How to Render Suet into Tallow
Rendering Beef Suet into Tallow is a very simple process. For most people the most difficult part is finding Grass Fed, Pasture Raised, Beef Suet. I always recommend buying from a local farmer, However if you are unable to find a local source you can buy quality Beef Suet to render online, Click HERE for where I recommend.
And just to remind you, I ONLY advocate the consumption of fat from cows that were raised exclusively on organic pasture, that have eaten only GRASS. Cows that have eaten grains are not healthy animals and thus are not healthy for us to eat.
Here’s How I Render Beef Suet into Tallow:
1. Coarsely Chop your Suet (solid beef fat)
2. Put your chopped suet into a large pot
3. Render your Suet over low/medium heat – You want to “melt” it low and slow to avoid burning your tallow.
4. After all the suet has melted, the leftover bits have browned and are floating on top of the liquid fat (at least an hour or longer) remove your pot from the burner to allow it to cool slightly.
5. Strain the browned bits from the liquid fat by straining your tallow through a colander lined with cheesecloth. (we scoop out the bigger bits first, just so it’s a little easier)
6. Transfer your liquid tallow to glass jars and allow to cool to a solid at room temperature.
7. Tallow will keep for a couple weeks at room temperature, for longer storage refrigerate or freeze. Frozen tallow will keep up to a year.
I have been rendering tallow to make soap and to really get all I can out of it I then use what is strained out to make suet balls. I have never had so many woodpeckers at my feeders!