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Where to get beef fat (for cooking with) in Spain? (carne de goteo?)

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 13, 2012 at 10:25 AM

We are having a problem trying to buy tubs or blocks of beef fat for cooking with. Lard (pork fat. "Manteca") is no problem to get and there is a tasty Ib??rico lard available here but I really want to track down beef fat.
Am I right in thinking it is called "carne de goteo"? How can I get it?

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on April 14, 2012
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I used to get chicken fat from my local shop. She would save it for me. Then the chicken business changed. Now, the chicken suppliers will send out the chickens to the shops without any innards and the fat neatly trimmed off. Probably a side-deal with cat and dog food companies. I think there is fat there for the taking... however it will generally not be what paleo people call "grass-fed".

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on April 14, 2012
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Right. "Normal" people do not eat fat and are insulted if the butcher does not trim it off. In most small "tiendas" the owners end up throwing it away. Perhaps in large supermarket chains they have deals with some company which buys it (cheaply of course), and converts it into products like soap, etc.

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I was talking to a mate last week (coincidentally while he was killing his last two turkeys) about where to get good meat on the island. He suggested the butcher at a small supermarket nearby. Missus D went there a few days ago and got some very good pork leg and also asked if he sold pork skin (very difficult to get here). He cut her a nice piece off of one of the joints and said she could have it for free. The meat and extra skin (for crackling) were very good so she is going to be buying a lot more meat there in future. I will ask her to speak to the butcher about trimmed off fat.

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Cbda678b2a6bf0537d8c4ea0ce8aa9ad

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on April 13, 2012
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I have never seen beef fat for sale in my area of Spain... southwest, lots of pigs. "Beef drippings" (carne de goteo, o simplemente grasa de ternera)) literally.

Neither have I seen sheep or lamb fat commercially produced and sold. I save my own lamb fat from cooking and use it it many dishes. Lamb is generally very fatty.

You could look for fatty cuts of beef at the butchers, or, better still, as the craze is for lean meat, butchers tend to trim off the fat and throw it away. A friendly butcher is what I would try if I was in your situation.

My situation is farm country, where most folks, including myself, kill their own animals.

Cbda678b2a6bf0537d8c4ea0ce8aa9ad

(4319)

on April 14, 2012
at 07:25 AM

Right. "Normal" people do not eat fat and are insulted if the butcher does not trim it off. In most small "tiendas" the owners end up throwing it away. Perhaps in large supermarket chains they have deals with some company which buys it (cheaply of course), and converts it into products like soap, etc.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on April 13, 2012
at 10:17 PM

I was talking to a mate last week (coincidentally while he was killing his last two turkeys) about where to get good meat on the island. He suggested the butcher at a small supermarket nearby. Missus D went there a few days ago and got some very good pork leg and also asked if he sold pork skin (very difficult to get here). He cut her a nice piece off of one of the joints and said she could have it for free. The meat and extra skin (for crackling) were very good so she is going to be buying a lot more meat there in future. I will ask her to speak to the butcher about trimmed off fat.

Cbda678b2a6bf0537d8c4ea0ce8aa9ad

(4319)

on April 14, 2012
at 07:25 AM

I used to get chicken fat from my local shop. She would save it for me. Then the chicken business changed. Now, the chicken suppliers will send out the chickens to the shops without any innards and the fat neatly trimmed off. Probably a side-deal with cat and dog food companies. I think there is fat there for the taking... however it will generally not be what paleo people call "grass-fed".

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