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weird foods: "chicken fat"

Porter Square Star Market has a "heavily discounted meats" shelf, and twice now I've seen packets labeled "chicken fat". "Ooh," I thought. "Raw schmaltz!" Not really: it's more like scraps of chicken meat with fat -- maybe skin? -- attached. First pack, I'd taken out a couple pieces to melt for cooking, discovered they were meaty, cooked and ate those two, then ignored the pack until it smelled bad. This time I fried the whole mass at once, in a pan. Surfaces cooked easily enough, but interior was taking longer, so I poured in what I *thought* was a small amount of water, to flash steam them. Not sure if I poured in too much or induced fat melting, but there was a lot more liquid than I thought. Anyway, ended up with fully cooked chicken bits plus an impromptu broth flavored by "burnt stuff stuck to the cast iron pan", which is really tasty.

At least I'm contributing to use of the whole animal! 99 cents a pound, of pure meat.

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