Cooking Hint of the Day - Foolproof Way to Thicken Gravygreenspun.com : LUSENET : Cooking & Crafts : One Thread
To thicken gravy, or any other type of liquid, here is a fool proof - guaranteed no lump - way to do it with no mess, thickens almost on contact and with no floury taste....
Mix 3 tablespoons of cornstarch and 1/3 cup cold water (it has to be cold> until mixture is dissolved. It will dissolve quickly and with no lumps. Bring your gravy or liquid to a boil, give the cornstarch mixture a last quick stir and then slowly add the cornstarch mixture stiring with a whisk. It will thicken almost on contact so pour slowly so you don't get the liquid thicker than you want it. If you have a great deal of liquid you need to thicken, you will need to double the cornstarch mixture.
-- Karen (firstname.lastname@example.org), February 15, 2002
Another way to thicken gravy or soups with a unique flavor is to use cheese, real cheese not the soy stuff; the smaller the pieces the quicker it works.
-- mitch hearn (email@example.com), February 15, 2002.