How long will an open tin of goose fat last?
November 3, 2007 2:47 PM   Subscribe

How long will a tin of goose fat last once opened?

I have a tin of goose fat. (On a related note, the Borough Market is the greatest place on earth.) I intend to roast potatoes in some of the goose fat, but not all of the goose fat. In fact, I'll probably only use about 1/4 of the tin.

How long will an opened tin of goose fat last in my fridge, assuming that I cover it with cling film and treat it with the respect that it so richly deserves?
posted by generichuman to Food & Drink (8 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Best answer: It'd be fine for a couple of months.

(I find it sits squarely in "consumed way before it would need to be thrown out" territory.)
posted by ambilevous at 2:57 PM on November 3, 2007

I'm not 100% sure about goose fat, but duck fat freezes really well and lasts for a very long time frozen.
posted by mikel at 3:42 PM on November 3, 2007

I can't see why it would be any different than chicken fat, tallow, or lard. Whatever the standard guideline is for those should apply to goose fat as well.
posted by Steven C. Den Beste at 3:44 PM on November 3, 2007

Chuck it in the freezer and it'll last forever. I've had duck and goose fat both eventually go bad in the fridge.
posted by foodgeek at 5:03 PM on November 3, 2007

I would consider covering in plastic wrap and then putting the whole works in a tupperware container, lest it take on the flavors of your fridge. Fat absorbs odors pretty well.
posted by ian1977 at 5:33 PM on November 3, 2007

Best answer: I'd also take it out of the tin. When there's no oxygen to react with the metal of the container, the flavor isn't affected. Once the air is making contact with it, I wouldn't place any bets on the flavor staying good in a metal container. Glass is good!
posted by InnocentBystander at 6:53 PM on November 3, 2007

freeze it in chunks, and then defrost as desired.
posted by thinkingwoman at 1:07 AM on November 4, 2007

Best answer: What thinkingwoman said. Me, I pour it into an ice-cube tray and freeze that. (And I sometimes do the same thing with the tail-end of a bottle of wine, or water that I've been soaking chipotles in, which is great for adding a hot, smoky kick to casseroles, sauces, etc.)
posted by kxr at 3:04 AM on November 4, 2007

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