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Let's Talk Beef Tallow: A Multi-Purpose Powerhouse

Welcome, beef enthusiasts, culinary masterminds, and skincare fanatics, to the world of beef tallow! Seems like an odd group to bunch together, right? Not so much. Buckle up, because we're about to explore how this culinary wonder can transform not only your dishes but your skincare routine, too.



What is Beef Tallow, Anyway?


Great question - beef tallow is what we like to think of as "liquid gold" in the beef industry. Picture rich, creamy fat from the finest beef rendered down, and simmered to perfection until it turns into a liquid gold. When it congeals it has a thicker, creamier consistency that likens to something like butter.


How to Make Beef Tallow at Home


Now, let's get down to business - how do you make beef tallow at home? Fear not, the process is simpler than you might think. All you need is some high-quality beef fat, (we recommend using our Suet Fat or Fat Trimmings - which you can find here), and a bit of patience.


  1. Find Your Fat: We recommend our Suet Fat, both our On-Tap and Wagyu varieties, or our Fat Trimmings, great in both our On-Tap and Wagyu varieties as well. Our fat has minimal meat attached, which is best for making your very own liquid gold.

  2. Render Like a Pro: Cut the fat into small, uniform pieces and toss them into a heavy-bottomed pot or slow cooker. Set the heat to low and let the magic happen. As the fat melts away, it will transform into a glorious pool of liquid tallow.

  3. Strain and Store: Once the fat has rendered completely, strain it through a fine mesh sieve or cheesecloth to remove any impurities. Transfer the liquid gold into clean jars or containers and let it cool to room temperature. Pop it in the fridge, in a dark/cool cabinet, or in the freezer for longest lasting freshness. Congratulations – you've just become a master tallow-maker!

*The more "yellow" beef fat or tallow appears, the better! The yellow tint comes from higher levels of beta-carotene in our beef, which is the same yellow-orange pigment that gives carrots their color. Beta-carotene provides the body with Vitamin A, an essential vitamin.


More Than a Cooking Oil


Now, let's talk about the many ways you can unleash the power of tallow in your life:


In the Kitchen:

  1. Sautéing Superhero: Use tallow for frying, sautéing, and roasting to give your dishes a rich, savory flavor. From fries to steaks, tallow takes your cooking to the next level.

  2. Baking Bestie: Swap out traditional fats for tallow in your baking recipes for flakier pie crusts, melt-in-your-mouth cookies, you name it.

In Skincare:

  1. Nourishing Nectar: Believe it or not, tallow is a skincare superhero. Its high concentration of vitamins and fatty acids makes it an ideal moisturizer for dry, thirsty skin.

  2. Glow-Getter: Tallow's resemblance to the skin's natural oils allows it to penetrate deeply, leaving your skin soft, supple, and radiant.



Benefits Galore: Inside and Out


But wait, there's more! Beyond its culinary and skincare prowess, beef tallow offers a plethora of health benefits:


  1. Nutritional Nirvana: Tallow is rich in healthy fats and essential nutrients like vitamin E and omega-3 fatty acids, making it a nourishing addition to your diet.

  2. Skin Saver: Say goodbye to dry, irritated skin – tallow's moisturizing properties soothe inflammation and promote healing, leaving you with a complexion that's as smooth as butter.


Here at Hi Bräu, we're big fans of knowing where the products that both go into and on our bodies come from. We can guarantee that our beef is raised with NO antibiotics, hormones, growth promoters, or other yucky things you don't want in your food. By making your own tallow, you can rest easy knowing that your cooking oil (or skincare product) is naturally sourced and directly benefits a family farm - not to mention you may save a few dollars in the long run.


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