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With new evidence that consuming reheated canola oil can lead to oxidation, inflammation, and possible heart disease, there’s been a rise in lard, tallow, and beef dripping as a cooking fat.
Tallow is commonly used on a Keto or Carnivore Diet because it’s high in saturated fats and has no carbohydrates.
Let’s explore all things tallow.
Tallow is a fancy way of saying rendered beef fat. This means it’s cooked slowly until it becomes a usable liquid.
Most often tallow is from beef or mutton, however, the industry loosely classifies rendered animal fats from sheep and horses as tallow too.
What’s the Smoke Point of Tallow? What Are the Nutrition Facts of Beef Tallow?
Tallow, like many animal products and animal fat, has trace elements of essential vitamins and minerals.
Choline is an essential nutrient that does important work in your body. People whose diets include a lot of choline are more likely to do well on memory and cognitive ability tests. In addition to this, MRI scans have shown that high choline consumption is associated with healthier brain tissue. 
High-density lipoprotein (HDL), or “good” cholesterol helps keep your cardiovascular system healthy. It also aids in the removal of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) or “bad” cholesterol from your arteries. 
Vitamin D helps regulate the amount of calcium and phosphate in your body. These nutrients are needed to keep your bones, teeth, and muscles healthy.
Vitamin E is important for organ function in your body. It is also an antioxidant. This means it helps to slow down aging processes that damage cells. 
Selenium:Selenium is an essential trace mineral that assists with cognitive function and fertility. Selenium may help prevent cardiovascular disease, thyroid problems, cognitive decline, which means disorders related to thinking, cancer, and others.
What Is the Difference Between Beef Tallow and Lard?
Lard is essentially ‘old-fashioned butter’. It was, and still is, used in pastries, sausages and pates. You’ve probably eaten many saturated fats and not even known it. It’s also used to make body butter.
It contains high amounts of saturated fat (healthy fats) and no (bad) trans fats.
It was quite common until the Industrial Revolution era. During this period it became a lot cheaper to manufacture vegetable oils like soybean oil.
Beef tallow is the modern version of lard. It's used more often in cooking and baking.
What Is the Difference Between Tallow and Dripping? Is Tallow Good for Me?
Yes tallow is good for you. Now that the myths around fat are busted and the truth about vegetable oils is out in the open, fat is making a comeback.
The health benefits of beef tallow range from immune system benefits and improved brain function, to essential skin repair healing vitamins, minerals and fatty acids like palmitic acid which enable the healthy function of cell membranes.
If You Use Tallow You Might Notice These Benefits
Tallow benefits fat loss because it is rich in conjugated linoleic acid. CLA is a powerful polyunsaturated fatty acid that's been shown to help fight cancer, discourage weight gain from body fat and build muscle.
Not only are fatty acids like Conjugated linoleic acid a top source of animal protein, but they’re also higher in precursors for vitamin A and E as well as cancer and heart-disease-fighting antioxidants.
Beef tallow contains stearic acid which helps to repair damaged skin. It also contains the best ratio of fat. These are the essential building blocks for a healthy immune system and youthful skin cells.
Can You Use Beef Tallow as a Natural Moisturizer? Is Beef Tallow Carnivore and Keto Diet Friendly?
Beef Tallow Sauce
Fry the garlic and onions in tallow until just before browning
- Add wine and broth and bring to the boil
- Simmer for 2-3 minutes
- Add vinegar, flour, and red wine. Reduce for 15 minutes* (*keep reducing if required, until the mixture starts to thicken)
- Add salt and a knob of butter (optional)
Pour over your beef for extra flavor How to Make Beef Tallow Preheat your oven to 248oF Chop your suet into small, bite-sized pieces. (Cut them as small as you can because it will melt better. I generally aim for ½’’ cubes or smaller.) If I’m in a hurry I use a food processor.
- Place into a large pot
- Sprinkle with salt
- Place a lid on and pop it in the oven
Allow 2–3 hours for the fat to break down
- Use a strainer to strain out the leftover jelly bits
- Use a cheesecloth or fine muslin cloth to strain again
- Enjoy your clarified tallow with your next meal.
Stove Top Rendering Process
- Set your element to very low.
- Render for 1½ –2 hours.* *Give it a quick stir about every 1/2 hour.
Handy Tallow Tips From My Butcher
- always choose organic, grass-fed
- Suet is preferred to tallow because it melts fast and has fewer greaves (leftovers)
- Try to use kidney fat (suet) rather than meat fat
Other Uses of Tallow
Tallow has many other uses like soap making. Ever wondered why McDonald's french fries and KFC tasted so good? When they first started they used tallow before they switched to cooking oil, plant oils, and palm oil.
If you’re conscious of reducing your carbon footprint, eat a complete nose-to-tail diet, or simply don’t like to waste food, then pay attention. You can use the greaves - fat leftover from rendering tallow, as food for your dogs or birds.
Cheap Household Products
If you want to go really old-school and save money at the same time, you can make tallow soap with essential oils, body butter, and use it for washing your clothes. If you want to get really creative, you can even make tallow candles. Tallow is to budget-savers what bi-carb soda is to savvy house cleaners.
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What is the difference between tallow and suet? Conclusion
Overall, beef tallow is one of the better cooking fats. It increases healthy fat intake and can replenish the essential building blocks of your skin. Add a couple of essential oils and you have yourself an instant body butter.
It’s definitely having a trending moment thanks to carnivore and keto fat loss diets. Got questions about tallow or more interesting uses for tallow?
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