Superficial Schmaltz – The Delicious Daily 01.11.10

Superficial Schmaltz

schmaltz. (noun)
1. rendered fat of a goose, duck or chicken
2. exaggerated sentimentalism, as in music or soap operas

As you know, literally forklifting the puck of solid fat that forms at the surface of a container of homemade stock is possibly my favorite step during the stock making process. It is likely that I make homemade stock not for final result of the deeply flavorful stock itself, but for the strange, secret high I get from seeing the rendered fat.

One of these days, I’ll actually use the fat to cook something.

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  • AK

    I still dont understand how you render so much fat from your stocks. I never get an entire disk out of mine. I bow to you, fat master. Er…wait…ok, you know what I mean.

  • Sarah J. Gim

    AK: I leave everything intact when the chicken goes into the stock pot; rather, the chicken may be in parts, but other than visible internal organs which I remove because they gross me the f**k out, I leave everything on the chicken.

    I am sure you do that, too (even when it’s a roast bird carcass), so I am just going to assume that the “chipper chicken” I use has cosmetically enhanced , lipo-injected skin. :D

  • Caleb

    Use it for Cassoulet. Or fries. Or ya know, just take bites.

  • Sarah J. Gim

    caleb: you mean just takes bites of straight chicken fat?! I kind of like the idea of French fries, though I am assuming you meant that I should fry potatoes in the chicken fat? Because the idea of DIPPING French fries in chicken fat is a little bit grossawesome.

    • Caleb

      Ow, I hadn’t even imagined dipping the fries in chicken fat. Way to step it up.

  • Kevin H

    There should be a book of Sarah Gimisms. I would add it all to my vocab. So funny.

    I still laugh at some like omgwtfbee. LOL. Your references are lol-worthy.

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