Follow these tips for the healthiest cooking methods.
- Bake, broil, roast, steam, microwave, poach, grill or stir-fry with only a little oil.
- Use non-stick pans.
- Spray a light coating of vegetable oil in place of liquid oil or butter, or cook with defatted broth, bouillon, fruit juices, or wine.
- Trim any visible fat from meats before cooking.
- Place meats on a rack and pour off fat after cooking.
- Baste meats with wine, orange juice, or lemon juice instead of fat drippings.
- Chill meat juices and skim off fat before using in gravies, soups, and stews. You can also purchase a fat separator. When you pour meat juices into this container, the fat rises to the top and separates from the meat juices so that you can pour out only the juices without the fat. You can get a fat separator at a kitchenware store or the housewares department of larger stores.
- Remove skin from poultry or turkey before serving.
- Thicken sauces and soups with skim or 1% milk and a little flour or cornstarch rather than whole-milk products.
All these methods reduce fat without reducing flavor.