What is beef tallow?

In Uncategorized on August 29, 2010 at 3:06 am

The tallow derived from beef is called Stearin . Unlike suet, tallow can be stored for extended periods without the need for Refrigeration to prevent Decomposition , provided it is kept in an airtight container to prevent Oxidation .

It is used in animal feed, to make Soap , for Cooking , as a Bird Food , and was once used for making Candle s. It can be used as a raw material for the production of Biodiesel and other Oleochemicals .

Industrially, tallow is not strictly defined as beef or mutton fat. In this context, tallow is animal fat that conforms to certain technical criteria, including its Melting Point , which is also known as Titre . It is not uncommon for commercial tallow to contain fat derived from other animals, such as Swine .

At McDonald’s restaurants, French Fries used to be fried in 93% beef tallow and 7% cottonseed oil.


Suet is the fat from around the internal organs of a cow. It has nutritive properties that encouraged ancient peoples to prize it for fertility. It is used in foods such as Pemmican. The Fat from the rest of the beast is simply called tallow and is great for deep frying as it’s high saturated fat content makes it very stable.

Cut fat into small pieces. Render with or without added water. Since tallow has more saturated fat, you are less likely to burn it if not using water but cook on low heat and watch the process, it burns pretty quickly.


* You can cut the fat into strips and store in the freezer before you render.
* When rendering large amounts of fat, use a meat grinder, the minced fat will render quicker. Grind frozen fat or it will melt in the machine.
* Pre-measure the rendered fat you store in the freezer in 1/4 cup sized blocks so you know how much you have for a recipe.
* If you don’t want your house to smell like grease, render on a portable element or barbeque (with an extra element) outside.


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