[Sca-cooks] Table Fat

Terry Decker t.d.decker at att.net
Tue Feb 23 16:26:39 PST 2010

Schmalz is a German word  for melted fat, grease, drippings. lard, etc.  It 
covers any animal fat being used in this manner and in some dialects, butter 
and the like.  Kosher is immaterial.

Yiddish is a High German language of Ashkenazi Jewish origin, a German 
dialect, that is based on religion rather than region.  Since kosher is 
material in Yiddish, schmaltz or schmalz, is more narrowly defined as 
rendered chicken or goose fat.


>I thought pig wasn't kosher?
> Aelina
> From: Susanne Mayer <susanne.mayer5 at chello.at>
> 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
> Regards
> Katharina

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