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History Cookbook: Bread and Dripping

This recipe is in category Interwar Years
About this recipe
Healthiness : (1292 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: Belinda Paterson 26th April 2019
Funny how it reads poor people are it when jobless. I know in the family I was with ,yes bread and dripping was eaten when jobless. Also, believe it or not , when a person was unable to eat other foods ie runny tummy and dairy ie butter was avoided as butter aggravated runny tummy.
It's the original non dairy ie milk based too or spread despite being made from cattle.
Name: Christopher Wagstaff 13th January 2019
can't remember is it ok to mix different meat drippings in the same bowl ?
Name: Cindy L Holben 11th January 2019
The thinking on fats is changing rapidly. Some research says pork fat is not nearly as bad as we thought. The link to heart disease is not clear. Stay tuned to this channel. This might make a comeback.
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