Hi, I was wondering if you guys recommend buying some animal fat from a grocery store? I saw some goose and pork fat in glass jars in Tesco. Do you think they're ok? They also have som cheaper ones in plastic containers... Or should I get it from some local butcher? I ask cause I don't have access to any farm or organic kind of stuff.
asked byYurdo (15)
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on March 10, 2011
at 12:03 PM
Lard (pork fat) normally has preservatives (BHT). I know Tesco's does in the UK (it's on the label).
Beef drippings are normally free of additives since it is more shelf stable, but it's difficult to know the quality of the animal it came from. You could try asking Tesco.
I used to look for animal fat in stores, but no more!
My lunches get their meat from slow cooked roasts (only need to cook 1-2/week). The side affect is more fat than I can ever use and lots of gelatin rich stock.
Once I wanted lots of fat so cooked a few lamb breast (also called belly) from Sainsbury. Like pork belly (aka bacon) it is very fatty. From that I got a big jar of fat along with the tasty meat. Though typically I go with lamb shoulders and legs for lots of meat and still plenty of fat.
Want to buy my fat?
on April 07, 2011
at 06:36 PM
They have packages of suet at our grocery store. I'm not sure if that's fat or not. It's sort of pinkish and crumbly. Is that tallow?
on March 24, 2011
at 05:38 PM
I've bought duck fat from Sainsbury and Waitrose and it seems fine. I get the fat in a glass jar - the label says pure duck fat. It is lovely to cook with - though I usually render my own cooking fats from pork fat or from fresh duck.
I'm sure it will be OK - the canning process preserves it so it probably doesn't need any further treatments.