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History Cookbook: Bread and Dripping

This recipe is in category Interwar Years
About this recipe
Healthiness : (31 votes)
Preparation Time: 2 minutes
Cooking Time: None
Number of servings: 1 slice per person

Bread and dripping was popular in the interwar years, especially among poor families hit by unemployment. Such families could not afford to waste any food, including the by products of any meat they were lucky enough to be able to buy. Dripping could also be bought at the butchers. Old-fashioned chip shops used to fry their chips in beef dripping. Today it has fallen out of favour as it is considered very unhealthy.
  • bread
  • left  over fats after cooking a joint of beef or pork
  • Roasting tray
  • Spoon
  • Knife
Making and cooking it
Always wash your hands before preparing food Always wash your hands before preparing food.

Dripping is the liquid that is left in the pan when you cook beef or pork.

  1. Roast the beef or pork
  2. Lift the beef or pork from the tray
  3. Let the juices in the tray cool and solidify. You will have a jelly like meat substance at the bottom and the soft fat at the top
  4. Remove the soft fat, which is the dripping
  5. Place in a fridge until it is needed
On cold bread
  1. Spread the dripping on the bread
  2. Add a little salt and pepper
On toast:
  1. Spread on toast, sprinkle with a little salt
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Name: Matt Wilkes 6th July 2014
My nan and grandad used to have it when I was very young - but I never tried it until today - and WOW!!! Food of champions!!! Pork dripping on toast (a bit of the lard and a good scoop of the jelly at the bottom!!!!) - Superb!!!
Name: Derek Morton 1st July 2014
A common remark in our house was 'What's for dinner' and the stock answer was always, 'bread and dripping and run round the table after it'
Name: G Carswell 31st March 2014
I can't get enough of PORK DRIPPING I have it on toast EVERY morning It is softer than beef dripping and I think therefore less harmful but what the hell !!!!! I am well into my eighties now so I think it's too late to start worrying , However : I'm a bit wary of BEEF dripping only have that once in a blue moon
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