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No longer perfect, but the best I've found
on February 2, 2008
UPDATE: February 2014
After about five years of use, the black rubbery grip on the handle of my OXO fat separator fell off. It's possible to slide it back into place and use the cup as usual, but the grip no longer stays on by itself. I now store the grip inside the cup when not in use. Although I could contact OXO and might receive a replacement cup, I don't really mind replacing the grip each time I use the cup. I can't see throwing away something that still serves its purpose. "Use it up; wear it out; make it do or do without" has been my motto for years. Anyway - I changed my rating to four stars because of the inconvenience of the faulty grip.
Here is my original 2008 review:
I positively love my OXO fat separator! It holds a good amount of liquid, but not so much as to be difficult to pour. The lid helps strain out the solids, but if you want your broth to be absolutely clear, put a piece of cheesecloth over the lid.
IMPORTANT - the little black stopper MUST be inserted in the pouring spout before you add liquids to the cup or the fat will simply rise up in the spout. The stopper creates a vacuum, forcing the fat into the main body of the cup. When you're ready to pour, remove the stopper and the fat will remain floating in the body of the cup.
This cup is made out of high-quality plastic and washes up well in the dishwasher. It doesn't stain when you wash it with the tomato sauces! I've used mine for a couple of years and it's as good as new. I wouldn't make gravy or broth without it.