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Pork Belly ?s
Thu 29-Oct-09
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I've been brining and baking some pork belly lately with salt, sugar and water.  I love it!  I always have a lot of fine looking fat left over from this, do you have any ideas on how to use it?  I hate to keep throwing it out.

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Thu 29-Oct-09
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Make fat balls to feed the birds?

Fri 30-Oct-09
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I wouldn't since it has salt in it, otherwise it's a sound idea.

I'll try that again!

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Yeah, I think this fat would be way salty and unhealthy for birds.  I'm sure it's unhealthy for me to!  It's just that the fat actually tastes really good so I hate to waste it and eating full on fat...well...

I guess I will use it to make some cornbread sometime soon. 

Fri 30-Oct-09
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But don't they suggest hanging bacon rind out? Would have thought that was too salty too if that was the case

Sun 1-Nov-09
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I've not heard that, though it does worry me that the RSPB say that you can put out mild cheese.  I wouldn't do that either, just fruit, nuts, seed, oats and suet.

I'll try that again!

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Toffeeapple - what is good about suet compared with cheese? It does not seem to make sense. They are both FAT after all. Not challenging you, just wondering.

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Good point Danny.  I wouldn't put cheese out simply because of the salt content.  Birds, especially small ones, need fat to see them through the winter, nuts and seeds need energy to digest whereas suet is easily absorbed.  I mix oats with any leftover fat from roasting, this week it was duck.  As long as I am sure that there is no salt in the fat I will use that in preferance to cheese.  OK I'm a soppy old bird fancier!Cool

I'll try that again!

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Ah - so salt is the issue. That makes sense.

We make fat balls for our birds in winter but I never considered the salt content. Must reconsider this year.

They love her mum's Christmas cake, though Embarassed

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Of course they do, full of energy from the fruit, fat and probably the nuts.  Oh I do love birds!Embarassed

I'll try that again!

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Just throwing some ideas around, is there such a thing as pork schmaltz?  Obviously there is just googled it.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schmaltz

In that case it can be used for all sorts of things.  Cooking roast potatoes.  or hmmm thinking about it, what about very finely sliced cabbage, fried in it.  A bit like brussels with bacon.  (sorry I have no idea what that would taste like as I dont like pork, I am trying to re-educate myself...but I have seen it in a lot of christmas cook books.)

very fine diced added to home made salami

there must be plenty of spanish and italian recipes also

Also added to faggots, and would be useful in meat balls so they dont go hard.  So as in you want meatballs but not have any ground pork to cut the beef with.  no problems added some pork fat...

Just some ideas, not sure if they would work

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Thank you for the ideas.  I will not use the fat for birds because of the salt content!  Next time round I will use it for sauteeing at a minimum just to see how that goes. 

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