Draining off fats that are released from frying meat or pouring off roasting fats into a bowl gives a slightly burned, dirty fat, full of all sorts from the cooking process - this is "dripping".
You can make a purer fat by rendering slices of fat.
Ask your butcher for some fat - it will almost certainly be free if you also buy some meat, pennies of you don't.
I had a load left over from some belly pork I had cooked just for the meat - the fat was not required in the recipe:
Simply dice and drop into a frying pan on a medium heat.
Clear liquid fat will render out, so periodically pour that off through a sieve into a ramekin.
Repeat a number of times, even pressing down the fat to fully release any final juices.
You will be left with a clear, slightly off white liquid which will cool to a solid, but soft texture.
Here's the gold:
I do mine in water, but looks easy enough to do a small amount in a pan. Do you heat it to a sizzle or keep it as cool as you can to prevent unnecessary oxidization?
Teflon? Tell me it's not teflon.
[QUOTE=Knifegill;654648]Teflon? Tell me it's not teflon.[/QUOTE]
OMG! Silicone, too! The horror! I can't use cast iron on my hob ... in my next house, I can, so roll on March.
I keep the heat down. Slow and steady ...
Right on. But you could also use stainless steel for now to reduce your exposure to nerve gas. Just sayin'.
Pan aside, this is a fine idea and a great way to quickly render some lard/tallow. Nice post!
I have 30kg to render this afternoon.... :D
Recommending a huge cooking pot!
I'm more worried about meeting a neighbour as I wheelbarrow it up the path... :O
You're absolutely right, Knifegill ... point taken. I know the risks, and when I can do things properly I will ... I do.
NorthernMonkeyGirl - what exactly are you going to do with 30 kg of the stuff? Bath in it? What you render from that should last the year!
Electric slow cooker for a few hours..... perfect :-)
[QUOTE=NorthernMonkeyGirl;654657]I have 30kg to render this afternoon.... :D[/QUOTE]
I'm guessing it's going to take a lot longer than one afternoon. :) 2 kg in my crockpot takes 5-6 hours.