The first time I saw the word tallow, my immediate thought was, “Don’t they make candles out of that?” Yes, it’s true—you can make candles and soap out of tallow. But did you know that it’s also a great addition to your diet? Who would have guessed?
But what on earth is tallow ? It’s actually the rendered fat from beef and sometimes lamb. The hard, raw fat that’s usually around the kidneys of an animal is called suet, and it’s from suet that we get tallow. A lot of “heart-healthy” advocates like to attack the use of tallow because it’s high in saturated fat, but it’s actually a great choice. It’s also very stable at room temperature, which makes for easy storage and use.
How Do I Use Tallow?
- It’s a better way to fry foods. Naturally, we don’t want to use hydrogenated oils for frying, but tallow is a great way to go if you just have to have something fried.
- It’s a nice addition to eggs. Seriously, eggs soak up beef fat nicely, so you can add a pinch to your eggs in the morning if you’d like.
- Try it with a veggie stir-fry. It goes well with any vegetable, and its flavor is light, so you can use it with ingredients with a delicate flavor that you’d really like to bring out.
- Get adventurous and mix it with some avocado oil and essential oils to make a body balm!
As you can see, tallow is a great cooking ingredient, and you can branch out from foods and make other healthy recipes like lotions. But there’s just one problem—tallow can sometimes be hard to find. Local farmers and butchers are a great place to look (ask if you can buy fat trimmings), but once you’ve got the suet, what do you do?
How Do I Make Tallow?
- Cut the fat into cubes, being sure to remove ALL muscle and tissue attached to the fat (these materials can ruin your tallow).
- For your convenience, freeze your suet for a little bit so that it’s easier