Looking for a way to remove some of the fat from your stews, gravies, soups, etc.? You skim the surface with this little brush and it supposedly removes the oil. It is also dishwasher safe.
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Posted by Maya Bazar at June 7, 2006 8:38 AM
My wife and I moved into her parents' home after they passed and we had retired, and in a kitchen drawer we found an fat mop in its original black and white cardboard box, dated 1978, and apparently never used. My wife has a real aversion to fat and has tried all kinds of kitchen implements for removing same. She swears by the fat mop, but then, she doesn't start out with a lot of fatty stuff in the pot to begin with.
I agree with both of the last two posters. If you have time and the right kind of broth, it's better to use a gravy seperator or even refrigerate your dish and scrape the fat off, b/c the fat mop is a pain to clean and doesn't do as complete a job as a gravy separator. But there are some dishes that you can't put in a gravy separator and on those, this works pretty well. It is a pain to clean. I soak mine in a bowl of hot soapy water, then put it in the dishwasher and may still end up soaking it in more hot soapy water. You also have to be careful not to accidently pull the strands out of the wire loop that holds them. I got mine from a New Orleans cooking school (they should know - think rouxs!). The instructor said they're manufactured from the same stuff used to skim oil from oil spills in the ocean.
I have had a fat mop for YEARS AND LOVE IT.
i wash in dishwasher will retain a small residue of oil but it allows you to EASILY MOP OFF THE TOP LAYER OF OIL WITHOUT having to dump in conntainers etc or with out having to cool soup down.
I am ready after about 10 yrs to get a new one.
I purchased one of these and hated it. While it does take up some of the fat off the top it's really hard to clean and remains somewhat greasy and it doesn't do a great job of skimming either if you have much fat to skim. For stocks I use a glass fat separator and it's fantastic. If you had only a small amount of fat to skim this might work - but the cleaning issue makes me give it a thumbs down.