We went back to the farm for some more delicious grass-fed beef. We were happily reading labels and prices and tallying totals when I saw it.
One of the refrigerators (all of which are labeled with what they contain) stated that on that particular top shelf I would find beef suet. Yay!!
I was thrilled to discover that I had access to suet from healthy cows, from which I would render the delicious and SO GOOD FOR YOU tallow. Oh. I was so happy.
I put three packages in my bag, which ended up totaling 6 pounds of suet.
Here they are. Mmmmm, looks good, right? No? Just looks like fat to you?
Oh, but it is so healthy. (A low-fat diet is not your friend. We've been duped.) I'll give you a link at the end. Stick with me.
I cut that six pounds of suet into some manageable pieces. And placed them in two roasting pans.
The looks of it after about two hours. (You want to render it very slowly, at a low temperature... I do it at 170 degrees.)
This is after eleven hours! I had to smash the pieces a bit with a fork.
Following one more hour in the oven after I smashed all those pieces that were still trying to stand tall, I put them through "the sieve." Smash the daylights out of that, too. You'll be surprised at how much tallow still renders after you think you're done.
That delicious yellow color tells us we have much value here... nutrients. It's a beautiful thing.
Two full quarts, plus a half pint of super-healthy tallow; that's what you get from 6 pounds of suet.
And this is what it looks like after it has cooled. Completely solid!
Here's how I use it:
- Fry eggs, etc.
- Saute veggies
- Roast herb-tossed veggies
- Fry fish and cutlets
- Fry Mozz Balls
- Tallow Tabs for Dogs (supplement)
- I also use tallow in my body lotion and deodorant - those recipes coming soon
"Stearic acid, found in beef tallow and butter, has cholesterol-lowering properties and is a preferred food for the heart." ~Sally Fallon Morell (source)
Taking the fear out of eating fat.
I recommend reading the articles linked above.
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