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Title: Bisto Best gravy powder as sandwich seasoning(?)
Post by: Shit Good Nose on September 08, 2021, 04:30:48 PM
I was at a site meeting this morning and noted that one of the guys had a jar of Bisto Best chicken gravy powder on his desk.  Purely out of curiosity I asked if they had a lot of hot meals there, as I didn't see a microwave or oven in the kitchen, but his answer was that he uses it as seasoning for sarnies and that.  "Not too much, add it like it's salt".

Kinda makes sense I guess?

He was VERY quick to say that he only did it with the Bisto Best (the one with the little bits of real meat juice in it), because no other dried gravy did it apparently.

Anyone else?  Tempted to try it......


(waits for someone to post multiple links to previous threads about the same dating back years)
Title: Re: Bisto Best gravy powder as sandwich seasoning(?)
Post by: Sebastian Cobb on September 08, 2021, 04:33:32 PM
I'll give it a bash, got some of the posh onion bisto in the cupboard.

I guess my weird one of these was adding Lloyd Grossman curry paste to cheese sandwiches, I reckon Pataks might be a bit too aggressive (only bought LG because shop was out of Pataks).
Title: Re: Bisto Best gravy powder as sandwich seasoning(?)
Post by: Gurke and Hare on September 08, 2021, 04:35:11 PM
There are some curry pastes that carry stern injunctions on the jar not to eat them uncooked. Dunno why.
Title: Re: Bisto Best gravy powder as sandwich seasoning(?)
Post by: Sebastian Cobb on September 08, 2021, 04:36:59 PM
There are some curry pastes that carry stern injunctions on the jar not to eat them uncooked. Dunno why.

I like to live dangerously.

I got the idea from The Viz when someone in one of the letters mentioned their 'post pub curry pizza (Lloyd Grossman curry paste smeared on a naan)' and thought "hang on, I've got some of that, this gives me an idea!".
Title: Re: Bisto Best gravy powder as sandwich seasoning(?)
Post by: Shit Good Nose on September 08, 2021, 04:39:34 PM
I'll give it a bash, got some of the posh onion bisto in the cupboard.

I guess my weird one of these was adding Lloyd Grossman curry paste to cheese sandwiches, I reckon Pataks might be a bit too aggressive (only bought LG because shop was out of Pataks).

I used to LOVE the pastes in the old Knorr recipe kits.  The Thai green curry was particularly delicious.  Sadly they don't do them anymore.


There are some curry pastes that carry stern injunctions on the jar not to eat them uncooked. Dunno why.

I don't know that this is the answer, but some spices are not good for the tum-tum when eaten uncooked.  Doubt you'll die from it, though.
Title: Re: Bisto Best gravy powder as sandwich seasoning(?)
Post by: madhair60 on September 08, 2021, 04:41:17 PM
That's revolting
Title: Re: Bisto Best gravy powder as sandwich seasoning(?)
Post by: Sebastian Cobb on September 08, 2021, 04:44:08 PM
I don't know that this is the answer, but some spices are not good for the tum-tum when eaten uncooked.  Doubt you'll die from it, though.

Since I've started making curries more from scratch, I wouldn't be surprised if most of them are little more than your standard basic curry spices (cumin, corriander, garam) and oil. Maybe some veg matter lobbed in as well.
Title: Re: Bisto Best gravy powder as sandwich seasoning(?)
Post by: Huxleys Babkins on September 08, 2021, 04:46:50 PM
If I've got some left over roast chicken or turkey to put in a sandwich, I mix a bit of chicken gravy powder into some mayonnaise.

Most of the supermarket chicken sarnies either do the same thing or mix liquid gravy in with the mayo. Otherwise the sandwich just tastes of nothing.
Title: Re: Bisto Best gravy powder as sandwich seasoning(?)
Post by: beanheadmcginty on September 08, 2021, 05:55:11 PM
Used to work with a bloke who would eat a big heaped spoonful of dry bouillon powder for a quick snack.
Title: Re: Bisto Best gravy powder as sandwich seasoning(?)
Post by: touchingcloth on September 08, 2021, 05:58:53 PM
You know crisp sandwiches? I do that, but with Oxo cubes.
Title: Re: Bisto Best gravy powder as sandwich seasoning(?)
Post by: Dex Sawash on September 08, 2021, 05:59:49 PM
I licked stock cubes as I kid (28) took about 30 minutes to get through one. Not sure I could freebase spoons of powder.
Title: Re: Bisto Best gravy powder as sandwich seasoning(?)
Post by: Mrs Wogans lemon drizzle on September 08, 2021, 06:04:23 PM
Used to work with a bloke who would eat a big heaped spoonful of dry bouillon powder for a quick snack.

