Beef Tallow


Beef tallow is rendered beef fat. Beef fat that you have from cooking any cow product.  Generally you would take the excess beef grease and you would drain it into a glass or tin and throw it in the trash. But this is not good for landfills and it certainly is not helping to feed your local birds who greatly need the extra fat during the cold Winter months.  Many home cooks like to make their own beef tallow so they can make their own suet cakes to feed their local birds in the Winter.  To do this follow the simple steps below:

After cooking beef, drain the excess grease fat into a pan. Once you have a large amount of grease (5 pounds or so), add 2 inches of water, then boil over high heat, when the fat starts to bubble turn the heat down to medium, then turn the temperature down to low and let simmer, after a few hours, your fat will turn a golden brown.  Over a stainless bowl, set a stainless colander with cheese cloth and strain your beef grease until pure. Now you can use this newly created beef tallow in your You Do It Suet®.  You can create pure beef tallow cakes, or you can mix in optional ingredients such as:

  • Nuts
  • Dried Fruits
  • Cornmeal
  • Mealworms
  • Sugar
  • Flour
  • Raisins.

Once hardened, pop your homemade suet cake out and place in any standard suet cage and feed the birds.


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