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  1. #1
    Julie Bove Guest

    Default Where can I get chicken fat?

    I need chicken fat for a cat food recipe. Do they sell it? Can I get it
    from a butcher?

    Thanks!



  2. #2
    Sky Guest

    Default Re: Where can I get chicken fat?

    On 2/10/2011 12:48 AM, Julie Bove wrote:
    > I need chicken fat for a cat food recipe. Do they sell it? Can I get it
    > from a butcher?
    >
    > Thanks!


    IIRC, it's a product called "schmaltz" or something like that? Mind, my
    recollection is rather poor, some of the time ;/ It's easier to find
    'lard', but that's a whole 'bother' product, er by-product!

    Sky

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  3. #3
    sf Guest

    Default Re: Where can I get chicken fat?

    On Wed, 9 Feb 2011 22:48:26 -0800, "Julie Bove"
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    > I need chicken fat for a cat food recipe. Do they sell it? Can I get it
    > from a butcher?
    >

    I am "making" chicken fat at this very moment! Buy whole chicken or
    chicken parts with the skin on... before you cook it, remove the skin
    and as much fat that sticks to the meat as possible. Render it
    *slowly* in a skillet or a saucepan. Mine has been rendering for 90
    minutes on low, on a "little" burner and it's not done yet. I'll stop
    when the skin is rendered brown and crispy.

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  4. #4
    Sqwertz Guest

    Default Re: Where can I get chicken fat?

    On Wed, 9 Feb 2011 22:48:26 -0800, Julie Bove wrote:

    > I need chicken fat for a cat food recipe. Do they sell it? Can I get it
    > from a butcher?


    Typically? No. It all depends on the butchers you have available, if
    and if they deal in chicken parts rather than just whole chickens.

    Whole chickens have large gobs of fat just inside the neck cavity and
    also where the thigh meats the breast. Plus all the skin is 65-70%
    fat.

    If you eat chicken often enough you just collect it like I do. Skins
    get fried in the minced body fat for crispy chicharron snacks,
    producing large amounts of rendered liquid fat which I freeze into
    shallow pucks and break off pieces for use in frying potatoes and
    such.

    How much fat do you need? Those $.50/pound chicken hind quarters
    usually have the backbone and the large gobs of thigh fat still on
    them. Rip off the fat and skins and use the meat for stock or
    whatever.

    -sw

  5. #5
    Sqwertz Guest

    Default Re: Where can I get chicken fat?

    On Thu, 10 Feb 2011 01:03:16 -0600, Sky wrote:

    > On 2/10/2011 12:48 AM, Julie Bove wrote:
    >> I need chicken fat for a cat food recipe. Do they sell it? Can I get it
    >> from a butcher?
    >>
    >> Thanks!

    >
    > IIRC, it's a product called "schmaltz" or something like that? Mind, my
    > recollection is rather poor, some of the time ;/ It's easier to find
    > 'lard', but that's a whole 'bother' product, er by-product!


    If it's sold as schmaltz it's going to be about $5/lb or more. It's
    totally not worth it. Lard is pork fat, usually sanitized and useless
    unless you get it from a Mexican carniceria.

    -sw

  6. #6
    Sky Guest

    Default Re: Where can I get chicken fat?

    On 2/10/2011 1:12 AM, Sqwertz wrote:
    > On Thu, 10 Feb 2011 01:03:16 -0600, Sky wrote:
    >
    >> On 2/10/2011 12:48 AM, Julie Bove wrote:
    >>> I need chicken fat for a cat food recipe. Do they sell it? Can I get it
    >>> from a butcher?
    >>>
    >>> Thanks!

    >>
    >> IIRC, it's a product called "schmaltz" or something like that? Mind, my
    >> recollection is rather poor, some of the time ;/ It's easier to find
    >> 'lard', but that's a whole 'bother' product, er by-product!

