“If we had goose for our Christmas dinner my mother used to drain the fat from the goose and put it in a jar. This was then stored and used whenever we had a cold, rubbing it on our throat and chest and then wrapping an old sock or something woollen round the neck before we went to bed.”

Miss D Snowling, West Yorkshire



“Quite a few years ago we used to spend Christmas on a farm in Cumbria. And we always used to take a goose with us for Christmas lunch. One of the local farmers found out about this and asked if we would save the goose fat for him. When I queried him about what he wanted it for, he said he rubbed it on his cows’ teats to prevent mastitis. Is this the first time it has been used for this?”

Mr Carter, Keighly



“My Gran used to keep the goose fat to rub on our chest if we had a bad cold or such. She would then slap on a sheet of brown paper on top to keep the heat in. it usually worked. The smell was terrible. The local farmer used it to grease the wheel hubs of his carts…it stopped all the squeaks!”

Frank Long, Somerset



"We use to polish and water proof football boots with goose fat. It will make them fly!"

Mr Goodman, East Yorkshire



“If you brush your pizza cooking pan with goose fat it gives an extra depth of flavour to your pizzas.”

Marian Cox, Humberside



“I owe my life to goose fat. It was 1928, I was three weeks old, born at home and very ill with whooping cough. I had ruptured myself coughing and had to have an operation (I have still got the scar).

I was not expected to live and was returned home and baptised there and then due to the poor prognosis. Along comes the district nurse, puts me in a steam tent and at least twice a day rubs my chest and back with goose oil. There were no antibiotics back then. The result? A reasonably active and healthy 79 year old, all thanks to dear old goose fat.”

Harry Cunliffe, Chester



“We have hunted with the Bicester for over 20 years and have always found that the best way to protect our horses’ heels in the wet is to put a liberal coating of goose fat from the pastern joint across the bulbs of the heel.

We also use goose fat across the back and rump when we are turning out youngsters in the winter that have been in the barn for a while. We don’t use rugs as they always seem to get caught up, but the goose fat forms a protective waterproof cover that keeps off the wet and stops rain scald. It works equally well when we turn out the clipped hunters in the spring.”

Jenny Taylor, Lockwoods Farm, Bucks



We would like to hear from you...

Is Goose Fat special to you? Do you have a secret goose fat cooking tip? Or perhaps you have discovered a unique health benefit you would like to pass on? Whatever the story, recipe or comment, we would love to hear from you.

Email with your thoughts.