Fancy gravy boats may look nice on the table, but we’ve yet to find one that actually keeps gravy warm. We came up with a method that keeps gravy so warm that you can get it ready well before you serve the meal.

It may sound strange, but try using an insulated coffee carafe. You’ll have fewer spills and zero complaints that your gravy isn’t warm enough. Before you add the gravy, though, it’s best to prewarm the carafe by filling it with with hot tap water and letting it sit for a minute or so. Then empty the carafe, fill it with the gravy, and screw on the lid to seal in the heat.