Recipe Tip: Removing fat from various types of food

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Ways to remove fat from various types of food

  1. Using ice in a soup, stew, or stock to pull away the fat. When fat gets cold it congeals, or becomes somewhat thick and solid. When you place an ice cube or several ice cubes on top of the liquid the fat will become cold and it will thicken almost into a jelly form. This makes it very easy to spoon away, if the piece of ice has lots of flat surfaces sometimes that fat sticks to the ice and you simply throw it away clung onto the cube.
  2. Use a paper towel. Many things like delivery pizza with cheap cheese and pepperoni often times will have visible oil on the surface. By patting the pizza with a paper towel it acts as a sponge and soaks up the unneeded fat. You can do the same with fried foods such as eggrolls, or fried chicken
  3. Give the fat an avenue to ESCAPE. Fat gets trapped in foods because it has no other place to go. If you bake a piece of chicken or beef on a flat pan the fat and grease that holds the unneeded calories is simply trapped on the surface on the pan and creates a pool that the meat sit’s in. Sometimes the meat act’s as a sponge and absorbs all the fat that was expelled during cooking. This can be combated by placing the products your cooking on a raised baking rack over the flat pan so that the fat can drip away and the food can be cooked by dry heat instead of cooking in its pool of expelled fats
  4. Use oils that contain unsaturated fats like olive oil, sunflower oil, avocado oil. The biggest issue is hydrogenated oils that contain Tran’s fats. Man made trans fats are different than one that occur naturally in foods. Only chemically altered trans fats have been shown to increase cholesterol levels, which lead to heart problems. Food manufacturers use man made trans fats to increase shelf life and keep flavors stable.