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How do I eat animal fat?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 23, 2010 at 9:20 PM

I've seen a lot of questions about which fats are best...

...but other than making pemmican and using fat to fry and cook, I have no idea how I'm supposed to eat fat! How would the paleolithic man have eaten fat? How should a 21st century "hugan" eat fat?

Clarification: I am already eating the fat that occurs naturally in the meat as well as skins and livers.

56e8e22796618ea3b817d4aae19c6e33

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on April 21, 2011
at 02:38 PM

Of course! It's paleo!

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on March 12, 2011
at 03:53 PM

Despite making this a staple, are you in good health?

A89f9751a97c3082802dc0bcbe4e9208

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on April 21, 2010
at 08:57 PM

Thanks Tom! Great answer!

A89f9751a97c3082802dc0bcbe4e9208

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on April 20, 2010
at 10:05 PM

Very helpful, Toban! Thanks!

A89f9751a97c3082802dc0bcbe4e9208

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on March 12, 2010
at 06:33 AM

"Hugan" is my venture into naming the people who "eat paleo." I took hu from hunter and ga from gatherer and n from vegan. ;)

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on March 07, 2010
at 10:12 PM

Yum. A new use for all the lard that comes out of my Mexican chickens. They have been especially full of fat this year.

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on March 03, 2010
at 02:23 PM

What's a "hugan"?

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on March 02, 2010
at 06:24 PM

I just did a chicken lard confit and it was AMAZING! http://huntgatherlove.com/content/confit-great-way-get-more-fat-your-diet

A89f9751a97c3082802dc0bcbe4e9208

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on March 02, 2010
at 03:02 AM

Yay! Great suggestion! Thank Melissa!

A89f9751a97c3082802dc0bcbe4e9208

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on February 23, 2010
at 10:28 PM

In Newfoundland (a province in Canada), they add "scrunchions" (small cubes of fat back pork fried to golden brown) to their traditional meal called Fish 'n Brewis: http://www.tidespoint.com/food/fishnbrewis.shtml Along with Jon's blubber suggestions, these are kind of the ideas for which I am looking. How to eat fat...? The "Newfies" fry it!

A89f9751a97c3082802dc0bcbe4e9208

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on February 23, 2010
at 10:16 PM

This is what I'm looking for! Eat whey-cured whale blubber? Snack on the intestinal fat of a lamb? I've never heard of this! Awesome!

A89f9751a97c3082802dc0bcbe4e9208

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on February 23, 2010
at 10:14 PM

Thanks again Glenn! I've updated my question to clarify my intent.

B694ff94abba729b4d1568fc12ff3285

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on February 23, 2010
at 10:12 PM

Hell yeah, would love to have some whale or seal blubber! sounds gnarly man!

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on February 23, 2010
at 10:10 PM

All of this I do! Thanks for confirming it as a good practice! :)

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on February 23, 2010
at 09:43 PM

I have no idea how paleolithic man ate his fat, but this how I eat fat.

  • Fry with fat
  • Add butter (or rendered fat) to everything
  • Make butter (or rendered fat) sauces. Hollandaise, burnt lemon butter, Bernaise.
  • Buy fatty steaks, fry or oven cook, eat them with the fat on.
  • Make soup from really fatty pieces.
  • When making stew out of hearts, I've cut the fat off, fried it and added it to the stew as garnish. Mainly because other family members would rather not have it in their stew, as lamb fat has strong taste.
  • Make sausages!
  • Eat whey-cured whale blubber, seal blubber or intestinal fat of lamb as a snack. (Probably only possible in Iceland though)

Also, check out the recipes at freetheanimal.com

B694ff94abba729b4d1568fc12ff3285

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on February 23, 2010
at 10:12 PM

Hell yeah, would love to have some whale or seal blubber! sounds gnarly man!

A89f9751a97c3082802dc0bcbe4e9208

(13978)

on February 23, 2010
at 10:16 PM

This is what I'm looking for! Eat whey-cured whale blubber? Snack on the intestinal fat of a lamb? I've never heard of this! Awesome!

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9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on March 02, 2010
at 02:31 AM

Confit! I'm using up some of my lard stockpile right now on chicken lard confit. You can confit many meats, but pork belly and duck are the most popular. You can also use any good fat. Olive oil actually works, but as a paleo you should be using LARD, chicken fat, or duck fat. I've heard tallow works, but I have not tried it myself. Here is a resource for non-traditional confits.

Also, if you have some tough and gristly pieces of fat, save them and slow cook them to render the delicious fat out. Some scraps from my rib eye in the crock pot on low = delicious tallow in the morning!

A89f9751a97c3082802dc0bcbe4e9208

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on March 02, 2010
at 03:02 AM

Yay! Great suggestion! Thank Melissa!

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on March 07, 2010
at 10:12 PM

Yum. A new use for all the lard that comes out of my Mexican chickens. They have been especially full of fat this year.

