Reviews you can trust.

See why.

Canned Gravy

Is store-bought gravy worth the time saved?

Published Nov. 1, 2002.

See Everything We Tested

What You Need To Know

Canned gravies sound super convenient. But is their flavor worth the time saved? We sampled six supermarket gravies to see if you could buy good gravy at the store. The answer was an unequivocable no. Tasters found them "bland" at best, and at worst, "strange," "salty," "vegetal," "foul" and "metallic," with textures that ranged from "pasty," and "gooey," to "thin," and "slimy." In a word: "Awful." But here's the good news: it's possible to make good all-purpose gravy without a roast, using only canned broth and a few vegetable. See our related recipe.

Everything We Tested

*All products reviewed by America’s Test Kitchen are independently chosen, researched, and reviewed by our editors. We buy products for testing at retail locations and do not accept unsolicited samples for testing. We list suggested sources for recommended products as a convenience to our readers but do not endorse specific retailers. When you choose to purchase our editorial recommendations from the links we provide, we may earn an affiliate commission. Prices are subject to change.

Reviews you can trust

The mission of America’s Test Kitchen Reviews is to find the best equipment and ingredients for the home cook through rigorous, hands-on testing.