has given you an excellent one, with natural items. Can you handle his suggestion?
    Susie R.
    Tue Sep 21, 2010 10:15 am
    Regular "Line Cook" Poster
    Yes. The roast is frozen, so I'll be getting it out here shortly and will brown it in my cast iron skillet. I'll make the gravy from that and go from there. I think I may be able to use vegetable broth (I'll have to check additives) and I'll lower the water content but monitor it to make sure it doesn't dry out.

    You guys have all been great- thank you! I've been on Recipezaar for years but don't think I've ever posted here. It's nice to know that there is such a friendly and helpful community on top of everyone who shares such wonderful recipes. This is and always has been the BEST site on the net for cooks and bakers of all skill levels!

    Susie icon_smile.gif
    Rainbow - Chef 536866
    Tue Sep 21, 2010 1:12 pm Groupie
    there is a mix of people here just like everywhere else. I have found Red Apple Guy to be one of the best! He has been very helpful to me on a few subjects having to do with cooking. There are also a couple of people that I avoid.

    I'm very glad that you found RAG's suggestion helpful. Let us know how it turns out! Chubby Cook is also very helpful. They give good information, and are not on ego trips.

    Me I'm on a very restricted and complicated diet, so am having to learn more about nutritional needs and how to meet them, and so I'm taking it as a challenge. I find that most processed foods are out for me. I like to stick to simple cooking, but now in nutrition too. Result is actually that it comes out more like old fashioned like grandma used to make.. hehe well, and grandma's from various cultures!
    Red Apple Guy
    Tue Sep 21, 2010 7:30 pm
    Forum Host
    I appreciate that Rainbow. You are terrific to work with.

    Now, my wife would contend that all men are on ego trips - by definition. icon_lol.gif

    Thanks again.

    Rainbow - Chef 536866
    Tue Sep 21, 2010 8:02 pm Groupie
    hmmm well,, it is a few women that have gone on ego trips with me here,, one guy,, and that's all I'll say about that. I'm more task oriented. Sometimes I don't realize the need that some lonely people have to some on to chat sites and message boards and make up for what they think they don't get locally,, attention, love, prestige, whatever. But I'm more really into the methods and techniques of cooking and the biochemistry of nutrition now, though I'm told to keep that on the light side. That means that instead of saying that high fructose corn syrup molecules overwhelm our pancreas I have to say not to eat too much junk food. hehe Fine with me,, its the same thing

    I'm perfecting my broccoli bread in the slow cooker recipe and then plan to post it here.
    Tue Oct 05, 2010 5:10 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    Not knowing what your allergy is, I don't know if you are able to use another common ingredient which is the Onion Soup Mix envelope along with a can of Mushroom soup undiluted. I didn't have the mushroom soup one time and had to substitute Cream of Celery. Turned out to be better with a richer flavor and browner gravy so now I use it all the time or mix the two soups if I'm making a large roast. If what you are allergic to is present in both the soup mix as well as the gravy mix, I would suggest you research what the other flavor enhancers are and add them minus that one ingredient you are allergic to.
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