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white fuzz on raw beef fat trimmings

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 18, 2012 at 6:51 AM

is that mold?

close-up picture of my raw beef fat trimmings. Has anyone seen this before? Is it mold?

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on February 18, 2012
at 08:27 AM

I thought it was suet but wasn't sure. I'm guessing this is the first time you've dealt with suet. The red areas are pieces of kidney and they have a pretty strong flavor. You might want to cut out all the red spots before you use the suet, depending on what you do with it.

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on February 18, 2012
at 07:59 AM

Oh snap, I think you're right. Thanks, dude. Saved me from tossing 20lbs of grass-fed suet!

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on February 18, 2012
at 07:07 AM

It looks like mould, but can't be sure.

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82166cc32b6cf26de33b69f58fb583b1

on February 18, 2012
at 07:58 AM

It's hard to tell from the picture but your fuzz looks like a film of connective tissue. You often see this tissue in suet, which is the hard fat surrounding the kidneys. When you pull suet apart with your fingers, thin sheets of this stuff stretch between the pieces. If that's what your fuzz is, it's normal.

Edit: Here's a picture (second one down) of the membrane that surrounds suet. If this link breaks, Google "pull off the papery membrane".

http://jennifermclagan.blogspot.com/2009/02/suet-dont-waste-it-on-birds.html

82166cc32b6cf26de33b69f58fb583b1

on February 18, 2012
at 08:27 AM

I thought it was suet but wasn't sure. I'm guessing this is the first time you've dealt with suet. The red areas are pieces of kidney and they have a pretty strong flavor. You might want to cut out all the red spots before you use the suet, depending on what you do with it.

F77c6462cf6596fe6dabeeb5931821ab

(365)

on February 18, 2012
at 07:59 AM

Oh snap, I think you're right. Thanks, dude. Saved me from tossing 20lbs of grass-fed suet!

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