[Sca-cooks] Table Fat

H Westerlund-Davis yaini0625 at yahoo.com
Tue Feb 23 15:55:38 PST 2010

I thought pig wasn't kosher? 


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From: Susanne Mayer <susanne.mayer5 at chello.at>
To: sca-cooks at lists.ansteorra.org
Sent: Tue, February 23, 2010 11:26:26 AM
Subject: [Sca-cooks] Table Fat

Schmalz is just a generic term for fat, as the Schmalz you will find on a german farmhous table is rendered pig fat.

So Schmalz is probably only chicken fat in Jewish households

Then there is Butterschmalz, which is heated and cooled butter, freeed from the milk protein and most of the water, like the Indian Ghee

And Griebenschmalz is also made of pigs fat  where I am from, so be carefull to find out where from the recipe etc is before you use schmalz



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> From: Susan Lin <susanrlin at gmail.com>
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> rendered chicken fat is called schmaltz.  We used it on Friday nights when
> we couldn't have butter (and before kosher, parve margarine - which is AWFUL
> but sometimes necessary).  My mother kept a jar in the fridge - she'd render
> down the fat (no onions, no salt) and then we'd have it when we needed it.
> I miss that!  It's what we used when we made chopped liver.
> The little bits of skin left over from the rendering are called gribbens -
> yum (deadly but yum).  Don't even get me started on helzel... I just gained
> 10 pounds writing this and I'm starving!
> Yes - I know for a lot of people keeping a Kosher home is a 24/7 thing but
> we did not keep a kosher home after we moved from civilzation to upstate
> "white bread" Central New York.  We did keep "kosher style" for Friday
> nights and holidays.  Don't yell at me - it's just the way it was.  No need
> to correct me either - I know the difference, I know people don't agree with
> how I was raised but it is what it is.
> -S
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> Date: Mon, 22 Feb 2010 15:11:00 -0800 (PST)
> From: wheezul at canby.com
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> Subject: Re: [Sca-cooks] Table Fat, was Pie dough
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> 'Schmalz' is commonly served on the table as a bread spread in German
> cuisine.  Perhaps this is what is meant by table fat.  I can remember
> eating this as a child in the small village we lived in the Eifel by a
> town that is charmingly called Dudeldorf.
> http://germanfood.about.com/od/resources/r/schmalz.htm
> Katherine

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