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Uses for leftover animal fat- your ideas and experiences (soap?)

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created November 27, 2012 at 3:39 AM

I go through periods where I braise fatty cuts quite often and a result of this is having a lot of leftover lamb and beef tallow (and some duck fat and lard, more infrequently...) that can be retrieved after a broth is refigerated. I melt it in broth sometimes, melt over vegetables sometimes, fry and saute with it sometimes, but still have a lot leftover fat perennially that I'm reticent to throw out. Recently I came across a suggestion to make soap with it, ala http://chemistry.about.com/cs/howtos/ht/makesoap.htm . This seems like a good idea as it involves not wasting the fat and actually getting some sort of benefit from them in terms of hygiene. If you have any thoughts about this, please share...

To this end, I'm interested in the ways you use leftover animal fat, have experienced it being used or think how it would be fruitful to be used (et cetera). Novel and bulk uses in particular but your experinces and thoughts in general would be great to engage with!

For example - has anyone had experience with making soap from animal fats? etc.

Thanks.

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

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on November 27, 2012
at 03:14 PM

Pain in the ass. In my house, we say "pita."

Eed7dabde3d61910685845e04605267f

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on November 27, 2012
at 12:13 PM

Why? (by the way, what does PIA stand for?)

Eed7dabde3d61910685845e04605267f

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on November 27, 2012
at 05:17 AM

Yeah, it's an intriguing prospect for sure... I often cook for people other than myself at the same time and they aren't as keen on the condiment usages. Maybe I should donate it to the deep fryer of the household lol...

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1398eff69b192c35de5e0dbaad59052a

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on November 27, 2012
at 07:32 AM

Lard is great in soap, lbut eftover fats from cooking is NOT. Also, different oils have different saponification values, so calculating it all will be PIA.

Eed7dabde3d61910685845e04605267f

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on November 27, 2012
at 12:13 PM

Why? (by the way, what does PIA stand for?)

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

(11058)

on November 27, 2012
at 03:14 PM

Pain in the ass. In my house, we say "pita."

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on November 27, 2012
at 04:27 AM

If you keep the fat in a glass jar in a freezer, it will keep for up to a year, so you can have time to decide what to do with it. Personally, I always manage to use extra fat as a condiment and in recipes, but soap sounds very cool.

Eed7dabde3d61910685845e04605267f

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on November 27, 2012
at 05:17 AM

Yeah, it's an intriguing prospect for sure... I often cook for people other than myself at the same time and they aren't as keen on the condiment usages. Maybe I should donate it to the deep fryer of the household lol...

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