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How to Make Beef or Pork Dripping From Fat

Updated on August 19, 2017
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What is Dripping?

Have you ever tried bread and dripping? My husband loves it! If you are a health conscious person, look away now. The dripping is made from pork or beef fat. This is a traditional favorite in some households in the UK. It became popular during the war, but has now fallen out of favor due to health concerns. That may stop a few people but those that grew up with it, still love it and continue to eat it.

Below I will show you how I make it and how my husband eats it.

This can still be bought in supermarkets and traditional butcher shops in the UK but if you can't find it, don't worry, it's easy to prepare and may become one of your favorite toppings for bread or toast.


  • Pork or Beef Fat

Where to Get Beef or Pork Fat

You will need to source fat from beef or pork. If you can't find these for sale, ask at your butcher's shop. If it is a traditional type of butchers where the carcass of the animal is cut up, they will have it.

Unless they cut the meat at your grocery store, they may not have fat available to purchase, although they may suggest where you can buy it.

Nowadays, it seems pork chops or steaks are trimmed, as many people feel it is healthier and they don't want to pay for fat. If you do have surplus fat around a pork chop or beef roast, cut this away and save it for this recipe. These cut offs can be kept in the freezer until you have accumulated enough to make it worthwhile cooking.

Also, ask farmers you may know, where you can purchase either beef or pork fat.

Pork fat
Pork fat | Source

Instructions for Making Beef or Pork Drippings

  1. Remove any gristle or sinew from the fat.
  2. Place the pieces of fat in a frying pan and begin frying slowly. The fat will begin to melt away into the pan. This is called rendering. Don't forget to use a splatter guard when frying to avoid the fat being spat over you and your stovetop.
  3. Pour this hot fat into the container you will be using to store it in. This can be a bowl or a jar but not a plastic container or it will melt as you pour the hot fat into it. A glass jar such as Pyrex is best. Continue slowly frying and pouring off the fat. If you have a gas stove, don't let the fat drip onto the flame, you'll get a flare up!
  4. When the fat has cooked out as much as possible you will be left with some pieces of crisp fat. Chop these into small pieces and also put into the mixture. This will be adding flavor and crunchiness to your dripping.
  5. Leave your dripping to cool and then cover with plastic wrap and place in refrigerator.
cooked pork fat
cooked pork fat | Source
Norpro 13-Inch Splatter Screen
Norpro 13-Inch Splatter Screen

I love my splatter guards. I have two of different sizes for my different size frying pans. If I am not covering my frying pan with a lid, I have a splatter guard in place. I was tired of getting burned with hot oil and having to wipe down grease off my stove after frying something. What can I say, I like an easy life.


How to Eat Beef or Pork Dripping

After cooling, you will notice that the mixture has separated into a top fat layer and a jelly-like layer. If you have put the mixture into a bowl, you won't see this until you cut into it. The flavorful jelly layer is the residue of the beef/pork juices.

My husband prefers his on toast. Either wholemeal or white bread will work well with this. Once the toast is ready, cut down through the mixture ensuring you get a combination of the two layers. Spread thinly on toast. Salt and pepper to the taste. Enjoy.

Bread and Dripping as a Gift

Because it isn't always easy to find in supermarkets, it would make a thoughtful gift for someone you know that loves bread and dripping. This could be placed in the jar and the lid decorated with fabric or simply tied with a bow.

During the war in England, this became a staple in many households and still has a loyal following of fans.

We have a friend who always brings a couple of jars of dripping from Switzerland to Brazil as a gift for my husband.

© 2012 Mary Wickison

Have you tried bread and dripping?

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      Mary Wickison 12 months ago from Brazil

      Here on our farm we eat home cooked food. We rarely buy processed foods and we produce a lot of fruit and veg. It is though we have stepped back to the 1950s.

      When we first arrived, 8 years ago, all the local kids were slim and healthy. fast forward now they drink Coke and eat packets of potato chips (crisps) and are getting fat.

      My husband loves bread and dripping and he'll continue to eat it.

      Thanks for reading and your comment.

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      les 12 months ago

      i have to smille at those who say its unhealthy,during hard times it was a life saver and no fat kids where i lived.les ps please adopt me.

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      Mary Wickison 3 years ago from Brazil

      I am glad to hear that, it really holds a place in the hearts of many. Thanks for reading and commenting. I hope you are staying warm up there. Here in Brazil it is 30°C (87°F) today. :-)

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      Robin 3 years ago

      I live in Nova Scotia and was born well after the war. I remember having supper at my grandparents every sunday with salt cod, boiled potatoes and pork drippings. Loved it and still do.

