Skimmer . Very useful kitchen instrument to remove food from the fryer or frying pan as they acquire their ideal frying point, such as (fried potatoes, croquettes, fritters, etc.).


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  • 1 Definition
  • 2 Objective
  • 3 Description
  • 4 Usefulness and method of use
  • 5 Sources


The Royal Spanish Academy proposes that it comes from the verb (De espumar), of a feminine gender and is the slightly concave palette, and with holes, with which the broth or any other liquid is foamed to purify it, or what is removed from the frying pan fry in it.


Kitchen utensil used to remove fried or cooked food from the inside of the pan or saucepan, although this instrument is also used to foam (remove foam from broths or liquids), and that is where its name comes from.


Its shape, although varied, essentially consists of a long handle and a pallet with holes or slots that facilitate the passage of liquids and the solids that will be removed to be served.

Generally it is made of metals such as aluminum , sin, silver or nickel-steel, among others, many of them are combined in nickel or bronze processes, although other materials such as plastics, some synthetic fibers, carbon and even wood.

Usefulness and method of use

This utensil is used in the kitchen, its main use is to remove fried or cooked food from the container where the cooking is carried out, in addition to moving them, facilitating better cooking, although it is also used to de-foam broths, and that is where its origin comes from. Name.

It is widely used in the preparation of fried foods, rice , soups, etc. When using it, it is strongly supported by its handle or rope, which is usually covered with heat-insulating materials, its other end (the perforated one) is inserted into the container to move or remove food.

To guarantee better hygiene and conservation of the utensil, it is recommended to rinse with hot water to remove the grease well before daily washing.


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