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It’s nearly barbecue season, and if you plan to start grilling and smoking meats, you should consider buying lean or getting a fat trimmer. Not only is it better for your health, but the meat will cook and ultimately taste of higher quality. If meat contains too much fat, you may end up with an extra greasy meal; too much silver skin, and it will be tough to chew.
The Qwick Trimmer has a razor sharp, stainless steel blade to remove fat and silver skin (a thin membrane of connective tissue) in just a few scrapes. To use, make parallel cuts with one hand while keeping your other on the meat to hold it steady. This allows you to make long, easy cuts, rather than chipping away at bits with a knife, which is both tedious and potentially dangerous.
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“This thing is a dream if you need to trim any kind of large piece of meat. It is RAZOR sharp so you have to be careful how much pressure you put on it, or it will cut right into the meat. Very handy to have,” wrote one reviewer on The Grommet, a trusted online kitchen store.
The Qwick Trimmer is especially useful for people who like to smoke brisket or hunters cooking game meat.
“Our son loves to smoke brisket. Without this trimmer, he was taking off too much meat along with the fat. This trimmer makes quick and easy work, and saves more meat! He loves this trimmer!” wrote another reviewer.
While there are a few reasons as to why you might want to trim the fat, one of the best arguments is for healthier cooking. When fat drips over an open flame (like on a grill ), it can create smoke, which can cause the formation of HCAs (heterocyclic amines) and PAHs (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons), according to research and government reports by the National Institute of Cancer. These chemicals have been found to increase the risk of cancer by causing changes in DNA.
Silver skin is also especially unpleasant to eat. When it’s cooked, it doesn’t melt off, but rather gets tough, chewy and can cause meat to curl.
So, save yourself the trouble of trimming meat with a pesky knife, and try a Qwick Trimmer. When you’re done using it, you can toss it in the dishwasher. Prepare yourself for a juicier, more tender cut of meat.
Plus, be sure to check out the video above to see exactly how the Qwick Trimmer works.
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