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Old Jan 14th 2008, 5:00 pm
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Default Can you buy suet in the US?

I've looked in Krogers and HEB but no luck. Then again, I didn't look very hard and didn't have the time to ask anyone, but I'm wondering if it's actually available as I was discussing how to make Christmas pudding with some American ladies and they'd never heard of suet!

Are we destined to live a life dumpling-less?!
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http://britishexpats.com/forum/showt...highlight=suet

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Default Re: Can you buy suet in the US?

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I've looked in Krogers and HEB but no luck. Then again, I didn't look very hard and didn't have the time to ask anyone, but I'm wondering if it's actually available as I was discussing how to make Christmas pudding with some American ladies and they'd never heard of suet!

Are we destined to live a life dumpling-less?!
I didn't find suet in any grocery store so I went to a very good butcher shop. Actually, I called ahead and ordered the suet then drover over to the butcher two days later to pick up and pay for it.

So, if I were you, I'd hunt out a real butcher and ask them if they have it or if they can get it for you. I can't remember how much I paid. I think it might have been about $2.00 per lb.
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Thanks Penguin - I'll see if I can find a butcher, although have to say I've not seen one yet, and I've been looking!

Silverdragon - I did a search but clearly not right! Thanks for the link.
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Default Re: Can you buy suet in the US?

i actually got suet from the local supermarket butchers section. (meijers). I just asked the man at the counter and he came back with a large solid lump of it in a vacuum pack. I had to buy all or nothing. I just chopped off what i needed (and shredded it in a blender) and then chopped the rest into lumps and stuck it in a ziplock bag in the freezer so i can get a bit at a time.
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Default Re: Can you buy suet in the US?

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I've looked in Krogers and HEB but no luck. Then again, I didn't look very hard and didn't have the time to ask anyone, but I'm wondering if it's actually available as I was discussing how to make Christmas pudding with some American ladies and they'd never heard of suet!

Are we destined to live a life dumpling-less?!
You will find that many yanks a) Do not like puddings and b) are absolutely horrified by cooking with animal fat.

I personally like the things though.
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Default Re: Can you buy suet in the US?

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I've looked in Krogers and HEB but no luck. Then again, I didn't look very hard and didn't have the time to ask anyone, but I'm wondering if it's actually available as I was discussing how to make Christmas pudding with some American ladies and they'd never heard of suet!

Are we destined to live a life dumpling-less?!
Krogers ? where are you located? Krogers is a favourite shop of mine since I have no Tesco's !
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I bought a lump of suet in Wholefoods then froze it then shredded it in the blender.

My neighbour suggested using Crisco instead.

I was reading a Martha Stewart Living mag where they give recipes for 'British' puddings like spotted dick, and they all just use butter.
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Dumplings made from BisQuik aren't too bad. (Nowhere near real suet dumplings, though. Mmmmm.)

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Default Re: Can you buy suet in the US?

Originally Posted by Tracym View Post
You will find that many yanks a) Do not like puddings and b) are absolutely horrified by cooking with animal fat.

I personally like the things though.
b) Americans cook with pork fat, at least in the South.
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b) Americans cook with pork fat, at least in the South.
True, southerners are less fat-repressed.

Up north here though - the looks of complete horror - suet, lard... they about have their heart attacks just at the thought.
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Default Re: Can you buy suet in the US?

Originally Posted by Mandana View Post
I've looked in Krogers and HEB but no luck. Then again, I didn't look very hard and didn't have the time to ask anyone, but I'm wondering if it's actually available as I was discussing how to make Christmas pudding with some American ladies and they'd never heard of suet!

Are we destined to live a life dumpling-less?!
I made a bread pudding without suet....I substituted lard and it worked well.....just be sure to dice it into tiny pieces for fear of lard chunks after coming out of the oven.

Not sure how well it will work in a Christmas Pudding though.
Hope that helps.
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Originally Posted by Tracym View Post
True, southerners are less fat-repressed.

Up north here though - the looks of complete horror - suet, lard... they about have their heart attacks just at the thought.
c) Americans do like to eat their animal fat though. Exhibit A- American bacon. A case of I'd like some bacon with that fat please!
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c) Americans do like to eat their animal fat though. Exhibit A- American bacon. A case of I'd like some bacon with that fat please!
Well yes... but we're hypocrites Try suggesting lard or suet to most folks (at least up north) and see what response you get.

Of course, I personally ain't eating that bacon until it's cooked crisp - and no fat is recognizable.
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I didn't find suet in any grocery store so I went to a very good butcher shop. Actually, I called ahead and ordered the suet then drover over to the butcher two days later to pick up and pay for it.

So, if I were you, I'd hunt out a real butcher and ask them if they have it or if they can get it for you. I can't remember how much I paid. I think it might have been about $2.00 per lb.
I agree, or depending on where you live you can try an actual meat processor that sells to the public. My mom & grandma used beef suet all the time but I have not. I used to buy all my meat this way.

We always bought our cows/pigs from a local farmer and sent it to the processor to be slaughtered, packaged, etc., so we had just about every part of the animal in our freezer. (People use it hear to make handcrafted soap.)
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