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Old 08-20-2012, 09:35 AM   #1
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Question Gravy for 40-50?

How much gravy do you think I'd need for about 40 to 50 people? Let's say I am using simple 2-2-1 formula. That would make cup and a 1/4 total volume right? What is the avarage ammount of gravy a person can have?
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Old 08-20-2012, 09:43 AM   #2
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For 20 people, you should plan about 5-6 cups gravy; for 50 about 12-15 cups gravy. I think the standard portion size is 1/3 c, but it depends on what you are serving...
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Old 08-20-2012, 10:09 AM   #3
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I will be serving mashed potato and baked chicken with it. Or the other way around.
Otherwise pretty standard: salad with some appetizers, then soup and then chicken with sautéed mushrooms and gravy.
So, if I multiply the recipe by 10 I should be good, right?
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Old 08-20-2012, 10:23 AM   #4
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Charlie D your a Mensch gravy for 40-50
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I have actually done this. When we hosted Thanksgiving. (DxW has a large family). I say a gallon, Plus for us, some extra for leftovers. We make gravy the day before. Roast/ brown/boil up turkey wings, backs, necks and make a rich stock . ( I've used a couple chopped up thighs when I couldn't get enough inexpensive parts). Make gravy. Cool. Store overnight in a 5 quart ice cream bucket. Make 2 turkeys for thanksgiving. Combine the chilled gravy with the drippings from both roasting pans , Thin or thicken as needed. Voila, there is plenty of gravy.

The premade gravy nearly fills the ice cream bucket, so there's a gallon. Depending on, there is enough leftover for several regular meals.

I looked up 1 gallon makes about 16 cups. CWS is about right too. 15 cups @ 1/3 cup serving size. I think both estimates are good comparisons.
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Charlie D your a Mensch gravy for 40-50

I guess so Bolas.

For those of us who didn't know-- A mensch is a particularly good person, like "a stand-up guy",
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CharlieD, I'd probably estimate an additional quart or so of gravy--of course, I'm thinking it would be great to put in the freezer for my poutine cravings! Ideally, a 1/3 c ladle would be nice, but if you know you have 40 people coming, 1.5x gravy per person to allow for piggies like me who do two ladlefuls of gravy.
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I have actually done this. When we hosted Thanksgiving. (DxW has a large family). I say a gallon, Plus for us, some extra for leftovers. We make gravy the day before. Roast/ brown/boil up turkey wings, backs, necks and make a rich stock . ( I've used a couple chopped up thighs when I couldn't get enough inexpensive parts). Make gravy. Cool. Store overnight in a 5 quart ice cream bucket. Make 2 turkeys for thanksgiving. Combine the chilled gravy with the drippings from both roasting pans , Thin or thicken as needed. Voila, there is plenty of gravy.

The premade gravy nearly fills the ice cream bucket, so there's a gallon. Depending on, there is enough leftover for several regular meals.

I looked up 1 gallon makes about 16 cups. CWS is about right too. 15 cups @ 1/3 cup serving size. I think both estimates are good comparisons.
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What Bucky said .... Sounds good to go
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What Bucky said .... Sounds good to go
I don't see Bucky's post--did you mean Bolas?
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Soz - confucious. Must have been WhiskyDoddles post.
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Old 08-20-2012, 03:02 PM   #12
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In all the truth I have done it many times, every time having tons of leftovers. If I was not so unorganised I would be writing down how much of wha I've done. But I am terible. I do not cook from recipes, I do not write things down. Non of my dishes ever taste the same. It's terible. Time to grow up, just don't tell my kids I said so.
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Old 08-20-2012, 03:08 PM   #13
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Charlie, if you're serving the food, a half cup per person will be more than enough. If people are serving themselves, you may want a little more.
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In all the truth I have done it many times, every time having tons of leftovers. If I was not so unorganised I would be writing down how much of wha I've done. But I am terible. I do not cook from recipes, I do not write things down. Non of my dishes ever taste the same. It's terible. Time to grow up, just don't tell my kids I said so.
I don't cook professionally, Charlie, but that is my problem too--I don't write things down--I cook by "taste and by golly" and I don't repeat recipes very often. So many things I want to make, I rarely make the same thing 2x a year. I'm sure your dishes are excellent! This is how my grandma cooked--I think she was a grown up.
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Yeah, but that is you grandma, mine was the same, and that is me, what a bum

Stupid thing I have done many times. As the matter of fact it is my "go to..." dish to make when cooking for a lot of people. It is supper easy and supper tasty, everybody likes it. I really should just write it down.
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Yeah, but that is you grandma, mine was the same, and that is me, what a bum

Stupid thing I have done many times. As the matter of fact it is my "go to..." dish to make when cooking for a lot of people. It is supper easy and supper tasty, everybody likes it. I really should just write it down.
I say that too--and then I get busy cooking and I taste and, oh, there's something missing, so I toss in a bit of this and a bit of that...
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Here is a site I check occasionally for quantities. Not necessarily for recipes, but it is a good guide for quantities. This is roast beef and gravy for 50. It says about 2 quarts for 3 oz per person. Half gallon? roast beef and gravy recipe for fifty, serves 50
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Here is a site I check occasionally for quantities. Not necessarily for recipes, but it is a good guide for quantities. This is roast beef and gravy for 50. It says about 2 quarts for 3 oz per person. Half gallon? roast beef and gravy recipe for fifty, serves 50
A third of a cup converts to just over 3 oz. 2 quarts = 64 oz which is 1/2 gal or 16 cups. (These are liquid conversions).
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I make a gallon of gravy at Thanksgiving for 8 people.
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