When we had our steer killed back in August, I asked the butcher to keep some of the fat for me, so that I could render it to tallow. With the previous animal, I had attempted to render in a large pot over an open fire. This is not how to render fat, I just made a big black sticky stinky mess. So this time I put the fat in the freezer and did some research first. This post was very helpful and I decided to use the slow cooker to render the fat. We don't have a food processor that I could use to chop the fat, so I fed it through our mincer/juicer, which was very messy, and would have worked better if the fat was more frozen at the time.
|preparing the fat is rather messy|
I forgot to take a photo of it in the slow cooker, but you get the idea, a slow cooker full of minced fat, turned on low and left for several hours until all the fat had melted. Pete then helped me to pour the melted fat through a sieve and into old homebrew cans. From a nearly full 5L slow cooker, we got 1 and a half cans - over 1 kg of pure white tallow.
|The hot tallow - it turns white again when solidified|
We then cleaned up all the fat/tallow mess and managed to block the s-bend under the sink with a neat plug of tallow.... lots of detergent and hot water are recommended at this stage!
The tallow can be used for cooking, but I really wanted to try making soap with it..... more on that tomorrow.
Have you ever tried to render fat?