Rendering tallow

I’m really getting into this whole paleo lifestyle, but don’t like coconut oil for cooking savoury dishes and so thought I’d have a go at rendering my own tallow (lamb in this case), and it’s surprisingly easy.

I bought a pack of lamb fat at the local supermarket ( as I’ve said previously, you really can get anything here) trimmed off most of the excess meat, which the dogs really enjoyed, and set about slowly rendering the remaining fat. I used a heavy saucepan on top of the stove, using the smallest burner and putting the saucepan on a trivet so that it really was a slow melt, but this can also be done in a slow cooker, it just takes a bit longer.

The whole process took about 4 hours, by which time most of the fat had melted and there were bits of crispy lamb meat in the pan. I poured the hot fat through a muslin lined sieve into a slightly warmed mason jar (to stop it cracking)’ and got a full 500gms. I didn’t render it all, as it was getting late, and thought I might render the rest the following day, however we gave the leftovers to the dogs and chickens as we were too busy to keep watch over a boiling pan of oil the following day!

I have to say, I’m really pleased with the result. The tallow is a creamy colour, is odourless in the jar, but gives off the most wonderful aroma when used. Food cooked in the tallow is much tastier also.

The only thing I would do differently next time is pour into a small loaf tin and then once solid, cut into squares and wrap in grease-proof paper, as this is quite difficult to get out of the jar when solid – and we have to keep it in the fridge here. Photos of the finished product below

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