How can I remove excess fat/oil from my slow cooker dish?
There are several methods you can use to remove oil your dish.
- First and foremost you can reduce the amount of fat going into the dish from the beginning.
Choose lean cuts of meat, trim visible fat from meat and add little to no oil to your slow cooker recipes.
Some also like to pre-brown or seal meats prior to cooking to remove some of the fat before the meat is added to the dish
- Perhaps the most obvious solution is to spoon that fat right out of there! Towards the end of the cooking process the fat will often gather at the top of your dish.
You can also periodically use a spoon or ladle to gently spoon out this oil and discard it.
- Use the ice-cube trick. Placing ice-cubes briefly on top of the dish will cause the fat to ‘stick to’ the ice-cube (because the lower temps cause the fat to solidify).
You can then discard the ice-cubes and the oil right along with it.
- Use the bread trick. Very briefly lay a piece of bread on the top of the dish. This will soak up the fat on top into the bread. Then discard the bread or even feed it to your four legged friend if you think the dishes ingredients are ok for you pet.
But BEWARE … remove the bread with tongs as it will be hot!
Some people will do the same thing but with paper towel instead of bread. However if either is going to break down at all into my dish I would rather it be bread then paper.
- Cool the dish then discard. If you have time or are cooking a recipe in advance you can cool the entire dish down in the fridge eg overnight. This will cause the fat to solidify on top and you can then remove it prior to reheating and serving the dish.
If you have another idea we haven’t covered please add it to the comments below this post and I will include your tip in our list also 🙂
Member suggestions include:
– Par boiling meat first also to greatly reduces the amount of oil going into the dish – (like lamb and sausages) – Kerryn
This can be done with mince also.
– Using a turkey baster type tool works for suggestion #2 above also – Angie