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UnderBellyLaughs · 28/11/2019 17:04

Long-time practice picked up from my grandma. When we cook a roast, we always save the fat - dripping - and re-use for the next roast, or roast potatoes, or to make roux for gravy.
Recently discussing fatbergs with friends, all agreeing how yucky it is that people pour fat down the sink. I said that we save fat and put it in the fridge so it solidifies. My friends looked at me, aghast, and one said, ‘but surely just to make it easier to throw away, you can’t possibly use it...’. I gave a non-committal response, but am now not sure if we’re being thrifty or whether this is a disgusting practice.
(FWIW, the dripping makes the best roast potatoes).

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Fr0g · 28/11/2019 17:07

usually save it but never get around to using it - but at least it solidifies and gets thrown away rather than contributing to a fatberg ::)


Dontsweatthelittlestuff · 28/11/2019 17:09

If you don’t want to reuse it then put it out for the birds.


HowlsMovingBungalow · 28/11/2019 17:09

My grandma and my mother always had a 'dripping' bowl in the fridge for reusing fat. I guess it is disgusting if you are vegan or veggie?
I buy tallow soaps (animal fat) so a fellow fat recycler!


GreenFingersWouldBeHandy · 28/11/2019 17:16

Nothing wrong with that! And you've just reminded me that I've got some in the freezer I can use to make gravy with tonight. Yum!

Really wasteful otherwise. And contributes to the 'fatbergs' in the sewers.


dynami · 28/11/2019 17:18

Dripping on toast is amazing. I don’t understand why people don’t save it. But also witnessed at a friends house half a chicken being binned. Excuse they’d eaten the easy to remove meat


DirtyWindow · 28/11/2019 17:19

I'm vegetarian and I don't think it's disgusting.

If you're going to kill an animal to eat it then it's far better to make the most out of it rather than throwing bits away.


isseywith4vampirecats · 28/11/2019 17:20

Im of the generation that was brought up on dripping on bread between coming in from school and eating dinner if you were peckish i could never make dripping like my mom it was meaty and tasty


confusedandemployed · 28/11/2019 17:21

My grandparents always did this, the roasties were amazing. I rarely do a roast dinner, otherwise I would do this too.


Loyaultemelie · 28/11/2019 17:22

I'm veggie almost vegan and I approve of this! My Nanny and DM used to do this (dm probably still does). Rest of family are meat eaters and we use ours to make the dogs spuds and gravy


Knittedfairies · 28/11/2019 17:22

Ohh... now I want dripping toast!


BrettAndersonscheekbones · 28/11/2019 17:22

Yep my mum (in her 70s) always saved the fat and stashed it in the fridge. Just thought it was part of that general thrifty housewifery thing of that era.


Whatisthisfuckery · 28/11/2019 17:25

Well, if they’re quite happy to cook their roasties in meat juices then what’s wrong with this? They sound ridiculous to me. As long as it’s not left to go rancid then what’s the issue?


Fr0g · 28/11/2019 17:29

thanks @Dontsweatthelittlestuff - hadn't though of that. will see if my chickens like it, or take it to the park.
This thread has given me a sudden yearning for fried bread though!


ItsJustTheOneSwanActually · 28/11/2019 17:30

I put any waste oil in the compost bin. I have kept goose fat in the fridge for roast potatoes - v nice


StressedTonightHelp · 28/11/2019 17:32

I don't think it's gross and I'm a vegan! If the animal has already been killed, might aswell use it as much as possible so as not to waste Bear


Rainandclouds · 28/11/2019 17:36

I would not eat it on toast but do save it for the next time. I have duck fat in the fridge from a tin of confit duck last week. Makes amazing roast spuds


HowlsMovingBungalow · 28/11/2019 17:37

I was thinking vegans/veggies might boak at the sight of a bowl of fat in the fridge - seems I'm wrong! Smile
Totally agree with using ALL the animal.


LoseLooseLucy · 28/11/2019 17:37

Oooh I love dripping on toast ❤


SilverySurfer · 28/11/2019 17:47

Seems totally normal to me - how would you ever have dripping on a thick crusty slice of bread without? Also use it to cook Yorkshire puds.


UnderBellyLaughs · 28/11/2019 17:47

Well, that’s a huge relief! My grandma and mum have always kept dripping, and so we always keep it too as just presumed this was normal.
Friends were so horrified I thought perhaps this was actually totally gross, and should stop, but very happy to find it’s actually not!
Honestly makes the best roast potatoes and base for a gravy.
Maybe I’ll use the dripping for the next time we invite said friends over for dinner and convert them!

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Gatehouse77 · 28/11/2019 17:48

Not gross. My mum didn't reuse the fat but any meat juices underneath were added to the following week's gravy.


TiceCream · 28/11/2019 17:51

YABU for wasting it on potatoes or gravy. It needs to be eaten on hot toast with a sprinkle of white pepper. Or use it to butter the bread for a sandwich made with the meat.


Throckmorton · 28/11/2019 17:53

Please don't give it to birds - it's not good for them:


commanderdalgliesh · 28/11/2019 17:55

My dad always used to do this! I'd forgotten.


custardbear · 28/11/2019 17:59

I'm a meat eater but dripping is pure animal fat, terrible for you! So no I would bin it and use olive
Oil for roasties

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