How to Strain Grease From Hot Broth




Introduction: How to Strain Grease From Hot Broth

Everyone knows if you refrigerate broth you can just scrape the fat off when it hardens.
But what if you need to strain the grease while it's still hot?
I will show you how easy it is to do with just a few simple steps.

Step 1: Get Your Supplies

You'll need
~A mason jar
~Just the ring from the lid
~A coffee filter

Step 2: Get the Jar Ready

Put the filter in the jar with a little less than an inch hanging out.
Fold the remaining filter over.
Push the lid onto the jar, holding the filter in place. Sometimes the lid won't want to turn. That's ok as long as it feels tight.

Step 3: Pour in the Broth

Now you pour your broth into the jar.
I usually use a ladel. It seems to hold just the right amount.
You want to be careful not to get ahead of yourself. It can drain pretty slow.

You might want to put the jar in a bowl to catch any spills. It gets very greasy.

Step 4: Now Throw Away the Grease

About now the filter should be full of grease, chunks of fat and cooked blood. Gross!
You'll know when it's completely full, when you see a lot of liquid in it but nothing draining into the jar.
I usually spoon out some of the grease just so it doesn't spill when pulling the filter out.

Gently pull or twist off the ring lid, while making sure the filter doesn't fall in.
Gather the sides of the filter and pull out. Discard.

If you have a lot of broth to filter you'll probably have to do this process more than once.
I wouldn't suggest reusing filters.

Step 5: Enjoy Broth

Now you're done and you have delicious clear broth.
Add it back to your soup, roast or whatever you were making.
Or refrigerate it. Just don't ask me how long it lasts in the fridge.


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    5 years ago

    The air stream blows and corners the floating fat, leaving a big fat free zone on the top of stock. Either scoop out stock fat free, or easily skim the idle floating fat.

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    5 years ago

    The easiest way to remove stock and broth fat is to use air stream blowing to the liquid surface, the floating fat will be blown to the other side of the container right away, leaving a fat free surface to scoop out, or skim the cornered floating fat, very simple. You may use hair drier, or the fat removal blower called Grease Out.


    6 years ago on Introduction

    There is a new way! Try a Grease Grabber. They work by floating it on your soup and it absorbs only grease!! Takes about a minute and the fatty grease is gone and your ready to eat! is where you can find them.


    12 years ago on Step 5

    I'm thinking you can get a small plank and cut a hole in it slightly wider than the mouth of your mason jar. Pour the unfiltered broth into the mason jar. Then stretch your filter around the mouth of the jar and secure it with a rubber band. Place the wooden plank over a large mixing bowl centering the hole over the bowl. Place your sealed mason jar upside down into the hole of the plank and allow it to filter into the bowl... Perhaps you could also find another mason jar with a slightly larger diameter mouth. Then you could filter from 1 mason jar to the other.


    12 years ago on Step 5

    Couldn't you save some labor time by putting all of the broth in the jar then sealing it with the filter? Next you would just need to suspend it over a container to catch the filtered broth. Eliminates the need to continuously ladle into the filter as it drains down slowly.


    Reply 12 years ago on Step 5

    Why yes, that would save a lot of effort. If I can figure out how to suspend it over another container I'll try that.