Beef Fat is often seen as a useless product. However, grass fed beef tallow is so healthy and useful that it’s a shame to waste it. We like to save the beef fat from our cattle and render it into grass fed beef tallow.
Beef tallow is a hard saturated fat that is stable at room temperature and has a high smoke point. This makes it a great option for cooking!
Is beef fat good for you? Yes it is! One of the biggest benefits of tallow is how healthy it is. What are the tallow health benefits? Grass fed beef tallow is high in conjugated linoleic acid, B vitamins, Vitamin K2, Niacin, Selenium, Iron, Phosphorus, potassium and riboflavin. Since we now know that natural saturated fats are healthy and important, tallow is a great option to use for pan frying vegetables, pan searing steaks and more. I tend to use it more in savory foods since the flavor profile works well for them. If you’re going to fry foods the high smoke point of tallow (400 degrees Fahrenheit) makes it ideal. You can make some excellent french fries or donuts fried in tallow. French fries and donuts are not the healthiest foods, but if you’re going to make them why not fry them in an oil that is healthy, rather than frying in toxic vegetable oils.
There are many other uses for tallow. You can use it to make soap, candles or salves and balms for skin health. In fact, send some of our tallow to Lancaster Handcrafted Soap Company to make beautiful artisan soaps.
So how do you render tallow? First you will need some beef fat, so talk to your local farmer. Here are great instructions on how to render tallow. One tip I have learned for rendering tallow is to keep the lid cracked while redering and occassionally check for water droplets on the lid. If there are still water droplets or you see steam when you lift the lid then the tallow isn’t finished yet. It’s important to render until all the naturally occurring water is gone from the tallow. This ensures your tallow will last a long time.