What are edible fats?
Edible animal fats are taken from the carcasses of animals in the abattoir, but kept separate from other lower quality category three material. They are subject to strict European food hygiene regulations and are fully traceable from farm to fork.
Producing edible fats
Edible animal fats are produced from animals that are fit for human consumption. Premium grade fat is cut from the abdominal cavity and under the skin; it is then purified filtered and refined to produce high grade oils and fats. Currently, the rendering industry produce 186,000 tonnes of edible fats each year.
Using edible fats
Edible animal fats like lard, goose fat and beef dripping are a source of energy, vitamins and fatty acids. They enhance the flavour of food and are used in baked goods and as a frying agent. Edible fats can be used in croissants and pastries as they have a soft consistency and crystalline structure lends itself to baking. Beef dripping, is an excellent frying agent because of its high levels of saturated fatty acids.
Chefs and home cooks continue to choose edibe animal fat for superior flavour and texture. In Belgium, beef dripping is used to produce perfect french fries and in the UK, it makes the best fish and chips
Edible fats are an essential part of a healthy diet and humans have eaten them for millennia. They supply the body with Vitamin A, D, E and K oleic acid, while supporting the body’s ability to use nutrients
Edible fats and the environment
Edible animal fats have a small carbon footprint compared to other fats and oils such as palm and vegetable oil that are grown specifically for their oil content. Animals that produce edible animal fats are reared primarily for their meat dairy and wool. Together with their co-products animal fats share the cost of animal husbandry.
The proportion each product bears is often based on their economic value. Thus, products made from a waste material carry a much smaller share of the total environmental impact.
Their carbon footprint is further reduced as most edible animal fats are produced at rendering plants that use renewable energy derived from animal by-products.