Alternative for Beef Suet

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mikedsh

Alternative for Beef Suet

As I am an Ex-patriot now living in Brazil, I find it impossible to find many of the ingredients that were readily available in the UK! One of these is Beef (or even vegetable)Suet, specifically for making dumplings! Any suggestions???

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JAMES

Suet.

The best alternative is frozen, grated butter. Grate it straight from the freezer.

Not as good as proper suet though, but the best you will manage.

It might be worth ordering on line, loads of companies do UK foods stuffs to be delivered.

I always use the veggetable suet personally.

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Gerry

beef suet substitute

Failing the real thing I agree with James about butter. But Brazil has loads of cattle; can't you get it from a butcher? Suet is just the fat from around the kidneys.
Veggie suet is imo nasty; it doesn't melt and ends up looking like tiny white worms. Sorry James XXX

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Gerry

PS Suet

Any hard animal fat would do; just grate it in or chop finely.

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JAMES

Suet.

I'd say its prob been a whilst since you tried vegetable suet, Gerry.

It's been fine since they re-formulated it about 5-6 yrs ago to remove hydrogenated fat from the recipe. I really do not think its possible to tell the difference any more.

However, as you say, Brazil has cattle, and where there is a butcher, there is suet!

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jon

Alternative for Beef Suet

There are vegetarians in this household so it's always vegetable suet here.

Actually, I do sometimes have a meat meal with dumplings for myself but I find the vegetable suet is just as good.

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Gerry

veggie suet

You're right, James; donkey's years ago, for visitors.

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mikedsh

Suet Substitute

Thanks for the suggestions: Brasil DOES have lots of cattle, but there is simply no demand for suet, so even the butchers dont have it! I did try grated frozen lard, which worked reasonably OK, but i hoped that someone might have a better suggestion!I haven't tried grated frozen butter yet: maybe next time!

I have similar problems with Frozen Puff Pastry and Baked Beans! Simply not available here.

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sam from worthing

Alternative to beef suet.

I agreee with James and Gerry regarding the grating of unsalted butter and use as per recipe (by the way - have a go at gerrys boston baked beans - we love them, i make a huge batch in the slow cooker now, and they freeze perfectly).

i was wondering what you are planning on making with suet (if for mincemeat the butter method as mentioned is perfect, but, i was thinking if your looking as a beef stew addition, have you thought about making a "cobbler" topping which is basically a savoury scone, i use this recipe.

350g self-raising flour
4 tbsp chopped mixed herbs , including thyme, rosemary and parsley
200g chilled butter , grated
juice 1 lemon/or water/even a suitable flavoured stock.
beaten egg , to glaze

Tip the flour and herbs into a large bowl, then season with salt and pepper. Add the butter and mix using a fork. Make a well, then add the lemon juice/water,enough to bind and 3 tbsp water. Gently bring together to make a soft dough. Roll out on a lightly floured surface to about 5mm thick, then cut into rounds using a 7.5cm pastry cutter. Re-roll the trimmings, then cut out more rounds until the dough is used up. After 1 hr 20 mins, take the casserole from the oven, remove the lid, then arrange the circles of dough, overlapping, around the edge of the dish, Brush with egg and bake for 45 mins until golden.

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sam from worthing

alternative for beef suet

also as an extra thought i so much prefer vegetable suet to beef suet now.

Atora and many UK supermarkets own brand veg suet has come along in leaps and bounds in the last few years.

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mikedsh

Alternative to Beef Suet

Thanks Gerry, I have saved and printed a copy of your Cobbler recipe!I'll definitely give that a try! Specifically, I wanted to make herb or mushroom dumplings for beef stews / casseroles.
I often did use the Atora Vegetable Suet before I left England: it's very good, but sadly not available in Brazil!

I too make my own Baked Beans in large quantities and freeze! Opening a tin of Heinz is much easier though!

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mikedsh

Alternative to Beef Suet

Apologies for the wrong name SAM (not Gerry).
And why it keeps inserting strange characters into my text, I don't know! Maybe it doesn't like my Brazilian PC!

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Gerry

strange characters, baked beans

Mike, 1. it's this site
2. the Boston Baked Beans recipe is mine.

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sam from worthing

alt beef suet.

but the cobbler recipe is mine lol.

Actually Gerry, this thread prompted me to make another batch of your beans. i doubled up....still in the slow cooker as i type!

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Paul Bastier

Beef suet

You might try making your own suet from beef fat especially that hard white fat around the beef kidney. There are recipes for this on net and Delia has one on this website.

 
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