Schmaltz and Cracklings

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Appears in Cook's Illustrated March/April 2023

You can buy schmaltz but it's almost as easy—and just as delicious—to make your own.

SERVESMakes about ½ cup schmaltz; ⅓ cup cracklings

TIME55 minutes, plus 30 minutes cooling

Schmaltz and Cracklings

WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS

Rendering chicken skin and fat to produce schmaltz has been done for centuries. All you do is cook chopped skin and fat in a nonstick skillet very gently and slowly—it takes roughly an hour—and then strain it. The golden fat can be used for...

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