"Discover Cooking, Discuss Life."

Go Back   Discuss Cooking - Cooking Forums > General Cooking Information > General Cooking
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 12-11-2015, 10:35 AM   #11
Master Chef
 
Chief Longwind Of The North's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: USA,Michigan
Posts: 9,229
Different fats have different flavors. Chicken fat is widely used in Jewish recipes. I believe the term used is Schmalz. Calrified butter, known as Ghee in Middle eastern cuisine is another popular fat. Rendered beef fat is known as tallow and is a wonderful fat for frying potatoes. Duck fat is also a favorite for potatoes. Pork fat is known as lard, and is used in pastries. Of course, if it comes from bacon, it has that smokey flavor and is a favorite for frying eggs, and adding flavor to baked beans or anywhere bacon flavor is desired.

I have combined various fats, taking into account that each has its own, unique flavor. For instance, a combination of chicken and beef fat tastes very similar to turkey fat. Goose fat is similar in flavor to beef fat, etc.

The trick is to blend the flavors into something you desire, just like you blend the various flavors of herbs and spices. You can't just throw a bunch of different flavors together and expect to get something great. You can mix fats to achieve a specific flavor profile and get something great.

Seeeeeya; Chief Longwind of the North
__________________

__________________
“No amount of success outside the home can compensate for failure within the home…"

Check out my blog for the friendliest cooking instruction on the net. Go ahead. You know you want to.- http://gwnorthsfamilycookin.wordpress.com/
Chief Longwind Of The North is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-11-2015, 12:44 PM   #12
Chef Extraordinaire
 
Addie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: East Boston, MA
Posts: 19,017
Quote:
Originally Posted by Chief Longwind Of The North View Post
Different fats have different flavors. Chicken fat is widely used in Jewish recipes. I believe the term used is Schmalz. Calrified butter, known as Ghee in Middle eastern cuisine is another popular fat. Rendered beef fat is known as tallow and is a wonderful fat for frying potatoes. Duck fat is also a favorite for potatoes. Pork fat is known as lard, and is used in pastries. Of course, if it comes from bacon, it has that smokey flavor and is a favorite for frying eggs, and adding flavor to baked beans or anywhere bacon flavor is desired.

I have combined various fats, taking into account that each has its own, unique flavor. For instance, a combination of chicken and beef fat tastes very similar to turkey fat. Goose fat is similar in flavor to beef fat, etc.

The trick is to blend the flavors into something you desire, just like you blend the various flavors of herbs and spices. You can't just throw a bunch of different flavors together and expect to get something great. You can mix fats to achieve a specific flavor profile and get something great.

Seeeeeya; Chief Longwind of the North
Nobody told my mother that. All fat went into that can and she used it for biscuits and pie crusts. Light, and full of flavor. Very rarely did she ever buy a can of Crisco. Most of that fat was from pork products. When we had a smoked shoulder, she would cut some, not all the fat off and render it for the can. Then what was left was cooked down to crispy and a snack to munch on. A fresh pork shoulder gave her even more fat for the can. When she would make hamburger with gravy, she poured off most of the fat for the can. The rest was for the roux.

Then when I got married to my first husband he was surprised that I knew about "the can of fat."
__________________

__________________
Illegitimi non carborundum!
I don't want my last words to be, "I wish I had spent more time doing housework"
Addie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-15-2015, 07:41 AM   #13
Assistant Cook
 
Join Date: Nov 2015
Location: Ohio
Posts: 2
Quote:
Originally Posted by Chief Longwind Of The North View Post
Different fats have different flavors. Chicken fat is widely used in Jewish recipes. I believe the term used is Schmalz. Calrified butter, known as Ghee in Middle eastern cuisine is another popular fat. Rendered beef fat is known as tallow and is a wonderful fat for frying potatoes. Duck fat is also a favorite for potatoes. Pork fat is known as lard, and is used in pastries. Of course, if it comes from bacon, it has that smokey flavor and is a favorite for frying eggs, and adding flavor to baked beans or anywhere bacon flavor is desired.

I have combined various fats, taking into account that each has its own, unique flavor. For instance, a combination of chicken and beef fat tastes very similar to turkey fat. Goose fat is similar in flavor to beef fat, etc.

The trick is to blend the flavors into something you desire, just like you blend the various flavors of herbs and spices. You can't just throw a bunch of different flavors together and expect to get something great. You can mix fats to achieve a specific flavor profile and get something great.

Seeeeeya; Chief Longwind of the North
Very useful info. I'm new at cooking and trying to go "old school" regarding the use of fats in cooking. My mom also had the can of fat on the stove and I remember her saving the bacon drippings but never anything else. My first girlfriend would save the juice from the meat she cooked (usually beef) and after one or 2 steaks would make a gravy that absolutely exploded on my tongue. Still haven't found anything else that good.

Thanks to all for their contributions.
__________________

__________________
An Uncommon Man is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
fat

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



» Discuss Cooking on Facebook

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:03 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.