What is tallow?
Tallow is rendered from suet (beef fat). Tallow is a saturated fat with a high smoke point, making it a great fat for deep frying. Traditionally, french fries were fried in beef tallow. Ya know, before restaurants decided to switch to those nasty, rancid oils… all for the sake of our health ofcourse.
What else can you do with tallow?
1. Tallow can be used in cooking as you would use coconut oil or butter. Please be aware that tallow has a beef taste. As in… I wouldn’t use it to make your favorite chocolate chip cookies. Or any sweets for that matter! Think meats and vegetables.
2. Sounds wierd, but tallow is great for your skin! I don’t use tallow on my entire face because I’m a bit self concious about smelling like a side of beef. But I use it as eye cream (and use coconut oil on the rest of my face and skin) and think it’s amazing. I’m dying to try this recipe from Holistic Kid for Tallow Body Balm. Her recipe is 3 ingredients… that’s it. The good news is that one of the ingredients is essential oil… so I won’t have to smell like a, um…, cow. She also gives some great information as to why tallow is so great for your skin. In short, it’s readily absorbed and nutrient dense.
3. Tallow can also be used to make soap and candles.
How do you render tallow?
It couldn’t be simpler. Hands on time is pretty minimal.
1. Trim suet of any visable pieces of meat or anything pink.
2. Cut the suet into small and uniform-ish chunks.
3. Pulse in the food processor.
4. Scrape into your crockpot (don’t fill all the way to the top), set on low and walk away for about 4- 5 hours.
5. When the tallow has rendered, there will be some little crunchy pieces that start to clump together floating on top of a sea of liquid gold. Sorry, apparently I missed a picture of this part.
6. Use cheese cloth and a mesh strainer to strain the tallow.
7. Store in glass containers either in your cupboard or the refrigerator.