    >
    > If it's sold as schmaltz it's going to be about $5/lb or more. It's
    > totally not worth it. Lard is pork fat, usually sanitized and useless
    > unless you get it from a Mexican carniceria.


    Yeah - that's why I unsuccesfuly tried to say it (chicken vs pork fat)
    was a totally different product. Agreed, it's cheaper to buy a 'bird'
    and render its schmaltz (sp?) at home than to buy it at a store!

    Sky, who's never bought chicken fat (does bacon count as pork fat?)

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    Julie Bove Guest

    Default Re: Where can I get chicken fat?


    "Sky" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > On 2/10/2011 12:48 AM, Julie Bove wrote:
    >> I need chicken fat for a cat food recipe. Do they sell it? Can I get it
    >> from a butcher?
    >>
    >> Thanks!

    >
    > IIRC, it's a product called "schmaltz" or something like that? Mind, my
    > recollection is rather poor, some of the time ;/ It's easier to find
    > 'lard', but that's a whole 'bother' product, er by-product!


    I have heard that term before but thought that meant like...rendered fat or
    something. I really don't know. I only need a tiny bit. I'm not even sure
    the cat will eat the stuff..



  8. #8
    Julie Bove Guest

    Default Re: Where can I get chicken fat?


    "sf" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > On Wed, 9 Feb 2011 22:48:26 -0800, "Julie Bove"
    > <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >> I need chicken fat for a cat food recipe. Do they sell it? Can I get it
    >> from a butcher?
    >>

    > I am "making" chicken fat at this very moment! Buy whole chicken or
    > chicken parts with the skin on... before you cook it, remove the skin
    > and as much fat that sticks to the meat as possible. Render it
    > *slowly* in a skillet or a saucepan. Mine has been rendering for 90
    > minutes on low, on a "little" burner and it's not done yet. I'll stop
    > when the skin is rendered brown and crispy.


    Oh dear. That won't work for me. I can't cook a whole chicken. I don't
    even handle bones well. But thanks!



  9. #9
    Julie Bove Guest

    Default Re: Where can I get chicken fat?


    "Sqwertz" <swertz@clue[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > On Wed, 9 Feb 2011 22:48:26 -0800, Julie Bove wrote:
    >
    >> I need chicken fat for a cat food recipe. Do they sell it? Can I get it
    >> from a butcher?

    >
    > Typically? No. It all depends on the butchers you have available, if
    > and if they deal in chicken parts rather than just whole chickens.
    >
    > Whole chickens have large gobs of fat just inside the neck cavity and
    > also where the thigh meats the breast. Plus all the skin is 65-70%
    > fat.
    >
    > If you eat chicken often enough you just collect it like I do. Skins
    > get fried in the minced body fat for crispy chicharron snacks,
    > producing large amounts of rendered liquid fat which I freeze into
    > shallow pucks and break off pieces for use in frying potatoes and
    > such.


    I rarely buy chicken and only the boneless, skinless kind or canned.
    >
    > How much fat do you need? Those $.50/pound chicken hind quarters
    > usually have the backbone and the large gobs of thigh fat still on
    > them. Rip off the fat and skins and use the meat for stock or
    > whatever.


    I think it was a tablespoon. But nobody in this house will eat that kind of
    chicken. Thanks!



  10. #10
    Julie Bove Guest

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    "Sqwertz" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > On Thu, 10 Feb 2011 01:03:16 -0600, Sky wrote:
    >
    >> On 2/10/2011 12:48 AM, Julie Bove wrote:
    >>> I need chicken fat for a cat food recipe. Do they sell it? Can I get
    >>> it
    >>> from a butcher?
    >>>
    >>> Thanks!

    >>
    >> IIRC, it's a product called "schmaltz" or something like that? Mind, my
    >> recollection is rather poor, some of the time ;/ It's easier to find
    >> 'lard', but that's a whole 'bother' product, er by-product!

    >
    > If it's sold as schmaltz it's going to be about $5/lb or more. It's
    > totally not worth it. Lard is pork fat, usually sanitized and useless
    > unless you get it from a Mexican carniceria.


