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Soap, Candles and Pudding

From Wikipedia:

Suet (/ˈsuː.ɪt/) is raw beef or mutton fat, especially the hard fat found around the loins and kidneys. It melts at about 21°C (70°F). It is a saturated fat.

The primary use of suet is to make tallow in a process called rendering, which involves melting and extended simmering, followed by straining, cooling and usually a repetition of the entire process.

Unlike suet, tallow can be stored for extended periods without refrigeration. It is used to make soap, for cooking, as a bird food, and was once used for making candles.

How could you not love something that can be used for making both soap and pudding? It is the archetypal dessert topping and floor wax!

In case you are feeling peckish, here are some suet recipes:

I wonder if my grandmother uses suet in her minced pies?

2 responses to Soap, Candles and Pudding

Kevin February 20, 2007

According to Wikipedia, Spotted Dick and Spotted Dog are the same thing:


You can buy it in a can. You can’t tell from the picture but that can is very, very small and from that small can you can feed a family of twelve and still have leftovers.

Another testament to the wonders of suet!

Aaron Rhodes February 21, 2007

So when are you going to host an English dinner?

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