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A clear, savory jelly typically derived from the preparation of fish or meat. Aspic consists of the fat and other juices released by meat during its heated preparation. As these liquids cool, they congeal and can be collected and used as garnish, in molds, or as flavor enrichments in other dishes. Especially if the liquids are further clarified, the finished product will consist of a relatively clear, relatively firm jelly in which eggs, fruits, and vegetables can be suspended in a visually decorative, usually savory mold. Jell-o and Spam are examples of aspic dishes.

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Terrine de mère et de fille (aspic with supsended eggs, chicken, and vegetables), February 26, 2006" by Anthony Georgeff is licensed under CC BY.

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