Gravy Separator and Measuring Cup
Some of the best recipes I know require separating the fat from cooking liquid. Believe me, I have tried all kinds of hacks to make this happen. Everything BUT a gravy separator measuring cup.
A fine metal sieve with cheesecloth just leaves you with a really gross piece of cheesecloth. Spooning the fat off the top takes nearly forever and pulls out a lot of the good juices with the fat. A turkey baster can work, but it clogs up easily. I've even used paper towels on top off soup - it worked but its certainly not something I'll repeat.
It's hard to make ribs or a good pot roast with getting plenty of fat rendered off. And you want it to melt off, leaving the tender meat behind. But you don't want your barbecue sauce or roast juices to be greasy and gross. You just want the flavorful liquid for basting or making gravy.
Enter the gravy separator measuring cup. Wow - an actual tool built for an exact purpose. I still prefer to do ribs in mostly water first since they are extra fatty. But now I can do this recipe for French Dip Roast Beef a whole lot more easily. This recipe for Barbecue Chicken will make no-brainer gravy once I strain the liquid.
Take a look at these guys here - each so different but with the same goal. No greasy gravy!
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Don't those look cool and kind of Jetson-like?
Here are my two main methods for making gravy. First is when I have a crockpot meal with a roast or whole chicken or something. It cooks out all the flavory juices but also leaves a pool of rendered fat on the top.
Just the Juices
Here's my other method, when I've cooked something in the oven or in a pan and I have lots of good drippings and crusted bits to work with.
In the Pan
I know, you can't believe you just read several paragraphs about a gravy separator pitcher. But hear me out - gravy doesn't have to be something only your grandma makes at Thanksgiving. If you have cooking juices from a piece of meat, you are good to go. And greasy gravy is not a good thing AT ALL - better to have no gravy than to put that on the table. This goofy looking measuring cup is worth the trouble to find space in your cupboard. No more gravy hacks!
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