What is Tallow?

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What is Tallow?

Tallow is the rendered fat of beef or mutton. It is derived from suet, which is the hard, raw fat generally found around the loins of kidneys. Sounds lovely, doesn't it?!

Rendering is the process of melting it down. The fat begins as a solid, but it melted and strained, resulting in an abundantly healthy solid cooking fat.

It is very much like lard, that is made from pork fat, but instead, comes from cows or sheep.

How to Use Tallow

Tallow has many wonderful uses:

  • high-heat cooking, such as sautéing and frying
  • in pastries
  • in skincare products, such as this homemade whipped balm,
  • lotion bars
  • soap
  • candles

Where to find tallow?

Tallow can be made at home via a slow melting process or purchased premade.

I usually buy mine from Fatworks (available on amazon) or US Wellness Meats.

Tallow should be from pasture-raised sheep or cows that are 100% grassfed.

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