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Make holiday prep simple by learning all about Freezing Gravy. A freezer stash of ready-to-serve gravy is also incredible for everyday meal prep and last-minute weeknight dinners.

a teal freezer tray with frozen gravy.
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If you have a bunch of leftover gravy from the holidays or a big family meal, don’t let it go to waste! Let me teach you the easy way to freeze gravy so that you can have it available anytime you need it.

This tutorial will work for storebought or homemade gravy. If you’re looking for homemade gravy recipes, check out these recipes for Beef Gravy, Vegan Gravy, Make Ahead Brown Gravy, Turkey Gravy, and Gravy Without Drippings.

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Can You Freeze Gravy?

Yes, you sure can! Gravy freezes very well, and it’s also super easy to defrost and reheat.

You may also want to check out How to Freeze Pumpkin PieFreezing Mashed PotatoesHow to Freeze Cranberries, and all our other Make-Ahead Thanksgiving Dishes.

How to Freeze Gravy

*I’ll walk you through it here with some photos and tips, and you’ll also find a printable recipe card at the bottom of the post with exact measurements, etc. You can also click “jump to recipe” to skip down.

The first step in freezing gravy is to decide if you’d like to freeze it in large or small portions. Large portions makes a lot of sense if you intend to serve it to a group.

Or, if you just need a little at a time, freezing it in small portions allows for individual servings.

Regardless if you’re freezing it in large or small portions, you’ll want it to be fully cooled before you place it in the freezer. If the gravy is still warm when it goes into the freezer, it will create a build-up of ice crystals. This will lead to freezer burn.

After the gravy has fully cooled, divide it into portions that make sense for your future needs.

I would use 1-cup or 2-cup Souper Cubes or quart-sized freezer bags for big portions.

And 1/2 cup or the 2 tbsp Souper Cubes would be perfect for individual portions. An ice cube tray or 4 oz jam jars would also work for small portions.

Place the containers flat in the freezer, and freeze until solid. Pro tip: if you’re freezing gravy in freezer bags, carefully remove excess air from the bags and place them flat on a baking sheet.

The total length of freezing time will depend on the size of the containers, but expect it to take 3-6 hours.

If you froze the gravy in ice cube trays or Souper Cubes, remove the frozen gravy and transfer it to freezer-safe storage. We love these reusable silicone bags. If you froze gravy in plastic freezer bags, you can store them stacked to save space.

a silicone bag with frozen blocks of gravy.

How to Reheat Frozen Gravy

If possible, allow the gravy to thaw overnight in the fridge or for a few hours at room temperature. You can reheat fully frozen gravy if needed, but be careful to heat it over low heat to prevent scorching.

Place gravy in a small saucepan and reheat over low heat until heated through, ~5 minutes.

Or, place it in a microwave-safe bowl and cook for 1 minute at a time until heated through, stirring or breaking apart ice chunks between each session in the microwave.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best way to freeze gravy?

The best way will depend on how you intend to use it once it has thawed.

Freezing gravy in smaller portions will allow it to freeze more quickly, will give you more flexibility for how to use it when thawed, and it will thaw more quickly.

How long will gravy last in the freezer?

If stored correctly, the frozen gravy is good for 4-6 months in the freezer.

Does frozen gravy go bad?

As long as it stays frozen, it won’t truly go bad. But after about ~6 months, the possibility of freezer burn will increase.

Does turkey gravy freeze well?

Turkey gravy freezes very well!

a saucepan of gravy with a spoon and gravy boat.
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Freezing Gravy

Prep: 10 minutes
Freezing Time: 6 hours
Total: 6 hours 10 minutes
a teal freezer tray with frozen gravy.
Make holiday prep simple by learning all about freezing gravy. A freezer stash of ready-to-serve gravy is also incredible for everyday meal prep and last-minute weeknight dinners.

Ingredients 

Instructions 

  • Allow the gravy to fully cool in the fridge.
  • After the gravy has fully cooled, divide it into portions that make sense for your future needs.
  • Freeze in ice cub trays, plastic freezer bags, silicone freezer trays, small canning jars, etc.
  • Freeze for 3-6 hours.
  • If you froze the gravy in ice cube trays or silicone freezer trays, remove the frozen gravy and transfer it to freezer-safe storage.
  • If you froze gravy in plastic freezer bags, you can store them stacked to save space.

Notes

Reheating Gravy
  • If possible, allow the gravy to thaw overnight in the fridge or for a few hours at room temperature. You can reheat fully frozen gravy if needed, but be careful to heat it over low heat to prevent scorching.
  • Place gravy in a small saucepan and reheat over low heat until heated through, ~5 minutes.
  • Or, place it in a microwave-safe bowl and cook for 1 minute at a time until heated through, stirring or breaking apart ice chunks between each session in the microwave.
  1. Frozen gravy will last for 4-6 months in the freezer.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.25cupCalories: 30kcal

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: How To, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
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