Where to buy cheap chicken fat?
- divinebaboon Oct 30, 2013 10:51 AM
So I just got the Ivan Ramen cookbook and the recipe calls for chicken fat and pork fat. Previous threads on this board indicated that Savenor's might sell chicken fat, but seeing that it's Savenor's I don't think I can afford it. Any other ideas?
also, where to go for pork fat? The book suggests going to a butcher and ask for some pork fat or buy some pork trimmings, but I don't think there's any old fashioned butchers in the Boston anymore. Thanks.
Someone else brought up pork fat (fatback, not rendered fat) just yesterday: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/922089
If you're looking for rendered pork fat, I've bought it at Cutty's in Brookline Village. Speaking of Brookline, I'd be willing to bet that you can get rendered chicken fat at the Butcherie.
MF Dulock for pork fat. Maybe Mayflower Poutry for chicken fat. I think Super 88 or other Chinese markets may have pork.
There was a place called Tony's in Roslindale Sq - old school Italian butcher - that could probably supply it if still open. You could probably just even ask for it at Whole Foods - they seem to make their own sausage, so they must have it sitting around somewhere.
I've also seen pork fat in your regular grocery stores occasionally.. just render it down..
It's so easy to render your own chicken fat! Slice raw chicken skin, and all those odd globs of fat, into thin strips, throw into a sturdy frying pan, and render over medium heat. Pour off the fat from time to time. The last remaining pieces of crispy skin are considered by some people to be a delicacy, variously known as griven, griveness or gribbenes. Others consider them a heart attack on a plate. They are the equivalent of pork cracklings.
Save your bits of fat and chicken skins in a freezer bag for more efficient batch-processing.
Same is true for duck or goose, although you would more likely roast the bird and save the drippings.