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Sep 19, 2010 05:49 PM

What to do with chicken grease?

Just finished up a huge batch of chicken stock and now have 1-1/2 cups of chicken grease that I skimmed off the top of the pot. I'm not a huge gravy fan, so what else I can do with this? Can I cook with it like bacon grease? Do I need to freeze it rather than refrigerate it?

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    1. re: marcreichman

      I've used it for potato salad. Boiled potatoes with a dressing of fresh herbs, a bit of mustard, vinegar and chicken fat. It's also tasty in pate, to substitute for some of the butter.

    2. Yes, you refrigerate it. Freeze it, if you want to. I think it makes great fried onios. My dear, late MIL used it as the fat of choice for her delectable chopped liver, and I would have no qualms about substituting it for butter in a French-style chicken liver pate. If i had it around frequently, I'd think about frying pan-fried potatoes in it, but I've never been able to. It's a valuable resource.

      1. I like roasting potatoes in it - oy the schmaltz!!

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        1. re: smartie

          oh yeah, try a search with the word schmaltz (had a classmate by that name in HS, ironically was whip-lean)

          1. re: hill food

            One year for the "under a dollar" church secret Santa gift exchange, I wrapped a can of Schmaltz as a joke. Of all the people to recieve it, a gracious little old lady, who refused to swap it, thanked me, and took it home.

        2. You can use it the same way you'd use bacon fat. I like to save mine for potatoes, rice, and sauteed chicken breasts. Also great for chicken cheesesteak...yum.

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          1. re: joonjoon

            I'm a little tired and read your post too quickly the first time, because what I saw was, "also great for chicken cheesecake." glad I re-read it; was getting ready to be thoroughly grossed out.

          2. 2nd the potato ideas, show-stopping fries and latkes.

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