Lynda Bellingham?
Title: Re: Bisto Best gravy powder as sandwich seasoning(?)
Post by: Sebastian Cobb on September 08, 2021, 07:08:10 PM
You know crisp sandwiches? I do that, but with Oxo cubes.

Imagine wrapping bread round it so it's a ball of bread-covered oxo then dropping it in a fryer.

Like a wartime-rationing version of a Scotch Egg I suppose.
Title: Re: Bisto Best gravy powder as sandwich seasoning(?)
Post by: Shit Good Nose on September 08, 2021, 07:15:27 PM
Imagine wrapping bread round it so it's a ball of bread-covered oxo then dropping it in a fryer.

Like a wartime-rationing version of a Scotch Egg I suppose.

£40 starter at The Fat Duck.
Title: Re: Bisto Best gravy powder as sandwich seasoning(?)
Post by: king_tubby on September 08, 2021, 07:21:12 PM
My partner sprinkles this on cooked stews/casseroles and such like.

(https://images.hollandandbarrettimages.co.uk/productimages/HB/724/067864_A.jpg)
Title: Re: Bisto Best gravy powder as sandwich seasoning(?)
Post by: Sherringford Hovis on September 08, 2021, 07:25:27 PM
^ That Bouillon is mostly salt anyway; you can get a much better version with a greater proportion of dried vegetable powder in your local Polski Sklep (or Lidl occasionally).

See if you can wean 'em onto Marigold Yeast Flakes (or its Aldi equivalent) instead - I get through tons of this stuff: much tastier and packed with healthy chemicals. Mmmm. Chemicals.

(https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/1584/8409/products/Engevita-Nutritional-Yeast-B12-FRONT-NM_1024x1024.jpg?v=1501860975)
Title: Re: Bisto Best gravy powder as sandwich seasoning(?)
Post by: Norton Canes on September 08, 2021, 07:26:54 PM
Cilla Black's snack of choice was half an orange, the cut area rubbed with an Oxo cube.
Title: Re: Bisto Best gravy powder as sandwich seasoning(?)
Post by: king_tubby on September 08, 2021, 07:29:33 PM
^ That Bouillon is mostly salt anyway; you can get a much better version with a greater proportion of dried vegetable powder in your local Polski Sklep (or Lidl occasionally).

See if you can wean 'em onto Marigold Yeast Flakes (or its Aldi equivalent) instead - I get through tons of this stuff: much tastier and packed with healthy chemicals. Mmmm. Chemicals.

(https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/1584/8409/products/Engevita-Nutritional-Yeast-B12-FRONT-NM_1024x1024.jpg?v=1501860975)

Wait a minute, that's what she has - not the other stuff. So good news all round!
Title: Re: Bisto Best gravy powder as sandwich seasoning(?)
Post by: Johnny Textface on September 08, 2021, 07:34:45 PM
Sprinkle a bit on roast potatoes before they go in.
Title: Re: Bisto Best gravy powder as sandwich seasoning(?)
Post by: Butchers Blind on September 08, 2021, 07:50:33 PM
Cilla Black's snack of choice was half an orange, the cut area rubbed with an Oxo cube.

Dead now; makes you think.
Title: Re: Bisto Best gravy powder as sandwich seasoning(?)
Post by: Sebastian Cobb on September 08, 2021, 07:51:54 PM
I quite liked that bullion stuff, thought it was a step up from oxo/knorr veg stock.

Never tried it as a drink though, no more mad than drinking bovril though I guess.
Title: Re: Bisto Best gravy powder as sandwich seasoning(?)
Post by: imitationleather on September 08, 2021, 07:55:44 PM
Dead now; makes you think happy.
Title: Re: Bisto Best gravy powder as sandwich seasoning(?)
Post by: Sherringford Hovis on September 08, 2021, 07:58:57 PM
Wait a minute, that's what she has - not the other stuff. So good news all round!

Their branding does seem somewhat inconsistent - an image search turns up green, blue, red, purple and brown cylinders of the same flakes. My wife refers to them as 'Oscar Scabs' in memory of our deceased (diseased?) Bull Terrier Cross who suffered greatly with seborrheic dermatitis. Appetising. 
Title: Re: Bisto Best gravy powder as sandwich seasoning(?)
Post by: Sebastian Cobb on September 08, 2021, 08:06:48 PM
Flakes does seem a bit 'fish food'.
Title: Re: Bisto Best gravy powder as sandwich seasoning(?)
Post by: Glebe on September 08, 2021, 09:44:57 PM
Your friend is a sick demented pervert, SGN.
Title: Re: Bisto Best gravy powder as sandwich seasoning(?)
Post by: dissolute ocelot on September 08, 2021, 09:54:30 PM
Their branding does seem somewhat inconsistent - an image search turns up green, blue, red, purple and brown cylinders of the same flakes. My wife refers to them as 'Oscar Scabs' in memory of our deceased (diseased?) Bull Terrier Cross who suffered greatly with seborrheic dermatitis. Appetising.
The different colours relate to different added vitamins, I think. Nutritional yeast flakes seem to be a real marmite-style foodstuff: some people (especially vegans) will put them on cereal, toast, pasta, sprinkle on anything. They definitely remind me of bodily secretions.

