Primal since March 5, 2012
SW: 221 | CW: 182 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)
I use both Guar Gum or Xantham Gum, I don't have a preference, I have a bag of each and use which ever I grab first.
I also use several different types of Better Than Boullion, chicken, beef and mushroom are what I keep on hand all the time. I like a rich gravy, so I always add it.
Drippings in a skillet or saucepan (if your adding in mushrooms or onions, sautee them in the dripping with additional butter/grease
Add enough water and Boullion in the saucepan like you're making stock... (I NEVER measure, but the jar has directions) bring it to a full simmer. Once it's simmering, slowly whisk in the Xantham Gum or Guar Gum. Personally, I cut off a tiny bit of the corner of the bag and just kind of let the air push out little bits at a time. Whisk whisk whisk on simmer and it'll start to thicken almost immediately.... if you add to much, add a little water. Add any spices you like, I always add salt, pepper and garlic. Be careful with the salt though... you won't need it if your drippings are seasoned from the meat or you are not a big salt craver. I literally crave salt, so I usually end up adding a little bit.
Once it cools down, it gets a bit gelatenous, but can easily be reheated. It won't get the exact smooth texture unless you heat it and whisk it again.
I make both ground beef and the canned beef this way... cook the meat, make the gravy in the same pan and top it with some goat cheese! Yummo!
Speaking of fat, if you want something just out-of-this-world delish, try org duck fat.
I buy it here Amazon.com: duck fat organic
It is expensive but it's a good size jar and you use just a little .. Scrambled or fried eggs, OMG, sooo good.
Honestly I haven't thought about the primal part. It's in a lot of things you wouldn't think though, like toothpaste and salad dressings. I'm not fully primal, so I don't follow it to a T. I think I'll research that a bit more now.
Yes, you can buy chicken and beef at costco in larger jars. In the grocery store, it's usually on a top shelf in a glass jar.... We have it in our regular grocery stores around here and the natural stores too. Here's the website, just so you know what the jar looks like. Superior Touch