The preparation for this gluten-free instant powder only takes about 35 minutes. Then the vegetables are dried for another 2 days and this tasty and healthy instant gravy is ready to use at any time.
First, heat a fat-free pan. Roast the carrots and celery in it for about 3 minutes, placing a saucepan on the vegetables so that there is enough heat contact. Then remove from the pan and set aside.
Pour the peanut oil into the pan and roast the onions brown for approx. 5 minutes. Then take it out of the pan and place on a plate lined with kitchen paper so that excess fat can drain off.
Either use a dehydrator to dry the vegetables or dry the vegetables in the oven. Leave to dry in both devices at 60 ° C for approx. 2 days.
Place all the vegetables and herbs side by side on the mats of the dehydrator or on baking sheets lined with baking paper. Then slide into the dehydrator or oven.
When the vegetables are dry and cool, pluck the leaves of the marjoram and thyme. Then put all the ingredients under “After drying” together with all the vegetables in a powerful stand mixer and pulverize everything completely. Then pour the powder into a screwable glass.
The instant powder will keep for approx. 6 months if stored in a dry, dark place.
Tip: If you want to use the instant powder for gravy, boil 200 ml of water and add 3 teaspoons (or to taste) of the powder. Then stir in tomato paste, tamari, balsamic vinegar and yacon syrup and thicken with cornstarch.
Bring the sauce to the boil and season with salt and pepper. You can serve this gravy with countless dishes.
Any discussion about gravy must consider tradition. The tradition of sauces of all kinds. The basics, and most importantly – The thickening of sauces
Thickening has grown to mean the use of corn flour with many chefs and is only one of the many ways to thicken sauces. You have to think of the thickener as paint, the wrong colour for the room and the mood is spoiled. The various thickening agents correctly applied transforms food from ordinary to fantastic. How will you ever be able to experiment with sauces if you do not know the fundamentals.
So the traditional methods are;
- Beurre Manie
- Egg Yolk
- Game Blood
It is short sighted to see the roux as just equal portions of butter and flour. The butter must be melted slowly under a low heat stirring the flour in slowly off the heat to create a stable paste. Only then is the mixture returned to the flame to firm up the bond of the roux, usually just a minute.
The bond starts with the first signs of colour. A blond roux (the colour of pale straw) is preferable for lighter sauces and the brown roux (left on the heat longer) is preferable for brown sauces.
Any liquids should be added to the mixture should be heated up first and added warm or hot. Stirring until a smooth consistency is attained is paramount. Always allow the sauce to simmer over a low heat before serving.
A double boiler is essential for roux based sauces.
Thickening through kneaded butter is used on a sauce that is finished but not thick enough. Many wine sauces need to be thickened in this manner as cooking wine is seldom sold these days and chefs opt for what they are drinking that day. Mix 1 ½ tablespoons of butter with 2 tablespoons of flour to a smooth paste. Break it up into small pieces and bring the sauce to a rolling boil under a medium flame. Drop the pieces onto the top of the sauce slowly but evenly. Now lower the heat and gently shake the pan assisting the thickening process. This type of sauce does not keep and should served immediately. Do not re boil.
Arrowroot has been around since the dawn of ages, what we get these days come from the West Indies colonies established by the British in the 18th century. The arrowroot plantations there have been passed through generations with quality and reputation being paramount. Corn flour is a similar starch based thickener and is considered to be of a lesser quality and not suitable for fine cuisine. Both acceptable solutions to last minute thickening. One teaspoon mixed to a paste and stirred back into the sauce will thicken a litre of sauce in seconds. This is by far the most practical and easiest way to thicken a sauce before serving.
Used by artists to make paint for centuries, egg yolk thickening is as old as sauce itself. It is the protein contained in the yolk which forms an emulsion with the liquid which , when gentle heat is applied, acts to thicken the sauce.
This can be a difficult sauce as if you heat the egg too much to fast it will curdle like scrambled eggs. Of course use a double boiler.
Always whisk the egg yolk with cold liquid before adding it to the sauce. The sauce should only be warm not hot. Stir sauce slowly on and off the flame. If the sauce is roux based additional heat may be used and the sauce may be simmered over a low flame without curdling.
This thickening method is only used with game recipes and like the egg yolk it is the protein which emulsifies and thickens the sauce. Low heat is the key here remembering the protein curdles at higher temperatures. Again mixing the agent with cool liquid first it is stirred into the sauce at a low temperature.
Fresh blood needs a splash of vinegar to prevent clotting if still warm, any other blood must be strained free from clots which will always form.
Most puree sauces have some stock already added. Mostly made up of cooked vegetables and are sieved or blended while hot and put back into the pot to cook further. Tomato sauce is a good example. Pumpkin soup is often boiled, blended and re heated.
Nearly all sauces require reduction. It is the degree of reduction that is important. As with the tomato puree reduction to a paste is commonplace in cooking and is often preferable for delicate recipes. Reduction not only thickens the sauce but it improves flavours. Enhances them. Careful with salt and spice at this stage they do not reduce and should be added last. I always add salt at the plate never in the sauce. Many chefs would disagree with me on this point.