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on March 02, 2010
at 06:24 PM

I just did a chicken lard confit and it was AMAZING! http://huntgatherlove.com/content/confit-great-way-get-more-fat-your-diet

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C76eced60ac16a6a95551cf2f319820f

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on April 21, 2010
at 07:55 PM

Someone should definintely mention marrow. For quite a bit of the year game meat is lean, but marrow is always good to go. Butchers practically give marrow bones away to good customers. Say you want them for your dog.

Ways with marrow:

-melt it into sauces -roast it -boil it -stir into scrambled eggs until its melted -Use it as you would cream in savoury dishes -Melt and create a hollandaise-like sauce to go over vegetables. -Roast the bones for making brown stock, but then roast your mirepoix in the marrow.

be inventive. For Marrow is possibly the most delicious thing in the world, closely followed by roasted fat, then meat.

A89f9751a97c3082802dc0bcbe4e9208

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on April 21, 2010
at 08:57 PM

Thanks Tom! Great answer!

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E35e3d76547b18096a59c90029e7e107

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on February 25, 2010
at 09:13 AM

Have you tried roasting your (very fatty joint of meat) with some suitable veg in the bottom? That way it can roast in and soak up all the fat coming off the meat. Makes for a very easy one-tin cooking process too.

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on February 23, 2010
at 09:44 PM

For eating lean muscle flesh, sauces are a necessity. Learn how to make a basic emulsion sauce using rendered animal fats. Then you can change it up with whatever seasonings and flavors you want.

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56e8e22796618ea3b817d4aae19c6e33

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on April 20, 2010
at 09:30 PM

Melt lard into mashed tubers. Have a look at this: How to Eat Lard

A89f9751a97c3082802dc0bcbe4e9208

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on April 20, 2010
at 10:05 PM

Very helpful, Toban! Thanks!

2f54dbe892ec89b12d1db686568e885a

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on March 12, 2011
at 03:53 PM

Despite making this a staple, are you in good health?

56e8e22796618ea3b817d4aae19c6e33

(474)

on April 21, 2011
at 02:38 PM

Of course! It's paleo!

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on March 14, 2010
at 03:56 PM

As many have said, I choose the fattiest cuts of meat and cook everything in bacon grease, lard,or coconut / olive oil. I fry almost everything (nom!) or roast it, basting often with pure fats.

I also slather nearly everything in butter, lol, and cook with plenty of heavy cream. :)

When I can get pork fat from my butcher (rare, since he grinds it up for his sausages) I will eat the plain fat, fried. I confess that if I eat 8-10 oz at a time it will tend to mess with my guts but that hasn't stopped me yet. Fried pork fat is my idea of the ideal food.

Great. now I'm hungry! droooool

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5ebeec76e20738d0a17cd724d64b1e0f

on March 02, 2010
at 01:33 AM

I use plenty of cream and butter, both for cooking, and cream (or homemade half-and-half) for snacks. That gets me up to 70% to 75% fat intake pretty easily.

You can also use a little olive oil (MUFA) or coconut oil in your cooking or on salads (not animal fats, but still healthy).

When choosing meat, don't pick the ultra-lean cuts; go for the less-expensive, but more fatty cuts.

You might try using a site like fitday.com (once in a while) to see where your fat percentages end up, based on a typical day's diet.

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65125edd5aafad39b3d5b3a8b4a36bb7

on February 25, 2010
at 01:14 AM

One luscious bite at a time.

1
03aeff8d87a3b53a449b5b8e9158da98

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on February 23, 2010
at 09:40 PM

In general, don't be afraid of eating the fat that occurs naturally in the meat. You don't need to eat gristle, obviously, but you also don't need to trim every shred of fat away. It's nutritious and delicious!

Also... bacon (preferably nitrite-free, organically raised), marbled cuts of grass-fed beef, fattier/dark meat for poultry (e.g. thighs instead of breasts stripped of all fat, preferably free-range/pastured), if cooking a whole chicken you should eat the skin, organ meats (esp. liver), etc.

A89f9751a97c3082802dc0bcbe4e9208

(13978)

on February 23, 2010
at 10:10 PM

All of this I do! Thanks for confirming it as a good practice! :)

A89f9751a97c3082802dc0bcbe4e9208

(13978)

on February 23, 2010
at 10:14 PM

Thanks again Glenn! I've updated my question to clarify my intent.

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on July 06, 2010
at 12:17 AM

Have some fun with bacon fat :) Use it to wilt greens, use it as the oil in your salad dressing, make mayo with it! Fry mashed cauliflower in it... nummmmm.

Fried, crunchy cracklins (left over after you render lard) make amazing paleo 'croutons' for salads.

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on April 21, 2010
at 01:00 AM

When I make my scrambled eggs every morning, I start by cooking 2 or 3 TBs of frozen suet from the bag in the freezer, then add the eggs after it's rendered a fair amount of liquid fat, and the fat chunks are translucent. (The smoke detector goes off if I try to crisp the fat first. :-/ )

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7c8b5e92f554615fff31890eb1d80600

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on March 02, 2010
at 02:13 AM

coconut milk, make shakes with it or drink it straight, one can is about 60 grams of fat depending on brand, check out several brands and fat amounts to find what works best for your needs

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