Gadget name: Trudeau Gravy Separator with Integrated Strainer
It looks like: The lovechild between a filtered-water carafe and a measuring cup.
How it’s supposed to work: Liquid fat must be separated from the drippings of a roast before making gravy. This fat separator is essentially a pitcher with the pouring spout set into its base, like the small watering cans used to reach houseplants in high spots. When the liquid settles in the container, you can pour it off, stopping just before the layer of fat floating on the liquid’s surface reaches the opening for the spout.
How we tested it: We poured in the drippings from a roast.
How it actually works: The Trudeau outperformed the other fat separators we tried, separating the fat easily and cleanly.
My favorite part: This gadget has a big capacity, as it holds 4 cups of liquid. A lot of fat separators are just too skimpy. There you are, balancing the giant hot roasting pan as you’re trying to pour off fat and drippings, and the bad ones fill up before all the yummy drippings get in. Big mess, big pain. The strainer helps here, too, because solids stay out of the chamber rather than pushing up the liquid levels and blocking the spout.
Best for: Big, festive occasions, such as when you’re making gravy for all your relatives at large family gatherings.
Overall: This thing is cheap and basic, but it’s got a huge capacity. It’s easy to clean (dishwasher safe!), and it really works.