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How Long Does Gravy Last? [Shelf Life Guide]

Gravy is a type of sauce that can be used with many different kinds of foods.

It consists primarily of the fat from meat drippings, flour, and water.

Gravy may also contain other ingredients like salt, pepper, and onion powder.

Gravy is typically served as a condiment to meats such as turkey or beef.

People often ask how to store leftover gravy and how long does gravy lasts in the fridge? So we’ll answer these questions for you

How to Store Leftover Gravy?

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Since gravy is such a versatile sauce, it’s essential to know how and when you should store leftovers.

Here are some tips:

  • Cover the gravy with plastic wrap or place it in a container that you can tightly seal. Place the gravy in the fridge.
  • If refrigerating, make sure to stir before use because of possible separation due to cold temperature and slow stirring.
  • Store leftover gravy in the freezer for up to four months. Freeze it in various smaller containers, freezer bags, or ice cube tray compartments to make it last longer.

How Long Does Gravy Last?

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When it comes to gravy, it’s not a question of if the gravy will spoil but how long you can store your gravy.

The shelf life for this Thanksgiving staple is just three to four days when stored in its original container in the fridge.

That said, it’s possible to extend this time out a little by transferring your gravy into an airtight container and freezing for up to three months.

So if you’re looking for some last-minute Thanksgiving side dishes or want more ideas on how long gravy lasts in the freezer, don’t forget about this shortcut.

Can You Freeze Gravy? How to Freeze Gravy?

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The answer is yes.

Gravy freezes well but should be frozen in airtight containers or freezer bags to avoid the texture becoming mushy.

Properly stored, gravy can be frozen for up to three months. Here’s how to freeze gravy:

  • Pour the cooled, cooked gravy into airtight containers or freezer bags. Ensure there is at least one inch of headspace because as the liquid freezes and expands, it will cause breakage in a sealed container.
  • Label containers with contents and date before freezing.
  • Place the food in the refrigerator until completely cool, then freeze immediately. This prevents large ice crystals from forming.
  • For best results, thaw and reheat the gravy before serving.


  • When filling freezer bags, make sure there is enough space to expand air or water vapor that will form as food freezes. Seal tightly to avoid any leaks.
  • If you are freezing a liquid other than gravy, try putting it in ice cube trays first so when they freeze, it makes easy cubes that can be emptied into a bag or container for later use. These containers should also have headspace because liquid expands as it freezes and may break jars if not given enough room.

How to Tell if Gravy is Bad?

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Gravy is a dish that many people enjoy for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

The first thing to know about gravy is how it should look when you eat it – not too thick or thin with flavor in every bite.

If you’re dipping biscuits in your gravy and they are soaking it up, then the gravy is too thin.

On the other hand, if you find that there isn’t enough flavor or the chunks of meat are too big for a normal bite-size, then the gravy might be too thick.

Gravy’s best safety cue is its smell – if it smells bad, don’t eat it.

The other way to tell if something has gone wrong with your gravy would be through how long ago it was cooked because pieces from last night could still appear on this morning’s breakfast plate.

It doesn’t take much time for some meats and fats to start going rancid, so as soon as those signs appear, toss out any leftovers (including yesterday’s gravy).

Gravy should be bright and shiny with a smooth, silky texture.

If you find that the gravy is too sweet or salty, it might have been over-seasoned at some point, but that’s not always bad in moderation.

Gravies that use cornstarch as thickeners will be cloudy and become separated from the rest of the sauce when they’re not used soon after being made.

This separation can also happen if there’s too much cornstarch and not enough water in the recipe.

If all of these factors sound good to you, then it’s time to take your gravy out of the fridge and enjoy.

If not, keep in mind that life is too short for bad food.

One way or another, when a person decides they’re going to stop cooking, their stomach will have less opportunity to tell them what feels right.

What to Do with Leftover Gravy?

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Saving leftover gravy is a great way to use up the last of that jar.

You can thicken it for a highly delicious sauce by mixing in a few tablespoons of flour.

To avoid contamination, if you plan on using the gravy again for Thanksgiving dinner, it’s best to pour off any excess fat and then boil the gravy while stirring until it thickens into an opaque sauce.

There are other ways that leftover gravy can be used: potatoes au gratin is simply layering sliced cooked potatoes with cubed cheese over the top before pouring the hot gravy over the top.

You could also sauté some vegetables such as onions or mushrooms and add them to your pot roast; make sure not to overcook, or they’ll turn mushy.

Mix the leftovers into omelets to add protein.

Leftover gravy can be used as a dipping sauce for chicken tenders or even baked french fries- YUM.

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How Long Does Gravy Last? Does Gravy Go Bad?

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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Shelf Life
Servings 1 Serving


  • Gravy
  • Air-tight containers or Ziplock bags
  • Labels and markers


  • Read the guide thoroughly to learn how long it lasts.
  • Label your container with the content and date and keep track of how much you’re using!
  • Make sure to store in an airtight container in a cool, dark place (pantry or fridge).
  • If frozen, thaw in the fridge before use. Always check for signs of spoilage before using.
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