    I will look and see if I can get the schmaltz but probably not likely
    because there are little to no Jewish people around here. In Seattle, there
    are some. But I doubt there are any here.



  11. #11
    Sky Guest

    Default Re: Where can I get chicken fat?

    On 2/10/2011 1:47 AM, Julie Bove wrote:
    > "Sky"<[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]..
    >> On 2/10/2011 12:48 AM, Julie Bove wrote:
    >>> I need chicken fat for a cat food recipe. Do they sell it? Can I get it
    >>> from a butcher?
    >>>
    >>> Thanks!

    >>
    >> IIRC, it's a product called "schmaltz" or something like that? Mind, my
    >> recollection is rather poor, some of the time ;/ It's easier to find
    >> 'lard', but that's a whole 'bother' product, er by-product!

    >
    > I have heard that term before but thought that meant like...rendered fat or
    > something. I really don't know. I only need a tiny bit. I'm not even sure
    > the cat will eat the stuff..
    >
    >


    Yeah, 'schmaltz' (sp?) is rendered chicken fat. Heh, the cat will eat
    chicken fat whether it's rendered or not, I bet!

    Sky

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    Julie Bove Guest

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    "Sky" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > On 2/10/2011 1:47 AM, Julie Bove wrote:
    >> "Sky"<[email protected]> wrote in message
    >> news:[email protected]..
    >>> On 2/10/2011 12:48 AM, Julie Bove wrote:
    >>>> I need chicken fat for a cat food recipe. Do they sell it? Can I get
    >>>> it
    >>>> from a butcher?
    >>>>
    >>>> Thanks!
    >>>
    >>> IIRC, it's a product called "schmaltz" or something like that? Mind, my
    >>> recollection is rather poor, some of the time ;/ It's easier to find
    >>> 'lard', but that's a whole 'bother' product, er by-product!

    >>
    >> I have heard that term before but thought that meant like...rendered fat
    >> or
    >> something. I really don't know. I only need a tiny bit. I'm not even
    >> sure
    >> the cat will eat the stuff..
    >>
    >>

    >
    > Yeah, 'schmaltz' (sp?) is rendered chicken fat. Heh, the cat will eat
    > chicken fat whether it's rendered or not, I bet!


    She isn't eating much at the moment. She will eat canned chicken and white
    rice.



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    Storrmmee Guest

    Default Re: Where can I get chicken fat?

    i would appreciate the cat food recipe, Lee
    "Julie Bove" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    >I need chicken fat for a cat food recipe. Do they sell it? Can I get it
    >from a butcher?
    >
    > Thanks!
    >




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    Julie Bove Guest

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    "Storrmmee" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    >i would appreciate the cat food recipe, Lee


    I don't have it offhand. Angela found it. It's not for regular cats. It's
    a renal diet. I do remember that it had white rice, canned clams, chicken,
    the chicken fat and a couple of kinds of vitamins. One was C and the other
    was some kind of eggshell thing. Not sure if those were for cats or people.
    I don't know what search parameters she used. I looked and didn't find it.

    Right now I am giving her white rice cooked with a little margarine and some
    canned chicken mixed in. Also her renal canned food with a gravy that I
    made from butter, sweet rice flour and chicken broth. She seems to like the
    gravy but it isn't helping her to eat the food.

    I need her to gain some weight. She has lost half a pound since Dec. She
    is eating, but not very much.



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    Janet Guest

    Default Re: Where can I get chicken fat?

    In article <ij0gt4$rup$[email protected]>,
    [email protected] says...

    > Right now I am giving her white rice cooked with a little margarine

    and some
    > canned chicken mixed in. Also her renal canned food with a gravy that I
    > made from butter, sweet rice flour and chicken broth. She seems to like the
    > gravy but it isn't helping her to eat the food.


