10 JARS OF GOOSE FAT TO BE WON; food & drink YOUR GUIDE TO GOING OUT.
GOOSE fat is on the verge of a culinary comeback, decades after it seemed to have been dispatched into oblivion from our recipe books. Long sniffed at as an unhealthy by-product of the Christmas roast, our grans nonetheless swore by its medicinal properties, particularly as a chest rub to ease the effects of colds.
However, TV celebrities such as Nigella Lawson, Rick Stein and Paul Rankin have been banging the drum for goose fat, and say it's almost an essential ingredient to guarantee the tastiest Easter roast.
Animal fats get bad press these days but goose fat is one of the healthier ones. It contains far fewer saturated fats than lard or butter and many more of the 'heart friendly' mono-unsaturated fatty acids.
It's not unlike olive oil and could be another reason why cardiovascular disease is not as prevalent in the goose rearing region of the south west of France as it is in Wales.
You can extract your own fat. Pour it through a fine sieve into a sterilised jar and it will keep for months in the fridge.
An easier option is to buy it in jars. You can find several brands these days in supermarket or delicatessens' chiller cabinets, alongside the butter or spreads, or in quality butchers' shops. Once opened, it will keep in the fridge for a couple of months.
One popular brand is Highgrove Pure Goose Fat. Whether used for frying eggs or onions, the high burn point and buttery texture of goose fat enhances the flavour of any savoury dish and is perfect for making the pie crust. There is no reason why goosefat roasted potatoes shouldn't be a permanent addition to an Easter lamb dinner.
Goose fat also boasts other uses. Rub it into your hands to protect them from the cold, use it as a poultice, to oil hinges or to protect metal from rust. Some swear blind that, mixed with chicken droppings, it offers a cure for baldness!
HOW TO ENTER
We have 10 jars of Highgrove Pure Goose Fat to give away. For your chance to win, just answer this question:
Which English city holds an annual Goose Fair?
Answers on a postcard please with your name, address and daytime phone number by March 30 to Sarah Batley, Goose Fat Competition, Daily Post, Vale Road, Llandudno Junction, Conwy LL31 9ZD.
For further uses of goose fat and recipe ideas, visit www.goosefat.co.uk
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|Publication:||Daily Post (Liverpool, England)|
|Date:||Mar 20, 2007|
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