I'm interested in making a traditional Christmas pudding but I've never seen suet available in the stores around here. Assuming I can't find any, what would be a good substitution?

  • Step 1: acquire a piglet. (seriously, what's your geography?) – bmargulies Jul 10 '10 at 13:26
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    Any butcher should have suet, they won't have it on display (not these health conscious days). I'd be surprised if they can't produce some on request. I use it once or twice a year (a very small peice in with roast veg gives them an incredible flavour), and my butcher never charges me for it. – Binary Worrier Jul 10 '10 at 19:34
  • @Binary You will find it's quite country dependant. In some countries it's just not possible to obtain suet. – Pulse Jul 13 '10 at 11:53

For Christmas pudding, there really is no substitute. In some recipes it's possible to use finely grated, very hard, unsalted butter, or a vegetable shortening, but the results are just not the same.

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Use beef fat or lard if your butcher can't supply.

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