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Where are the cheap animal fats?

zackly | Mar 10, 201503:29 PM

Now that animal fats are off the dietary hit list I’m expecting, as soon as the general public catches wind of the news, that some progressive fast food chain will start marketing “We Cook Our French Fries in 100% Beef Fat” like McDonalds used to do. When I cooked professionally and later sold food to restaurants for Sysco among others, 50# blocks of beef fat and lard were the cheapest fats that you could use in your deep fryer and wasn’t Crisco formerly lard? Nowadays, beef fat & lard are more of a pricey gourmet item. I realize that these fats are purer & most likely without the adulteration that commodity processed fats are subjected to but shouldn’t there be good, inexpensive beef fat and lard available in my grocery store? I’m thinking there are a lot of cattle and hogs slaughtered every day so there should be plenty of raw material available. The fact that animal fats have been vilified and largely shunned in the last 25 years or so should have also lowered their value. Do these fats have a high commercial value?

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