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      Mary Wickison 4 years ago from Brazil

      Hi Maureen,

      This has brought back many fond memories for people. My husband loves it but I can't bring myself to eat it.

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      Maureen 4 years ago

      Just finished watching DVD Land Girls during World War 2. I was born in UK 1937 and left to come to Aussie land 1951. I still remember during and after the war Mum giving me Bread & Dripping for my tea. Lovely with salt sprinkled on it. Have not had this since leaving the UK but the DVD Land Girls brought back memories for me. Lovely Bread & Dripping.

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      Mary Wickison 4 years ago from Brazil

      Hello Maggs,

      Thanks for the vote. This hub has taken a few people down memory lane I think. Some foods have gone out of fashion I fear, or else there is just less profit to be made by big companies and so they tell us not to eat those.

      Which is worse though eating processed manufactured foods or the occasional portion of bread and dripping.

      Wonderful to hear from you and thanks again.

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      maggs224 4 years ago from Sunny Spain

      I love bread and dripping and as a child in Britain just after the war I can remember when I would fetch the meat for our Sunday joint from our local butcher he use to often put a piece of fat in with the joint .

      After the joint of meat was roasted the juices and fat would be poured from the roasting pan into a small basin.

      The fat which had been placed on top of the meat which kept the meat basted would be rendered right down and look similar to the crispy port fat in your photo.

      Because the meat and the fat had been seasoned before roasting this crispy fat was eaten and enjoyed by me as often as I could get hold of it because it was very tasty indeed.

      Thank you for this little voyage down memory lane that you have taken me on through your delightful hub.

      I will be voting this hub up and hitting the relevant buttons on my way out regards Maggs

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      Mary Wickison 5 years ago from Brazil

      Hello Phdast7,

      I think this just goes to prove that with exercise, you can pretty much eat what you want. It may have fat but I think that is better than something artificially made.

      Thanks for the comment.

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      Theresa Ast 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      You are so right good memories. Both my grandmothers made and served this, one from Poland, the other from the deep south. When they served this it was with lots of garden vegetables on the side, and after a long hard day of physical labor on the farm. They never had cholesterol problems and lived into their late 70's and 80's. I spent time with both grandmothers and your article brought back lots of memories. I look forward to reading more of your work in the future, :)

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      Mary Wickison 5 years ago from Brazil

      It appears this has brought back a lot of memories for people. Enjoy it and thanks for stopping by.

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      jimmy 5 years ago

      what a beaut memory, my dad was famous for his fried bread. drippings from nights before spread on fresh bread and pan fried for supper. guess what im' having tonight, thank you.

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      Joanna McKenna 5 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      Drats! I've been simply eating the fat on the edge of a roast or a pork chop when I could've put it aside to make this yummy one-off dish! You can be sure that won't happen again. I *have* to try this! Maybe I already have. Something about this sounds vaguely familiar... I know my mother never made it, but pretty sure two aunts on my dad's side did when I was a child, so I would've had when visiting them.

      I agree with Gordon. Wouldn't recommend this as daily fare, but as an occasional treat, sure! ;D

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      Mary Wickison 5 years ago from Brazil


      Thanks for the comments. George my husband would agree with you about being a man of taste and culture. LOL

      I think it is true some of the fast foods are worse for our health than traditional home-cooked fare. When you taste food as it was originally prepared, you realize how much we have lost in our strive for convenience.

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      Linda Crampton 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This hub brought back so many memories! I never eat bread and dripping now, but I loved it when I was a child in Britain - especially when the bread was toasted. I still remember its delicious taste. It was one of my favorite meals!

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      Gordon Hamilton 5 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

      Hello, Blond Logic

      I am of the generation after that one born during the war (my parents were both born just before WWII) but well I remember my Gran using beef dripping to make chips and making a, "Piece and dripping!" It sounds so off-putting to modern generations and is not the healthiest of concoctions but the reality is that it's a million times healthier than that fast food, burger muck! Saturated fats aplenty - but not a modern day, trans fat in sight ;)

      A piece and dripping (pure beef fat) is a wonderfully tasty production and brings a tear to the corner of my eye with the childhood memories it conjures up. Provided it is not eaten as the centrepiece of a diet, I see nothing wrong in the occasional indulgence.

      Your husband is clearly a man of taste and culture! :)