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What is Beef Tallow? And What Could You Do With It?

Beef tallow is delicious and versatile. But, is it good for you? Or just another fat with a high-calorie content? The idea of eating it may seem alien to most modern people without an appreciation of history. If you’ve ever wondered what is beef tallow and what could you do with it, this article was written for you.

What is Beef Tallow?


Beef tallow is a type of rendered beef fat. This process involves heating the beef fat until it liquefies and then separating the liquid fat from the solids. The liquid fat can then be used for cooking or other purposes, as it has a high smoke point and a neutral flavor. Additionally, it is shelf-stable and can be stored at room temperature.

It can be made from any type of beef fat, but most often, it is made from suet. Suet is the hard white fat that surrounds the kidneys and loins of beef cattle. It is a good source of saturated fat, which makes it a good choice for cooking purposes.

What Could You Do With Beef Tallow?

Here are some ideas:

  • Use it as cooking oil – it has a high smoke point so it’s good for frying
  • Use it as a candle making ingredient – it gives candles a nice, clean burn
  • Use it in soap making – it creates a hard bar of soap that lathers well and doesn’t dry out your skin.
  • Melt it down and use it as a moisturizer – because of its high smoke point, beef tallow is great for deep frying. However, when melted down, it makes an excellent moisturizer for your skin. It’s especially good for people with dry skin.
  • Use it as a lip balm – the same principles apply as with using it as a moisturizer. It is great for keeping your lips hydrated and preventing them from becoming chapped.
  • Feed it to your dog – it is a great source of energy for dogs and it helps keep their skin and coat healthy.
  • Use it to make biodiesel – it can be used to make biodiesel, which is a renewable fuel source.

As you can see, there are many things you can do with beef tallow. It’s a versatile ingredient that has many applications. So next time you have some beef tallow on hand, don’t just throw it away – think about all the creative ways you could put it to use!

What Does Beef Tallow Taste Like?

It is relatively flavorless but has a slightly nutty, beefy taste.


It has a flavor that’s very similar to butter (which also comes from cows), but it has a higher smoke point and a more neutral flavor than butter. This means that you can use beef tallow for high-heat applications (like frying) without worrying about burning it. It also makes for delicious baked goods that have more of a neutral flavor than those made with butter or coconut oil.

If you’re looking for an alternative to butter or vegetable oil in your recipes, try using beef tallow instead! It will give you the same rich taste without the dairy content or strong taste of coconut oil.

How to Cook With Beef Tallow


Cooking with beef tallow is a great way to add flavor and calories to your food. Here are a few ways to cook with it:

  1. Add it to your favorite soup or stew recipe to add some richness and depth of flavor.
  2. Use it as cooking oil for frying or searing meat. It has a high smoke point, meaning it can handle high temperatures without burning.
  3. Mix it with herbs and spices to make a flavorful rub for meats like pork or lamb.
  4. Use it as a substitute for butter or other cooking oils in baking recipes. It will add a rich, savory flavor to your baked goods.

A few recipes  to get you started:

Where to buy beef tallow?

You can purchase beef tallow online or at some grocery stores.

When you buy tallow, you should look for a product that is 100% beef fat and has been rendered. You should also check the ingredients to make sure that there are no other additives or chemicals.

How to Store?

Because beef tallow is shelf-stable, it may be kept on the counter for days in an airtight container at room temperature. When not in use, store it in the refrigerator to keep it from oxidizing accidentally; however, it is not necessary. The most essential thing to keep in mind is that the jar it’s stored in is tightly sealed. For months, you may freeze tallow from beef.


1) Is beef tallow bad for you?

There is some debate over whether tallow is bad for you or not. Some people say that it is unhealthy because it is high in saturated fat, while others say that it is a healthy fat because it contains conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) and other nutrients.

2) Is beef tallow the same as lard?

No, tallow and lard are not the same. Lard is made from pork fat, while beef tallow is made from beef fat.


You may ask yourself, “What is beef tallow?” You might wonder why you should have it and what can be done with it. You could ask, “What does it do for us?” or “Where can I buy it?” It can be used for cooking, hair care, soap making, as a fuel in candles and lamps, at campfires, anywhere an animal fat could be used. Men also used to use it as a shaving cream.

Nowadays people are starting to use it again because they realized just how healthy this animal fat is.

And finally, a very interesting fact I learned is that beef tallow has been stored and remained edible for over 1 year. That’s pretty cool and I think everyone should have some of their own!

Janet Poth

Hi, my name is Janet. I am the co-owner of Saved By The Max and a chef by trade. I studied food, art, and music in college and enjoy cooking French food as well as making craft drinks like cocktails and kombucha on tap!

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