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History Cookbook: Bread and Dripping

This recipe is in category Interwar Years
About this recipe
Healthiness : (37 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: Ken 27th January 2016
Ah yes, I remember the good old 'dripping' days, I used to go to a butchers in Ferndown, Dorset and buy for a quid a big bowl of Pork Dripping, I now live in the US and how I miss bread and dripping.
Name: Neil Henderson 13th January 2016
Not had any recently but loved it as a child brought up one of 6 children in a Derbyshire mining village.
There's a lovely description of 'dripping toast' in Richard Llewellen's wonderful book 'How green was my valley'.
Name: Penelope Eastman 21st December 2015
Love it,, Turkey dripping is better thane beef even, with white pepper and salt on French bread.. Never, ever, eat the white fat, only the jellifief gunk !! Love it.. It's the only reason I buy a turkey . My ex came home with a crown once and I was so angry.. His mate came to the rescue and bought me his dripping round! Pardon the pun!!
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