Originally posted by ocdreamr
Scmaltz is rendered out chicken fat. If you are keeping kosher you can't mix dairy with beef so instead of butter you put scmaltz on your bread. Today it is more likely you would use margerine but schmaltz is the old way.
I'm glad you posted this! There was a mention of this in the Atlanta paper recently: one ultra-Orthodox community in Atlanta refuses to use any commercial margarine because of some shibboleth on how it's processed. They are only allowed to use schmaltz! It was the first I'd heard of it (since I'm Presbyterian, I guess), but in keeping with the tenets of the Kosher diet, using schmaltz instead of dairy makes perfect sense. Maybe they keep Glat Kosher? (Goodness, that's Yiddish sentence order! Thought begets word, as it were.)
Pareve For The Course (I've, Alas, Used That One Before!), Ort. Carlton in Athens, Georgia (Which Has A Conservative Synagogue Est. 1872).