Britannia Beef Dripping

Intermission: Dripping


I gather the word is unfamiliar to many around the world - simply put, dripping is the fat juices collected from a roasting joint. The fat drips into a tray and is collected for cooking with later, hence dripping.

Let's look to Wikipedia to see if there is a better description: "Dripping, also known usually as beef dripping or more rarely, as pork dripping, is an animal fat produced from the fatty or otherwise unusable parts of cow or pig carcasses. It is similar to lard and tallow although tallow is an unacceptable flavor for shortening or cooking generally."

"Preparation is traditionally described as collection of the residue from meat roasts but true production is from such residue added to boiling water with a generous amount of salt. The stock pot should be chilled and the solid lump of dripping which settles when chilled should be scraped clean and re-chilled for future use."

So, much akin to lard and tallow.

Dripping is awesome! It is that simple. Furthermore, dripping is pretty much defended as the last bastion of pre-industrial food and used widely in Yorkshire in traditional food as well as our plentiful 'Chippies' - Fish & Chip shops, in fact I talked about dripping in the post about Chips.

Dripping has a high smoke point (something like 280C) and checking the figures on the Rancimat analysis can be continuously fried for something like 40 hours before it becomes oxidised.

Now, that is a fat! That is a fat fit for paleo!

Britannia brand is popular throughout the UK and can be found in most supermarkets. It is commercially extracted, but don't let that put you off. As I mused in Coming in From the Cold, when it comes to packaged food we have the ingredient principle to guide us: "does the list of ingredients read longer than the description of the food?"

Description: Finest Beef Dripping
Ingredients: Beef Dripping

It passes!


  1. Yup I can also add a vote for this stuff and there's another advantage too - it's very cheap compared to Coconut oil which is hard to come by in the UK. About 1 tenth the price!

  2. I get coconut oil from Tesco - it's in the World Foods section: http://www.mysupermarket.co.uk/tesco-price-comparison/Oils_And_Vinegar/KTC_Coconut_Oil_500ml.html

    Not all supermarkets will carry it.

  3. I buy coconut oil on-line from the importers Coconoil, either via Amazon or now directly from them. http://www.coconoil.co.uk/ If you buy in quantity it's a lot cheaper, they're currently selling 12x460g pots for £72 including postage. I bought that offer with PayPal and it arrived in two days.

  4. Thanks for stopping by Peter - that coconut oil looks very good indeed!

    Do I gather you're from Swansea? I spent a few years in Swansea back in the early '90s. I was very dark and depressing then, much the same as the Bradford I left. We visited again about 10 years ago and what an improvement! It's a cracking city now ... Bradford stood still.

    Anyway, if I send you down loads of cheap coconut oil from my Tesco source could you send me back up a bucket of laver bread? I love the stuff, but it's so "gourmet" (and so priced) buying off the internet. Tray of laver bread and a cockles sprinkled over from Swansea market was my idea of heaven.

    1. Hi Paul, yes I have to admit I'm living in Swansea. :-)

      Will I be shunned if I admit to not liking laverbread, though cockles bought by the pint are wonderful. I love the market, so much good fresh food at reasonable prices.

    2. Awwww! Laver bread is awesome! You need to keep trying it until you like it :)

  5. Anyone searching for coconut oil in the UK should visit an asian/ethnic supermarket (common in large towns and cities). I get 500g for around £2.35 which is much cheaper than the usual supermarkets. Not as cheap as dripping but it's nice to mix up your oils once in a while. Still for roasting or deep frying I swear by Britannia dripping, it gives such a lovely texture.

    1. ... absolutely right about south/east Asian supermarkets being the place for bargain coconut oil. Red palm oil, too.

      Sainsbury's not stock an organic virgin coconut oil in their oils section, along with goose fat ... my current favourite.