Christmas Pudding And Suet

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kah22

Christmas Pudding And Suet

I was looking at Delia's Christmas pudding recipe and looking forward to making it but was disappointed that she didn't suggest or give a substitute for real suet.

As she said herself "The solid, dense fat that encloses beef kidneys is true suet, and a substance very hard to obtain in its whole form as butchers no longer receive suet intact, with the kidneys in the middle."

Anyway can anyone suggest a reasonable substitute.

Doubt if your reading this Delia but if you are what's your take on it?

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Welshcookie

Suet

Why don't you use vegetarian suet? Widely available in supermarkets.

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JAMES

Suet.

Just buy a box, its in every supermarket going.

Available as beef suet or vegetable suet. I buy the vegetable as its 30% less fat and totally indistinguishable from the beef version.

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SonyaK

Suet

I can't get veg suet here so I just used butter this year.
It's been recommended by others on here.
I grated it, but as it melts during the cooking I think I'll just add it already melted next time!

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SonyaK

Suet

Actually I used butter in Delia's Mincemeat.
I don't make Christmas puds, but think the same would apply?

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Welshcookie

Suet

I think I misread the tone of the OP; what the poster is looking for is 'real' suet. Don't know where the poster is, but most 'real butchers' will have it, otherwise Atora.
Real suet is such a faff as you have to pick out all the little bits of connective tissue. Stick with the packets.

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kah22

Christmas Pudding And Suet

Thanks for your replies everyone. I thought that suet was just cows fat but when my local butcher told me exactly what it was, the hard white fat on the kidneys and loins of cattle, sheep, and other animals,' and that it was difficult to get it and to be honest I became confused - what should I use!

Anyway from your replies I've been able to trace a product called 'Atora Shredded Suet,' which I should be able to get at my local Sainsbury's. I doubt though if it is real suet for as it says on Atora's website ' Today, Atora sells more than 2,300 tons of suet in Britain each year - enough to make one million dumplings a day!' and that would be a lot of animals

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JAMES

Suet.

It is real suet, well 85% suet and 15% flour.

Obviously the vegetarian version is not! :)

 
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