For years I rarely cooked sauces. Every once in a while I would do gravy or a bit of sauce because my family liked the change, but I was not a sauce kind of girl. Even in restaurants I steered away from any item with a sauce. For me I always thought the sauce took away from the dish and did not enhance the food. I think it stems from having been served too many times with the sauce taking over the plate and overpowering my meal.
How my mind and palate have changed. Now my husband calls me the Saucier (like Chef in Apocalypse Now). I love to make sauces and I’m good at producing delectable, tantalizing liquid indulgence that will awaken the taste buds but not overpower the meal. Sauce and gravy can enhance the food as long as there is not too much on the entrée, or spices that overtake the meal. Just like anything else, if it is done in moderation it is a great addition.
Now comes the tool part. If you are like me, when it comes to separating the fat from your drippings, it can feel like a battle. I would place my divider in the pour spout of my measuring cup, then wait a few minutes as the fat rose to the top. Just when I would begin to pour my drippings, the fat would race the juices to the spout to land in the pan.
But no more! I have a new tool that separates the juices from the fat easily. Before I continue I want to add my little disclaimer that I am not a spokesperson for Sur La Table or Amco, just a happy customer. I bought the Amco Fat Separator 4 Cup product a while ago. Not expecting much (as I have tried other similar products before), this time was a pleasant surprise when I first used this product.
I poured my drippings into the cup and eagerly waited a few minutes as the fat rose to the top. With fingers crossed on one hand, and with my other hand grabbing the handle, I hovered the cup over my pan and squeezed. To my pleasant surprise, out came the drippings, and as soon as they almost were out, I let go of the trigger and in the cup stayed the fat. Yay!
If you look online there are various reviews. Some say it leaked and others say it doesn’t have any problems. I’m on the never had a problem side with my fat separator. I will say it is made of plastic, and I can see where there might be a problem with the stopper. But for $15.95, I don’t think you can go wrong. Just put a saucer under the cup just in case for good measure. I really do like my Amco and it has tremendously helped in keeping the fat out of my sauces.
As far as my sauces go, I like to serve them in a separate dish; like a creamer or anything with a spout. This way my family, friends, and guests can have as much or as little sauce as their palate dictates. This way everyone is happy and I’m not worried the sauce is overtaking the delicious food.