As for gravy, you can get various sorts of onion powder and onion salt for seasoning (canonically of white sauce), which is basically what cheap Bisto is except Bisto is dyed brown.
Title: Re: Bisto Best gravy powder as sandwich seasoning(?)
Post by: Sebastian Cobb on September 08, 2021, 10:01:56 PM
did someone really suggest a marmite-like substance as a good alternative to normal vegetable stock‽

how different is onion powder to onion granules? I've been using them interchangeably as I assumed they were pretty similar.
Title: Re: Bisto Best gravy powder as sandwich seasoning(?)
Post by: touchingcloth on September 08, 2021, 10:07:20 PM
Imagine wrapping bread round it so it's a ball of bread-covered oxo then dropping it in a fryer.

Like a wartime-rationing version of a Scotch Egg I suppose.

By “imagine” do you mean “remember”? Those things are good, but I have much fonder memories of oxo cubes wrapped in wafer thin ham - can’t be those trimmings at Christmas.
Title: Re: Bisto Best gravy powder as sandwich seasoning(?)
Post by: Shit Good Nose on September 08, 2021, 10:57:51 PM
Your friend is a sick demented pervert, SGN.

No idea who he is - never met him before today and probably won't ever see him again.  But he has given me some food for thought...
Title: Re: Bisto Best gravy powder as sandwich seasoning(?)
Post by: touchingcloth on September 08, 2021, 11:00:08 PM
Your friend is a sick demented pervert, SGN.

The swingers? From memory that was a work colleague of his rather than a friend.
Title: Re: Bisto Best gravy powder as sandwich seasoning(?)
Post by: Shit Good Nose on September 08, 2021, 11:17:03 PM
The swingers? From memory that was a work colleague of his rather than a friend.

No, he's a good workmate who I semi-regularly socialise with outside of work.  There have been no fuck parties since December 2019.
Title: Re: Bisto Best gravy powder as sandwich seasoning(?)
Post by: PlanktonSideburns on September 08, 2021, 11:23:04 PM
^ That Bouillon is mostly salt anyway; you can get a much better version with a greater proportion of dried vegetable powder in your local Polski Sklep (or Lidl occasionally).

See if you can wean 'em onto Marigold Yeast Flakes (or its Aldi equivalent) instead - I get through tons of this stuff: much tastier and packed with healthy chemicals. Mmmm. Chemicals.

(https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/1584/8409/products/Engevita-Nutritional-Yeast-B12-FRONT-NM_1024x1024.jpg?v=1501860975)

Yea that stuff is the bizz
Title: Re: Bisto Best gravy powder as sandwich seasoning(?)
Post by: touchingcloth on September 08, 2021, 11:30:07 PM
No, he's a good workmate who I semi-regularly socialise with outside of work.  There have been no fuck parties since December 2019.

Because of Bisto shortages?
Title: Re: Bisto Best gravy powder as sandwich seasoning(?)
Post by: Shit Good Nose on September 08, 2021, 11:38:01 PM
It's a key ingredient to any self respecting orgy.
Title: Re: Bisto Best gravy powder as sandwich seasoning(?)
Post by: touchingcloth on September 08, 2021, 11:39:51 PM
It's a key ingredient to any self respecting orgy.

I know - what else did that pair of girls have in their cup?
Title: Re: Bisto Best gravy powder as sandwich seasoning(?)
Post by: canadagoose on September 09, 2021, 01:59:35 AM
Sounds good. Reminds me of my tendency to drink stock when I'm feeling stressed. Then again I do have a sodium deficiency.

^ That Bouillon is mostly salt anyway; you can get a much better version with a greater proportion of dried vegetable powder in your local Polski Sklep (or Lidl occasionally).

See if you can wean 'em onto Marigold Yeast Flakes (or its Aldi equivalent) instead - I get through tons of this stuff: much tastier and packed with healthy chemicals. Mmmm. Chemicals.

(https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/1584/8409/products/Engevita-Nutritional-Yeast-B12-FRONT-NM_1024x1024.jpg?v=1501860975)
So do you just put it on stuff? I've got a tin in the cupboard for when I can't have dairy (Boxing Day problems) but I've not actually opened it because I don't know what to do with it.
Title: Re: Bisto Best gravy powder as sandwich seasoning(?)
Post by: Sebastian Cobb on September 09, 2021, 10:48:44 AM
Put some bisto best beef and onion on a cheese sandwich as a before bed snack, slipped a bit and thought I'd put way too much on but it was pretty mild, changed the flavour quite subtly without making it taste of gravy. Wasn't amazing, but wasn't remotely bad either, will need to experiment more.

