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How do you make gravy in your crock-pot or slow cooker when you have cooked a piece of beef?  There's plenty of liquid -- I cooked the beef, potatoes, onions and carrots in beef broth.
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Crock-pot gravy??

posted at 8/26/2013 5:09 PM EDT
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How do you make gravy in your crock-pot or slow cooker when you have cooked a piece of beef?  There's plenty of liquid -- I cooked the beef, potatoes, onions and carrots in beef broth.

Re: Crock-pot gravy??

posted at 8/26/2013 6:46 PM EDT
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In Response to Crock-pot gravy??:
How do you make gravy in your crock-pot or slow cooker when you have cooked a piece of beef?  There's plenty of liquid -- I cooked the beef, potatoes, onions and carrots in beef broth.
Posted by Nancy G

I skim off as much of the fat as possible. 
I make a slurry with cornstarch and water.  I then whisk that into the slow cooker.  You have to turn the slow cooker on high so it gets hot enough to thicken the gravy.  This is one reason I usually do not do a flour thickened gravy, it needs a bit higher temp to get the liquid to a boil then it should boil for a minute or so to thicken properly and cook out the raw flour flavor. 
Or you could dirty another pan and pour the juices into a pan and then add the thickener you want, flour or cornstarch. 

Re: Crock-pot gravy??

posted at 8/26/2013 7:57 PM EDT
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LOL LOL .... Nikki, that's EXACTLY what I did .......... I made a small bowl of CORNSTARCH then slowly added little spoons of the juice, stirred it all together, dumped it into the pot and turned it on high.  It made a good gravy.   The thickening process isn't the reason it wasn't a great gravy.
Many years ago, when making gravy was a very frequent task, I was told to try arrowroot.   It works very well and takes a lot less than cornstarch.  But, for some reason, I haven't bought that stuff in years.

Re: Crock-pot gravy??

posted at 8/27/2013 11:24 PM EDT
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Try using black coffee as your base for a gravy.Add this to the crockpot before cooking.It tenderizes the meat and makes a dark richer gravy. The beef alone should give the gravy a good beefy taste and you will not taste the coffee.Just an idea.

Re: Crock-pot gravy??

posted at 8/28/2013 9:38 PM EDT
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Thank you,  Mikki ---- I'll try that when cold weather returns.   When it got miserably hot I didn't want my coffee, so the pot is in storage in the garage.  I haven't had a cup of coffee for ages.

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