I heard chris masterjohn say one time that he wouldn't eat the fat from his stock that has been cooking for 10 hours.
On the other hand, ive heard many people recommend saving the fat after the stock has cooled and using it as tallow.
What do you think? Is the fat safe to consume?? Ive got a big batch of stock cooking right now. :)
I always do! It's delicious. I assume you are using ruminent bones, thus the fat is high in SAT FAT. Also, I'm assuming you are making your broth at a relatively low temperature, so the fat should be fine. Why would it not be safe?
I allow my broth to cool, remove the layer of fat, rinse in cold water quickly and pat it try with paper towel. Then I put it in a glass jar and keep it in the fridge, using the tallow to cook cauliflower, mushrooms, etc in a pan.
I'm a bit picky, so it depends. If I roasted and rinsed the bones beforehand and skimmed throughout, then I use the fat and it is excellent. However, if I just throw some bones in a pot and ignore it for the whole time, it gets kind of a scummy, gummy flavour, especially with beef bones. It's worth it to treat it with a little love, because it's a great fat source!
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