Sheep/Lamb Tail Fat
Anyone know where I can find this?
It was used in classical Arab/Persian/Turkish cooking but has fallen a bit out of favour due to cheaper alternatives than raising the kind of sheep that had particularly fat-laden tails.
You might want to contact the Bzikot family of Best Baa Farms (also of Ewenity Dairy): www.bestbaa.com Their lamb might be too lean for your purposes, but they might be able to direct you to the right place. (The Bzikots have stands at this time of year at both the Saturday St. Lawrence North market and Dufferin Grove Organic Farmers' Market.)
i doubt that you will find tails that are fat enough. i think the sheep are bred differently now, or something,
I had a nanny who was of the South African Hottentot tribe - she used to render the tail fat and keep it in a tin. Then she would take fresh whole grain bread, spread the cold rendered fat on it, then top it with a smear of apricot jam. It's one of my favourite taste memories. yummy
The Karakul sheep is one of the fat tailed sheep breeds and is very rare in Canada. If you contact Rare Breeds Canada (http://www.rarebreedscanada.ca), they could link you to a farmer who raises them. You'd probably have to order it in advance since most fat tailed sheep are docked at an early age because there is no demand for the tails.