A stainless steel skimmer is a kitchen tool consisting of a long handle and a flat, perforated head made of stainless steel. It is designed for removing solid particles or excess liquids from liquids during cooking or serving.
- Skimming and straining soups or stocks: The stainless steel skimmer is commonly used to skim off impurities, foam, or excess fat that rises to the surface of soups, stocks, or broths. The perforations in the head allow for efficient separation while retaining the desired liquid.
- Draining fried foods: When removing fried foods from oil or cooking liquids, the skimmer can be used to drain off excess oil or liquid, ensuring a lighter and less greasy final product.
- Removing blanched vegetables: The skimmer is useful for lifting blanched vegetables, such as blanched greens or boiled potatoes, from boiling water, allowing them to drain and preventing them from becoming waterlogged.
- Straining pasta or noodles: The stainless steel skimmer can be employed to strain cooked pasta or noodles from boiling water, facilitating the transfer to a serving dish or sauce.
- Serving boiled or steamed seafood: The skimmer is commonly used to lift and drain boiled or steamed seafood, such as shrimp, clams, or mussels, before transferring them to a serving platter. It ensures that excess liquid is removed, preventing the dilution of flavors.