How to de-grease stews and casseroles

According to Rob McCue, of the TV show Hell’s Kitchen, if your stew, casserole, soup or similar is too greasy or fatty, simply drop in an ice cube. The ice will coagulate the fat, which you can then easily scoop out, and voilà, you have de-greased your meal.  A very useful tip to remember, I feel, especially in this sort of weather when all you want is a hot, steaming bowl of nourishment to welcome you in from the howling gales and driving sleet. Since when did you have to dress like you were venturing across the Arctic Circle to get to lectures on a morning?!

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