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Trader Joe's Kettle Cooked Turkey Gravy

Kettle Cooked Turkey Gravy


Turkey Stock (Water, Turkey Meat, Carrots, Onions, Celery, Sea Salt, Parsley, Organic Tarragon, Organic Thyme, Organic Black Pepper, Organic Bay Leaves, Organic Clove), Roux (Butter [Cream {Milk}, Salt], Wheat Flour), Onion, Organic White Wine, Turkey Fat, Celery, Cane Sugar, Sea Salt, Organic Thyme, Organic Sage.

Contains Milk, Wheat.

Cooking Instructions

Microwave (1,200 watts): Microwave cooking times may vary depending on oven wattage. Remove lid, pierce film and place on microwave safe dish; heat on high for 2 to 2 1/2 minutes or until heated through. Remove film carefully, stir and serve right away.

Stovetop: Place in a medium saucepan over high heat for 3 to 5 minutes or until heated through. Serve right away.

Cooking Notes

If you mix in some basting juices from your cooked turkey, you’ll add a bit more home cooked flavor. Try to separate as much of the fat from the juices, or you might make the gravy a bit oily.

Nutrition Facts
about 7 servings per container
Serving size 1/4 Cup (63g)

Amount per serving
Calories 60
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 2.5g 13%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 10mg 4%
Sodium 290mg 13%
Total Carbohydrate 4g 2%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 0g
Includes (Not Listed) g Added Sugars 0%
Protein 1g

Vitamin D (Not Listed) mcg 0%
Calcium 0mg 0%
Iron 0mg 0%
Potassium (Not Listed) mg 0%

The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

While we love the taste of homemade gravy, sometimes time isn’t on our side. Last year, we opted for TJ’s boxed gravy and it left us satisfied, but craving a bit more of a home-cooked flavor. This year, when we saw this “Kettle Cooked” option, we were definitely intrigued.

Unfortunately though, we were disappointed with this gravy. Overall it was too herbaceous – the thyme and tarragon were far too overpowering. It resulted in a one-dimensional flavor that actually seemed to mask the taste of the turkey – as opposed to complementing it.

We tested this gravy along with several side dishes for our Test Thanksgiving dinner: Corn Pudding, Scalloped Potatoes with Quattro FormaggioCauliflower Gratin, Carrot Souffle, and Cornbread Stuffing Mix. The result was a delicious meal, but sadly the gravy was a weak point.

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Summary : We had high hopes, but sadly we were disappointed with this gravy. The thyme and tarragon were far too overpowering for it to be enjoyable.

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