After making a couple of batches of beef bone broth, I have about a quart of tallow as a by-product. The bones came from grass-fed beef raised by a friend of mine, so it's of the highest quality, but I'm not sure what to do with it. I tried frying some potatoes in tallow once, but I wasn't thrilled with how they came out; I prefer them fried in olive oil. Most things at our house are cooked in bacon grease or butter. I love the flavor of bacon grease and butter - the tallow, not so much. I hate to throw it away! Should I give it to my dog, or does someone have a better idea?
I would definitely fry food in it. Frying in olive oil damages the phenols. I wouldn't heat up any olive oil you use past 350 degrees.
Also great soup base ingredient!
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Perhaps using your favorite fats and oils mixed with a portion of tallow would be more tolerable? For example, if you usually cook eggs in bacon grease, perhaps 2-4:1 mixture of bacon grease to tallow would be doable?
Because of the favorable fatty acid profile, it's worth the tweaks and effort to make it a part of one's diet.
I render leaf lard and then use it as a cooking oil. I imagine your tallow would be similar, though there could be other solids dissolved in it since it came from stock.
Lard stacks up pretty well to olive oil in terms of health, but note that the lard that is usually available in grocery stores has been "trans modified" (i.e. trans fats) and is as bad for you as Crisco.
I think lard/tallow is a great fat for cooking, though food tends to absorb the lard more than it absorbs olive oil, which might be why you did not like it with potatoes. Try using it to fry meats or leafy vegetables. I had duck breasts fried in lard last night, it was great.
If you have a lot and want to get rid of it and want to indulge, deep fry something in it. I am sure someone's got a recipe for Paleo-friendly deep fried coconut fritters or something. It's a wonderful fat for deep frying, but usually too expensive to use on the regular.
The best use for Tallow is to make soap. Look up cold process soap making, add your favourite oils and fragrances and you have a plentiful supply of natural soap. Plus its good for the environment.Soap biodegrades, tallow doesn't.
Anybody have any more suggestions on this? I just bought a bucket of grass fed tallow and HATE how it smells. Smells like dog kibble. An yway to hide the smell/taste? (My original vision was to use it as the fat to sear sous-vide steaks, but I get really turned off even by the smell of it heating up in the pan).