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Suet is a raw hard fat that comes from either beef or mutton. The fat is found in the kidney and the loins of the animal it is removed from. Suet has a higher melting point, making it a popular fat option for pastries or deep frying.
While suet can be used to make tallow, which is used to feed birds through a rendering process, it is also a popular ingredient in many traditional recipes, such as British Christmas pudding.
To create suet, a butcher will remove the fat from the animal meat. It will then be clarified, chopped, and then boiled in water. The boiling process is important as it helps to remove all of the impurities. Once the mixture cools, the water and fat will separate, and the fat that remains is the suet.
When used in recipes, it will help the texture of the food to become light and fluffy because it has a higher melting temperature. This higher temperature allows a structure to be built in the food by creating tiny air pockets. Because of this unique effect, it is recommended that suet not be substituted with another fat when called for in a recipe.
The flavor of suet is bland and mild, but it has a meaty smell. It is dry and will crumble easily. When used in traditional puddings, the flavor is vibrant, and there is no taste of beef even though it is the source of the fat.
Suet is also used to make pie crusts and produces a very flaky and crispy texture, making it ideal for pies with wet filling. When used on meat pies, suet is often used alone in the crust but can be combined with butter on sweet pies to enhance the flavor.
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