To me Canadian Thanksgiving is a pretty fall day with leaves falling from the trees, platters of delicious food covered in gravy and pants with enough stretch you could slingshot them across a football field. American Thanksgiving is that Brady Bunch episode where Greg made a movie about the pilgrims.
With Thanksgiving coming up in just a week for Canadians it seemed like the perfect time to let you in on this little tip. Chances are if you’re having a Thanksgiving dinner you’re having a turkey. Unless you’re a vegetarian or vegan weirdo. In which case you’re probably spending the day filling up on coconut oil before heading out to your relatives who pre-drench everything in gravy because who knew a vegetarian couldn’t eat a little bit of giblet gravy?
I started doing this when I had trouble separating the fat from my chicken broth after making it. Even after putting it in the fridge overnight the fat never seemed to get completely hard on top. This is the most foolproof method I’ve found for separating fat from broth of gravy.
Fill a baggie with gravy, chicken broth, pan drippings or whatever else needs the fat separated out from it.
Leave the baggie to sit until the fat has floated to the top and separated.
Cut the corner off of the bag and drain it until you get to the top portion where the fat is.
(Then just pinch the bag with your fingers or have another bowl close by the put the bag over.) If you make a really small hole in the bag this will be easier to do. Unlike the mammoth hole I used.
That’s it. That’s all you do. Fill a baggie, cut a corner. Normally when you cut corners things don’t work out well at all, but in this case it does.
And now I’d like to take a moment to solve a great mystery we’ve all been wondering about. What will I be doing this weekend and will I be wearing stretchy pants?
I’ll be at the brand new Lee Valley store in Kingston, Ontario showing anyone who would like to show up how to make a Thanksgiving centrepiece. I’ll be making it mainly out of stuff from my garden. Except the toads. I have a lot of toads this year and even though a Thanksgiving toad centrepiece sounds like the sort of thing nothing could go wrong with, you never can tell.
Have a good weekend and if you’re coming to one of my two workshops let me know and tell me who you are when we finally do meet. If you’re a vegetarian or a vegan don’t worry. No gravy will be used in the making of this centrepiece.