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Liquid gravy seasonings claim to enhance homemade gravy. We wanted to find out for ourselves.
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Liquid gravy seasonings claim to enhance homemade gravy. We had our doubts. Still, we rounded up four supermarket brands and added each of them (according to package instructions) to our recipe for turkey gravy. We included one batch of unadulterated gravy, too. Twenty-one tasters participated in this blind tasting. Our unenhanced turkey gravy, seasoned only with salt and pepper, was the clear winner. Our tasters found the bottled seasonings too sweet, and some had odd and/or off flavors. Based on our results, we’ll skip the enhancers.
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Recommended with reservations
Tasters picked up on “savory,” “Thanksgiving herb” tastes in this vegetable-base seasoning, but they criticized the sweet aftertaste.
This dark, viscous seasoning had a “sweet sausage flavor” that was “like chicken apple sausage.” Some tasters found it “a little fake-tasting” or “sour and artificial.” To others, it tasted “burnt” and “a little bitter.”
Gravy Master had “an umami finish to it” that was “pretty savory” to some tasters; others found it “too sweet,” with a “weird flavor” akin to “uncooked pasta.”
Maggi tasted of “soy or miso” to many tasters, who found it “odd in turkey gravy.” Others described it as “mushroom-y” and “sour,” with “a sweet aftertaste.”
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