Neither my parents nor myself have ever used these products.My son who is now a chef,asked me when he was about 7 why the 'gravy' in shops which his friends had with chips tasted so awful!! IWhen we went home I showed him how I make REAL gravy,and told him that this is how it has always been done in my home!! We found one really special snack bar which always had proper pan-juice gravy and it was the only place he would EVER buy chip with Gravy!! He told the owner that she was the only person who made gravy like his mum,and she was so thrilled!! As she told him,if you are going to have gravy it must be the real thing!!
Yes, I can't remember the last time I made gravy from the pan juices like Mum and Nan used to do. I can remember Nan standing over the old wood stove stirring the juices around in the roasting pan. Not in all my days have I turned out a roast that is anywhere near as good as hers.