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You can spend hours preparing a Thanksgiving feast and totally panic when it comes to making the gravy. That's because for such a small part of the menu line-up, proper gravy actually takes quite a bit of forethought. First there's the stock that you have to make ahead of time. Then, you actually have to simmer the stock for a while to develop the flavors. Then, there's the pan-drippings business and making sure you have a flavorful, lump-free gravy.

It's a pain, it really is. But it's a delicious pain, and one that Thanksgiving would not be complete without. Of course there are shortcuts, cheater's gravy, and the like, but if you are planning on making serious gravy from scratch, let us be your guide. Here lie the 10 essential rules for perfect gravy, every time.