Definition of suet in English:



mass noun
  • The hard white fat on the kidneys and loins of cattle, sheep, and other animals, used to make foods such as puddings, pastry, and mincemeat.

    as modifier ‘suet dumplings’
    • ‘In a large mixing bowl, mix together the flour, suet and coriander, and add enough cold water to form a soft dough.’
    • ‘Mincemeat is not difficult to make, especially if you use ready-made suet.’
    • ‘They were invited to sample haggis, the national dish of Scotland - that spicy mix of offal, suet and vegetables, delicately encased in sheep's intestines.’
    • ‘Mix the flour, suet and a pinch of salt together in bowl.’
    • ‘Today I watched as two young Carolina wrens waited for mom or pop to feed them some delicious white stuff that you and I call suet.’
    • ‘The sugar and flour in this dish have very little nutritional value, but studies suggest that the saturated fat in butter and suet is not a major cause of weight gain or heart disease.’
    • ‘The dogs had been kept in the dark shed, no heat, no light, no evidence of food, apart from a few pieces of suet and bone in a bucket outside.’
    • ‘The traditional Scottish delicacy is made from a lamb or deer's stomach stuffed with offal such as the lungs and heart, suet, oatmeal and seasoning.’
    • ‘Try putting some suet in an onion bag, tying it to a tree branch and see what happens.’
    • ‘And traditionally many do use suet instead of butter.’
    • ‘Use suet or specialty suet cakes with added berries or peanuts to attract woodpeckers, chickadees, titmice, Carolina wrens and wintering warblers.’
    • ‘Standard ingredients are flour, breadcrumbs, suet, dried fruit, eggs, treacle, spices, sugar, and milk, with a raising agent and often with some apple or carrot.’
    • ‘Often accompanied by a soup or broth, these types of dumplings can be made with a base of anything from potatoes, semolina, farma, or even suet or meat.’
    • ‘However, instead of suggesting his film star friends stick to their egg-white omelettes and leave his suet pastry crusts alone, Roddam decided to do something completely different.’
    • ‘It is important to mix peanut butter with other ingredients such as cornmeal, suet, or oats, as it is possible for birds to choke on pure peanut butter.’
    • ‘Try grains, nuts, flour and cornmeal in your suet, too.’
    • ‘Insect-eating birds go for suet and peanut butter; seed eaters prefer sunflower seeds, millet and mixed birdseed.’
    • ‘Today's pies are made from the sweeter ingredients and usually contain shredded suet, raisins, sultanas, apple, and candied orange and lemon peel.’
    • ‘We laugh now at Mrs. Beeton's quaint terminology and the way she'd suggest,‘Take two pounds of flour, a pound of shredded suet and a dozen eggs.’’
    • ‘The suet in suet cakes is rendered, or cooked, so it becomes less prone to melting and spoiling, and then is made into pressed cakes.’
    fat, oil, cooking oil, animal fat
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Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French, from the synonymous word su, from Latin sebum ‘tallow’.