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LSU Piston
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Removing the oil from gumbo



How do you guys do it? I feel like I'm skimming the top forever, removing too much liquid.

I've heard of people waiting for it to cool down, turning the oil into 'chunks' that float to the top. Any truth to this? I can't imagine waiting for the gumbo to cool down. Usually I want to throw my mouth in the pot soon after I make it.




coolpapaboze
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re: Removing the oil from gumbo
I use eithter a boom, or some carbon eating bacteria.


MeridianDog
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re: Removing the oil from gumbo
try taking a paper towel and gently laying it on the top. then remove oit and throw it away. two or three times and most of the oil is gone.

works at my house.


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re: Removing the oil from gumbo
I think Kevin Costner has a machine that does this rather well.....


MeridianDog
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re: Removing the oil from gumbo
Excellent response

BP hired guys to remove it. Had friends who got rich that way.


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Motorboat
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re: Removing the oil from gumbo
Make a dry roux and you'll have to skim much less.


LSU Piston
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re: Removing the oil from gumbo
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I think Kevin Costner has a machine that does this rather well.....





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LSU Piston
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re: Removing the oil from gumbo
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try taking a paper towel and gently laying it on the top. then remove oit and throw it away. two or three times and most of the oil is gone.

works at my house.




Never even thought of this.


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LSU Piston
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re: Removing the oil from gumbo
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Make a dry roux


What's this?


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Catman88
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re: Removing the oil from gumbo
A good way to do it if you have time... Make a stock with a chicken and get the oil out then. Put stock in freezer allow to harden enough to scrap oil off top layer then heat back up for use. That takes out a lot of oil. Make sure the temp of liquid is close to that of the roux or it will break up and give you more oil from the roux. When I make stock in advance I have very little oil to skim.


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re: Removing the oil from gumbo
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A good way to do it if you have time... Make a stock with a chicken and get the oil out then. Put stock in freezer allow to harden enough to scrap oil off top layer then heat back up for use. That takes out a lot of oil. Make sure the temp of liquid is close to that of the roux or it will break up and give you more oil from the roux. When I make stock in advance I have very little oil to skim.
what he said


yellowfin
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re: Removing the oil from gumbo
I always cook my gumbo the day before i want to eat it so when I take it out the fridge to reheat I remove the solid oil.


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Gris Gris
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re: Removing the oil from gumbo
I don't get much, if any, liquid when I'm removing the oil from mine. I just spoon it off. Comes mostly from the sausage/andouille. Gumbo is always better the next day, but I've never put it in the fridge to harden the grease first.

The advice on removing the fat from the stock before using it is good.

Using a dry roux is not the answer. You're going to have fat from the sausage unless you use that and you shouldn't have a bunch of oil from the roux unless it separates.
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Zach
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re: Removing the oil from gumbo
If I'm making it for a party I use a ladle and gently scoop some fat out. If I'm cooking for the fridge I just throw it in tupperware and lift out the chunks of fat congealed on top. Very easy.


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LSUTygerFan
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re: Removing the oil from gumbo
I've heard of people using bread for this.


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Corn Dawg Nation
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re: Removing the oil from gumbo
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I think Kevin Costner has a machine that does this rather well.....


This is funny. I


Motorboat
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re: Removing the oil from gumbo
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what he said


Not even close. Spread flour out over a baking sheet and put in a 375 oven. When it browns a bit, stir the flour and return to oven. Repeat until it all gets browned to desired color. Boil your stock and add the browned flour to thicken. Same as a roux without the oil. Healthier, easier and it tastes better if you ask me.


Tiger inTampa
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re: Removing the oil from gumbo
Mama did it with a clean dish towel I use Bounty. Works every time.


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Motorboat
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re: Removing the oil from gumbo
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Using a dry roux is not the answer.


how did I know you'd disagree with me? While it may not eliminate all the grease, I'd venture to say a dry roux would eliminate about a cup of oil (the standard amount most use to make a roux).


Catman88
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re: Removing the oil from gumbo
I find the most oil comes from the chicken. I never have a lot of oil from the roux.



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