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How long can I keep the fat from bone broth in the fridge?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 26, 2012 at 5:02 AM

hi all

I want to use the fat for cooking which I collect off the top of bone broth or stewing meats. how long will the collected fat last in the fridge in an airtight container?

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on September 26, 2012
at 11:01 PM

ok thanks, I'll just keep an eye on it and try to use it up as quick as i can

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on September 26, 2012
at 01:45 PM

Same here, if I have a lot of fat, I put it in smaller portions in the freezer. A muffin tin also works well like ice cube trays.

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on September 26, 2012
at 05:35 AM

But keep it tightly sealed, fat attracts all kinds of flavors and odors

4e98420c55180862f3a3815339749ed4

on September 26, 2012
at 05:17 AM

great thanks, I was worried it had a short life like the "3 day in the fridge" chicken rule!

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on September 26, 2012
at 05:10 AM

Weeks and months, provided it is just the fat and there is no water or other stuff in the container.

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on September 26, 2012
at 05:35 AM

But keep it tightly sealed, fat attracts all kinds of flavors and odors

4e98420c55180862f3a3815339749ed4

on September 26, 2012
at 05:17 AM

great thanks, I was worried it had a short life like the "3 day in the fridge" chicken rule!

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on September 26, 2012
at 10:12 AM

I regularly collect fat every time I roast a duck or goose. I pour it into ice cube trays and once the cubes are frozen, I just pop them into a freezer bag. The fat will be fine seemingly indefinitely in the freezer. Every time I make soup, I just throw a fat cube into the pot to saute the vegetables in. I have also done this with lard. Once I just kept a jar of duck fat in the fridge and it seemed fine for several months. It did reach a point where it was obviously musty smelling, so I think you can also trust your nose.

94480caec9fbbaacc386d86a45efa720

(1007)

on September 26, 2012
at 01:45 PM

Same here, if I have a lot of fat, I put it in smaller portions in the freezer. A muffin tin also works well like ice cube trays.

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on September 26, 2012
at 05:18 AM

I use it til it smells bad as is or when it's cooked with. Typically many months, although there are times when it's gone through quickly..

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on September 26, 2012
at 01:04 PM

Just be weary for stuff growing on the surface and use your nose.

I've found it doesn't have the shelf life I have come to expect from rendered tallow.

I think this is mainly because the fat at the top of the broth is in contact with water (whereas with my suet the last part of the extraction has all the water boiled off). Just because the fat looks pure doesn't mean it is - it actually has a fairly concentration of water due to equilibrium solubility. I've had broth fat stored in the fridge covered with plastic develop mold within two weeks. I can be pretty careless though as I have a regular supply of the stuff coming from my slow cooker.

4e98420c55180862f3a3815339749ed4

on September 26, 2012
at 11:01 PM

ok thanks, I'll just keep an eye on it and try to use it up as quick as i can

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