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Old 11-18-2012, 02:43 PM   #1
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Default Today's Project- rendering tallow!

Today during the Packers/Lions game, I'm going to set up in my kitchen where we have a little TV and watch the game and render tallow.

I just picked up my portion of my grass-fed side of beef, and asked for the fat as well. I ended up with a LOT of fat, as the slaughter house gave me more than my own portion. I bet I have 30 pounds of fat.

And it was free.

I'm following the rendering directions on a paleo-lifestyle website. I'm going to use the grass-fed tallow for cooking, as well as for soap. Tallow soap is really an amazing soap, and tallow is good for cooking as well.

I wanted to render some deer tallow this year for soap, but the deer haven't been very cooperative so far so it's a good thing I have the beef fat!

I'm going to try dry rendering in the oven at a low temperature. If anybody has any tips, I'm all ears!

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Old 11-18-2012, 03:24 PM   #2
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back in the 80 i use to render beef fat at a restaurant i worked at for our deep fryer. we just did it in a tilt braser (really big skillet) we just cooked it slowly and then poured it off. both method of in oven or on top of the stove will work just be really really careful and make sure you have a fire extinguisher with an ABC rating handy. a boil over of that stuff is not something you want to deal with. tallow make awesome fries. duck fat is even better.

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My meat grinder was borrowed by a friend, and I had forgotten! So I cut the fat into big chunks, but it's taking a long time. Next time I'm going to grind the fat before rendering.

But now my creative juices are flowing. I think I'm going to make some tallow candles, and some tallow/beeswax candles, and then of course I put some tallow in ice cube trays to freeze for cooking use. An ice cube is about right for frying up some onions, I think. I'll put them in zip loc bags once they freeze.

The thing is- I need MORE tallow now for soap!

Oh, and this sounds crazy, but the tallow is super creamy and rich feeling. So I'm thinking about a tallow/shea butter whipped body butter. I think that would be awesome, with some lavender and bergemot essential oils.

This could start a whole new obsession.

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Old 11-18-2012, 06:50 PM   #5
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Well, I didn't take photos although I'm not done yet.

It's pretty boring- just a bunch of fat baking in a slow oven. I've poured off quite a bit of fat through a strainer and cheesecloth into the ice cube trays and into two smaller containers with a lid for cooking, and then a bigger tupperware for my soapmaking.
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Body wash is pretty much a soft soap. Like shampoo, only with extra stuff to help out the skin. Sounds reasonable to me.

Deer don't generally have that much body fat. I'd probably leave most of it in the portion that's going to be ground up for flavor.

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Body wash is pretty much a soft soap. Like shampoo, only with extra stuff to help out the skin. Sounds reasonable to me.

Deer don't generally have that much body fat. I'd probably leave most of it in the portion that's going to be ground up for flavor.
No, I don't like the flavor of deer tallow at all, and totally remove it. I didn't get enough fat off of the last deer to make it worth it for rendering, though!
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Well..........it came out great. Nice, creamy white fat. I was so excited, and planning to make soap with a large portion of it.

Bob wandered in, and asked what I was doing. I told him, and he convinced me to make all of my grass-fed beef tallow available for cooking. He googled a few things, and it looks like that is an ideal cooking oil, so he convinced me.

So I turned over all of my rendered tallow to the cooking guru of our family. It's in smaller packages and I showed him where in the freezer to find it. He loves the ice cube sized ones, and I think they'll be used for all of our cooking needs.

But I still have some more tallow (from Angus beef) to render on another day.

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Are you going to make soap for straight razor shaving?

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