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ANIMAL FATS

Animal fats are referred to as saturated fats for the simple reason that they contain, as a percentage, more saturated fats than vegetable oils. In cooler climates – particularly those of northern Europe – saturated animal fats are solid at room temperature not liquid. A saturated fat is a more stable fat meaning that it is less likely to go rancid when exposed to light, oxygen and heat and thus is suitable for frying, roasting and baking. All of the traditional animal fats listed below have been used by populations since time immemorial, unless religious belief required them to abstain from eating one particular animal. In kosher food, for example, the pig is not eaten hence lard is forbidden but goose fat has always been a prized ingredient. In India the Hindu never eats suet and tallow drippings from rendered beef – but they are happy to eat ghee (derived from butter). To the list of animal fats should also be added the oils that derive from fish. For those populations living close to seas, …