How do I remove fat from gravy?

Of all the Thanksgiving dishes, traditional gravy often contains the greatest fat content. This year, give your gravy a healthy makeover by removing fat, so no one has to pass on this flavor-filled favorite.
  • Remove fat from meat and poultry juices with a spoon or a fat-separating pitcher.
  • Fat may also be removed by placing pan drippings in the refrigerator, which will cause the fat to slightly harden and it may then be easily removed with a spoon.
Every tablespoon of fat you remove from gravy or pan juice subtracts about 120 calories and 13 grams of fat.

Continue Learning about Fats


At 9 calories per gram, fats can add up quickly in your diet, yet experts recommend that you get only 7% of your calorie intake from fat. Fats also affect your cholesterol, and there are both good and bad fats. The best kind of fa...

ts are called unsaturated fats, and can be found in oils like olive and canola oils, nuts and seeds. These fats can help your body get rid of cholesterol. Saturated fats often have had hydrogen added to them to make them more solid. Other saturated fats are found in cream, butter and meats. They can raise your blood cholesterol. Its wise to learn which is which and check nutrition labels to make proper choices.

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