Bet it goes well with something like corned beef and tomato.
Title: Re: Bisto Best gravy powder as sandwich seasoning(?)
Post by: touchingcloth on September 09, 2021, 11:38:35 AM
Bet it goes well with something like corned beef and tomato.

When I have people over for drinks, I'll prepare a saucer of Bisto granules and halve some cherry tomatoes for people to dip into it.
Title: Re: Bisto Best gravy powder as sandwich seasoning(?)
Post by: idunnosomename on September 09, 2021, 01:45:25 PM
Two girls one gravy boat
Title: Re: Bisto Best gravy powder as sandwich seasoning(?)
Post by: touchingcloth on September 09, 2021, 02:17:56 PM
Sometimes I pop a Knorr in my anus, as a sharpener.
Title: Re: Bisto Best gravy powder as sandwich seasoning(?)
Post by: poo on September 09, 2021, 02:21:03 PM
Any cunt puts bisto in my sarnie gets slap 👋
Title: Re: Bisto Best gravy powder as sandwich seasoning(?)
Post by: Sherringford Hovis on September 09, 2021, 11:26:29 PM
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So do you just put it on stuff? I've got a tin in the cupboard for when I can't have dairy (Boxing Day problems) but I've not actually opened it because I don't know what to do with it.

Yep, you can just bung it on stuff, but my most common Oscar Scabs™ delivery methods are:

Creamy dips/condiments
2-6 heaped teaspoons mixed with 4-6 heaped tablespoons of mayonnaise or mayonnaise creme fraîche mix, salt, as much or as little garlic powder or minced fresh garlic as your significant other can bear on your breath and a squeeze of lemon juice - garlic mayo or Caesar dressing.
Add capers and/or diced gherkins and a hint of mustard to the above for tartar sauce.
Use plain yoghurt instead of mayonnaise, chop cucumber and mint (plus ginger and coriander if you like but I'm not arsed)  - raita.
For variety, I sometimes dial the garlic down a bit and slather with a generous dash of Colgin's Liquid Smoke (https://www.thevegankindsupermarket.com/p/colgin-natural-hickory-liquid-smoke-472ml) for a smoky pizza crust dip, or crumble some Stilton in there to give crudités a proper footy waft.

Vinigrette
Just lob some in to your regular salad lubrication - vigorous shaking of the (lidded) container will break up the clumps, but of you're making it in a bowl you may want to crush/chop the flakes into a finer powder before adding.

Soups and sauces
Stir or blend in to home-made soups last of all prior to serving as temperatures over 70ºC greatly diminishes the flavour of Oscar Scabs™. With canned/tub soups, just sprinkle a bit on the top - job's a good 'un. I also add Oscar Scabs™ to white sauce/cheese sauce (including instant mac & cheese), sprinkle on lasagna or moussaka toppings 5 mins before serving. If you've made Indian or Thai curry that's ended up a bit spicier than your consumers can handle, Oscar Scabs™ and a touch of sugar can really take the edge off.

Popcorn, Oscar style
Home-popped, still warm, stir some scabs and maybe a bit of paprika in there. Movie night classic. Did some with garam masala and scabs which went nicely with a plain black lentil dal/daal/dahl (why is there no standard spelling for phonetic foreign grub - same applies to hummus/humus/houmous/houmos?).

I'm going to try this vegan feta (https://www.theedgyveg.com/2019/09/17/best-vegan-feta-cheese-easy-vegan-substitute-for-feta-cheese/) recipe next week that includes scabs as an ingredient, though I'll probably replace the miso with tahini.
Title: Re: Bisto Best gravy powder as sandwich seasoning(?)
Post by: Shoulders?-Stomach! on September 09, 2021, 11:31:43 PM
Partner uses it like substitute cheese.

Savoury, flaky, therefore onto stuff
Title: Re: Bisto Best gravy powder as sandwich seasoning(?)
Post by: Sebastian Cobb on September 09, 2021, 11:33:35 PM
It does seem quite intriguing.

I maintain, whether using veg/vegan substitutes or not, you've got beef, chicken and veg as the main stocks, and chicken is essentially the o-negative blood of stock, you can't switch the other ones around.
Title: Re: Bisto Best gravy powder as sandwich seasoning(?)
Post by: ColinPopshed on September 12, 2021, 08:30:23 PM
I’ve never done it but I did consider sprinkling some on my chips cos I’d read about chicken salt and how good it apparently is.