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Old 10-07-2007, 09:15 PM   #1
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Alternatives to using a Fat/Gravy Separator?

If you don't have a gravy separator, what else would you use? I typically use a simple stainless steel mixing bowl and my fridge. It takes a little time to wait for the fat to congeal, but it works well.

Hmmmm....I bet I could make an impromptu separator out of an old plastic measuring cup and a wine cork. MacGyver is in the kitchen!

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I use a ziplock bag. Let it sit until the fat floats, then trim off a bottom corner. Much cheaper than a separator, and less storage space required before and after the separation.
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I use a ziplock bag. Let it sit until the fat floats, then trim off a bottom corner. Much cheaper than a separator, and less storage space required before and after the separation.
Whoa! Now that is a cool idea! Thanks!
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and less storage space required before and after the separation.
Not in the landfills
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Not in the landfills
That's what recycling is for!
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Whoa! Now that is a cool idea! Thanks!
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Old 10-08-2007, 06:41 PM   #7
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I use a ziplock bag. Let it sit until the fat floats, then trim off a bottom corner. Much cheaper than a separator, and less storage space required before and after the separation.
One ziplock is cheaper than a gravy separator. Using a ziplock every time you make gravy--not cheaper, and worse for the environment.

Storage--you have to store the ziplock box.

Safety--pouring hot drippings into a plastic bag sounds like a good way to burn yourself and make a big mess.

Buy a separator--easy peasy, not very expensive, lasts a long time, safer.
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One ziplock is cheaper than a gravy separator. Using a ziplock every time you make gravy--not cheaper, and worse for the environment.

Storage--you have to store the ziplock box.

Safety--pouring hot drippings into a plastic bag sounds like a good way to burn yourself and make a big mess.

Buy a separator--easy peasy, not very expensive, lasts a long time, safer.
Yeah, but the bag idea is cool. But, you've got a point about using it constantly and being more expensive, but as for the environment, you can recycle.

Still, you can accomplish the same thing with a SS mixing bowl (in the fridge) that you already have if you have the time to wait. But I'm thinking in some cases, timing might be critical to the dish meaning no time to wait on congealing the fat in the fridge.
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Using a separator instead of a SS bowl makes it easier to pour off the defatted liquid. You don't have to wait for the fat to solidify.
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Using a separator instead of a SS bowl makes it easier to pour off the defatted liquid. You don't have to wait for the fat to solidify.
So it’s about speed and time then? I imagine it probably cuts the time in half? No need to wait for the fat to fully “set”, but simply rise right?

In an SS bowl, once the fat hardens, I poke a hole in it, and it pours like a dream. Plus the fat goes to the outdoor “babies”.
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