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Do You Cook With Animal Fat?

I recently made croutons that were coated in bacon fat instead of butter or oil. They were the best croutons I've ever had. Many chefs, like Michael Symon, swear by cooking with pork or duck fat. After tasting the croutons, I plan on experimenting more with animal fat. Duck fat French fries, anyone? How about you?

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danakscully64 danakscully64 7 years
No - I'm a vegetarian and don't cook unhealthy meat to begin with. It honestly scares me to hear people say they like the flavor payoff of animal fat because it's just another ingredient I have to ask about when I eat out at a restaurant or at a friends house.
danakscully64 danakscully64 7 years
aijia - "I don't want to have to ask everyone if the croutons are vegan. =( " Typically they're not, many contain milk :( I've found vegan croutons before though. Some companies use croutons made with anchovies, so be careful!
SweetFirefly SweetFirefly 7 years! I'm a vegetarian.
aijia aijia 7 years
No! And as a vegan it makes it really difficult because it turns lots of vegan food into non-vegan food. I don't want to have to ask everyone if the croutons are vegan. =(
weffie weffie 7 years
Lol I didn't mean to come off QUITE that bitchy... I just really, really love ducks :)
muse2323 muse2323 7 years
I cook with animal fat rarely--bacon fat, sometimes.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
Hell no. :) I can't remember the last time I ate bacon. There are reasons my HDL cholesterol is higher than my LDL, and this is one of them. :)
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 7 years
btw i cook with bacon grease alot, nothing better than eggs in bacon drippings!
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 7 years
I love being greedy and selfish and skinny and eating baby cows, cute pigs and cute little ducks...they are yummy.
betty-kraker betty-kraker 7 years
i love to cook veggies with bacon grease like fried brussel sprouts
ayuninur ayuninur 7 years
AlexisSF AlexisSF 7 years
i'm not opposed to eating it, but i have never cooked with it.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
Yep, I use lard and bacon drippings all the time. I wish I could afford to use duck and goose fat more often because the flavor of duck fat is fantastic. I also use butter a lot, but nothing beats the flavor of bacon drippings. skigurl--Incidentally, my dad has a friend who is in his early 60's and cooks with lard just about every day and he's in fantastic health and probably weighs 150 lbs soaking wet. Eating fat doesn't make you fat; it's excess calories that'll do that to you.
shoneyjoe shoneyjoe 7 years
Sure I save animal fat for cooking. Bacon drippings and duck fat are both amazing additions to fried rice, roasted potatoes, and even scrambled eggs, I poach mushrooms in duck fat, and I have made suet crusts for pie. I am amazed at some of the almost cartoonish opinions on this post - deserving to be fat, vom, and the like. The way I see it, if I'm going to be the end result for slaughtering a pig (ie. to fill my desire for tasty, tasty bacon), I've also got a bit of a duty to make sure that the rest of him (or her) doesn't go to waste. To that end, I'll try to use every part of an animal. When I was in the UK, we had duck for sale one day at the supermarket. I broke that duck down, roasted the meat, rendered out all of the fat, and made skin cracklings, stock, soup, and the like out of what was left over. To do any less would have been, to my opinion, significantly undignified.
Hello890 Hello890 7 years
Haven't read through all the comments, so forgive me if I repeat anything... Butter and lard are actually VERY healthy to cook with. Some believe that manufactured cooking oils such as canola oil, vegetable oil, etc. are harmful, because of the damage to the fatty acids and cell membranes (they're exposed to light, processed at extremely high temperatures, turn rancid, etc.).....BUT, there's lots of controversy on this topic, so I won't go into it further. Weffie, as for cruelty to animals... I'm finding it more and more difficult to bear the inhumanity and ugliness that comes with the farming methods used with these poor creatures. However, I don't think eliminating them from your diet is the answer. There are alternatives, like free-range animal products (which I'm going to start purchasing).
limelindsey limelindsey 7 years
One of our local grocery store chains sells duck fat for cooking. Never tried it but I've heard raves about the fries! Might be worth a splurge, but maybe not right now - kind of want to save my splurging calories for cookies!
fuzzles fuzzles 7 years
Nothing like the first asparagus of the spring sauteed in a bit of bacon fat!
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 7 years
skigurl, do you really think all people who eat bacon or use meat fats "deserve to be obese", or that they even are? I like your comments usually but that is just so hateful and closed-minded to me. I eat a very well-balanced diet and sometimes will order that side of bacon with my eggs instead of fruit.... does that make me a generally unhealthy person? absolutely not. I'm sorry you can't see that way.
hollspd hollspd 7 years
I, like many others here, save my bacon fat. Haven't tried the other types but am not opposed to it!
mek123 mek123 7 years
There should be a sometimes choice. If I'm cooking bacon, then I use the fat for eggs and/or hash-browns, otherwise no. Will have to try duck fat, sounds amazing.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
I always save my bacon fat, like many others (or just use it right away for another part of the meal).
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