Never serve cold gravy again. Learn how you can create a gravy warming area in your house on Thanksgiving, using an unexpected kitchen gadget. If don't have that gadget we will give you other options as well that should help you save on precious stove space on turkey day.
Also learn how the Ergo Spout can make pouring gravy super easy and fun!
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The meal is ready. It's time to serve the biggest meal of the year.
Oh the horror!
I think on Thanksgiving one of the hardest things to accomplish is bringing the food to the table with everything pipping hot.
For me it's been something I have been focusing on the last several years and I think I have come up with some clever hacks that will help you.
This one is my proudest moment so far. Let me show you how I keep my gravy warm now.
☕ Using a Coffee Cup Warmer
About a year ago or so my wife got a coffee cup warmer. It's a small gadget that we keep next to the french press.
In the winter months, it's key to keeping my wife's coffee warm. With 4 kids running around the house, it's very important.
I decided to test out if I could keep gravy warm using the coffee cup warmer.
When the gravy was made, I place it into a mason jar that fits 2 cups. I attached my Ergo Spout (more on that in a moment) and placed it on top of our coffee cup warmer as we got the rest of the food to the table.
When everyone had some gravy on their mashed potatoes, we returned the jar to the warmer. If anyone else wanted more, just grabbed it again.
What I really like about doing this is that I could put the gravy in an out of the way place to keep warm. I didn't have to keep it on the stove or in some place that would be in the way of preparing the rest of the meal. If you have a small kitchen this is a great way to save space and reduce stress.
How Long Can You Keep the Gravy Warm?
This is not something you will want to do for a long period of time. It's meant for keeping the gravy warm as you eat your meal.
When you are done eating you need to refrigerate your leftovers as soon as you can.
If you wanted to hold the gravy for a longer period of time your coffee cup warmer would have to have a higher temperature setting and you would need to keep the gravy above 140 degrees. Most cup warmers can't do this. It's always good to practice caution and keep a thermometer on hand.
❔ What is the Ergo Spout?
So you might be asking, what is the cool gadget I have attached to the top of the mason jar. It's called the Ergo Spout. We have shared about this wonderful invention before, but for those that haven't heard about it, it attaches to a regular sized mason jar and allows you to easily pour from it. Watch it in action in this short video below.
Here is a link to their website if you want to buy one for yourself.
It works so well for gravy as you can easily shut off the pouring. It's also great for making a water pitcher out of a mason jar. I want to get a half gallon sized mason jar in order for turning into a water pitcher for when we have guests.
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What Kind of Coffee Cup Warmer Should You Buy?
The good thing about a coffee cup warmer is that it is a multitasker. You can use it for more than keeping your coffee warm as you have learned today. It's great for keeping anything warm that will fit on it.
There are different types of coffee cup warmers. You have the basic, cheap model like the one we have. Or you could get one that has multiple temperature settings. You can even go stainless steel if you like - it comes with a mug! Keep it at your office desk for keeping your coffee warm just make sure to bring it home for that gravy on Thanksgiving!
Reheating the Gravy
If you make your gravy ahead of time and want to reheat it, I don't think the coffee cup warmer would do a good enough job of getting it hot enough. You would need to fully reheat it another way before using the coffee cup warmer to keep it warm.
Other Ways to Keep Your Gravy Warm
For those that don't have a coffee cup warmer and don't want one, here are some other ideas for keeping your gravy warm.
- On the stove top with it set to low or warm.
- In a small Crock pot or slow cooker
- Reheat the gravy right before serving in the microwave
- Pour it into a really good thermal container or a coffee carafe
All of these methods will work as well. I don't think they are as fun though as I love the visual of the gravy sitting on the coffee cup warmer.
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