Multiple fat confit
does it matter if I use different types of fat to confit a piece of meat such as pork belly or duck legs?
Just wondering if i mix lard and goose fat would it give an odd taste?
I'm mainly asking as a cost issue as lard is crazy cheap compared to goose or duck fat.
Good lard tastes good and I guess it would be fine.
But the duck or goose fat are so good. I'd cook a duck or goose , have the meal and then the fat for the confit.
Other than getting a mixture of flavors that your palate isn't familiar with, why not. Whether the flavor would be "odd" (as in unpleasant) probably depends on the individual. Try it and let us know. My guess is the main reason that duck legs were traditionally preserved in duck fat is that that's what was available on the farm when ducks were being dispatched.
Mixing fat is not a problem. I use chicken fat lard & duck fat, olive oil, clarified butter, whatever I have on hand. If you have a Mexican grocer nearby, they frequently sell rendered pork fat in the meat department that works well for this application or make a friend @ your local Chinese restaurant (providing they have duck on the menu) and ask them if you can buy duck fat. Roasting ducks yields a lot of fat so they should have a good supply & probably even throw some of it away.
I don't do my own confit but I also use whatever mix of fats on hand for cooking - pastries, cornbread, frying etc. Goose and duck lend the most flavour, while beef and pork fat are still tasty.
In fact, AFAIK there is a lot of mixing of meat and fat in traditional French cooking, supposedly to give a better flavour, such as in rillettes and stuffed vegetables.
Experiment away, but do not use the hydrogenated lard!
In Ireland here and luckily trans fats are banned so all the lard is pure lard and nothing else added. Going to try a mixture and see how I get on. I've heard lard lends itself well to confiting pork belly for obvious reasons but sure I'll find out soon enough.
Thanks for all the responses, I gotta start using this site more, loads of helpful and interesting things.