    That's because cat physiology is NOT the same as human. Cats digestive
    system is very different, it can't digest grains, rice, starch, or even,
    dairy food like butter.

    Do NOT feed her commercial chicken broth because it contains salt,
    which will rapidly worsen renal problems.

    You are not feeding her appropriately. Get advice from the vet and
    follow it.

    Janet

  16. #16
    Janet Wilder Guest

    Default Re: Where can I get chicken fat?

    On 2/10/2011 12:48 AM, Julie Bove wrote:
    > I need chicken fat for a cat food recipe. Do they sell it? Can I get it
    > from a butcher?
    >
    > Thanks!
    >
    >

    Buy a package of chicken necks. They usually have plenty of fat
    attached. You can render it if you need it rendered. Save the necks for
    chicken broth.

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    Way-the-heck-south Texas
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  17. #17
    John Kuthe Guest

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    On Feb 10, 1:54*am, Sky <skyho...@NOsbcglobal.SnPeAtM> wrote:
    > On 2/10/2011 1:47 AM, Julie Bove wrote:
    >
    >
    >
    > > "Sky"<skyho...@NOsbcglobal.SnPeAtM> *wrote in message
    > >news:[email protected]..
    > >> On 2/10/2011 12:48 AM, Julie Bove wrote:
    > >>> I need chicken fat for a cat food recipe. *Do they sell it? *Can I get it
    > >>> from a butcher?

    >
    > >>> Thanks!

    >
    > >> IIRC, it's a product called "schmaltz" or something like that? *Mind, my
    > >> recollection is rather poor, some of the time ;/ *It's easier to find
    > >> 'lard', but that's a whole 'bother' product, er by-product!

    >
    > > I have heard that term before but thought that meant like...rendered fat or
    > > something. *I really don't know. *I only need a tiny bit. *I'm not even sure
    > > the cat will eat the stuff..

    >
    > Yeah, 'schmaltz' (sp?) is rendered chicken fat. *Heh, the cat will eat
    > chicken fat whether it's rendered or not, I bet!
    >
    > Sky
    >
    > --
    >
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    The cat will eat a live chicken, if given the chance!

    John Kuthe...

  18. #18
    Cam Guest

    Default Re: Where can I get chicken fat?

    On Feb 10, 2:49*am, "Julie Bove" <julieb...@frontier.com> wrote:
    > I rarely buy chicken and only the boneless, skinless kind or canned.


    Are you squeamish?

  19. #19
    ImStillMags Guest

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    On Feb 10, 3:07*am, "Julie Bove" <julieb...@frontier.com> wrote:
    > "Storrmmee" <rgr...@consolidated.net> wrote in message
    >
    > news:[email protected]..
    >
    > >i would appreciate the cat food recipe, Lee

    >
    > I don't have it offhand. *Angela found it. *It's not for regular cats.. *It's
    > a renal diet. *I do remember that it had white rice, canned clams, chicken,
    > the chicken fat and a couple of kinds of vitamins. *One was C and the other
    > was some kind of eggshell thing. *Not sure if those were for cats or people.
    > I don't know what search parameters she used. *I looked and didn't findit.
    >
    > Right now I am giving her white rice cooked with a little margarine and some
    > canned chicken mixed in. *Also her renal canned food with a gravy that I
    > made from butter, sweet rice flour and chicken broth. *She seems to like the
    > gravy but it isn't helping her to eat the food.
    >
    > I need her to gain some weight. *She has lost half a pound since Dec. *She
    > is eating, but not very much.



    Have you taken the cat to the vet? Seriously.....this sounds like
    something a Vet should be advising you about.
    There are special foods available at the Vets office for cats with
    renal problems. You really should have her checked out.



  20. #20
    Julie Bove Guest

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    "Cam" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]...
    On Feb 10, 2:49 am, "Julie Bove" <julieb...@frontier.com> wrote:
    > I rarely buy chicken and only the boneless, skinless kind or canned.


    Are you squeamish?

    ---

    Yes.



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