Dripping is an animal fat produced from the fatty tissue from healthy bovine animals in EU approved processing plants. The modern manufacturing method is to extract the liquor by low temperature rendering before refining, bleaching and deodorizing.
The UK's annual usage of dripping is approximately 40,000 tonnes of which 25,000 tonnes is produced in the UK with 15000 tonnes imported from the Western European Countries. A large proportion of dripping goes into fish and chip shops with the remainder going into food manufacturing such as gravy granules, suet puddings, roasting potatoes and bakery shortenings / margarines.
Each factory is operated under strict supervision of Government Veterinary Inspectors to guarantee that every aspect of its operation, from raw material sourcing and reception, through processing to end product quality, meets the complex and stringent requirements of the European Animal By-Products Regulations (1774/2002/EC). Dripping is used for cooking, especially in British cuisine, significantly so in Northern parts of the UK. Dripping is perceived as less healthy than vegetable oils due to its high levels of saturates however, the chemical analysis is very similar to Palm oil and therefore is very stable when used under extreme frying conditions. Dripping is non-hydrogenated and naturally low in trans fatty acids.
The typical composition of dripping is (%):
Traditionally, fish and chips were fried in beef dripping, and this practice is still prevalent mainly in the old mining areas across the whole of the UK. As most people eat fish and chips no more than once a week, dripping should not present a health issue as long as a balanced diet is followed.
Fish and Chip lovers across the UK will be coming together again on Friday 1 June 2018 to once again celebrate the nation’s favourite dish and NEODA are proud to be organising this special day again. Following the phenomenal success of the event last year, National Fish & Chip Day 2018 will see people throughout the country celebrating their love of the this iconic meal from fish & chip shops, pub chains, restaurants, retailers, to the fishermen and farmers who provide the sustainable and natural ingredients used to create it. We want to help Fish & Chip shops across the UK benefit from this awareness day and can offer advice on decorating your shops, running special promotions and competitions and generally creating a huge buzz about fish and chips. Keep an eye on this website for further information.
NEODA offers huge congratulations to the winner of the National Independent Fish and Chip Shop of the Year for 2018 - Millers Fish and Chips, Haxby. Congratulations also to 2nd placed Burton Road Chippy, Lincoln and 3rd placed Harbourside Fish & Chips, Plymouth.