“Browns, Seasons and Thickens in One”. That’s been the promise of Bisto for over a hundred years – and it’s also the slogan that gave the product its name., Yes, Bisto is an acronym, or at least an anagram of one! This iconic product has been a staple in British kitchens for over a century, and deservedly so.
Just like Sarson’s Malt Vinegar, there can’t be a houshold in the UK that doesn’t have a pack of Bisto in the cupboard. And once again, this ubiquitous product we all grew up taking for granted has no direct equivalent here in Germany. So we decided we had to bring it to you – after all, a Sunday roast just isn’t the same without gravy!
What is Bisto?
Bisto was first introduced to the British market in 1908. It was the invention of two men called Robers and Patterson, who were asked by their wives to come up with an easy way to make consistently good gravy.
Originally, it was a powder that could be added to gravies and sauces to give them a richer flavour and a thicker consistency. This seemingly simple product was a godsend to British households, as it ensured smooth, lump-free gravy every time. As well as making great standalone gravy, it is also very useful in stews, casseroles and many other dishes, as a way of thickening and enriching sauces.
In 1979, Bisto Gravy Granules arrived on the market, and quickly became a huge favourite with British families. Due to their ability to dissolve quickly in hot water, Bisto Gravy Granules made it faster and easier than ever to get perfect gravy, and before long had largely supplanted the original gravy powder in most households. The gravy granules you see here are still much the same, and remain the most convenient way to make good gravy for roast dinners.
What can I do with Bisto?
The most common use for Bisto is to make gravy for the traditional Sunday roast. This simple but delicious meal of roasted meat, potatoes and vegetables is a favourite with almost everyone, and it’s just not complete without some gravy to accompany it.
Besides this, it’s also commonly used to thicken and add flavour to casseroles and stews. Just a little Bisto makes for a richer, more deeply flavoured sauce. It works great in a shepherd’s pie, too. But however you use it, it’s a must-have in any food cupboard, so pick some up today!