It is actually quite simple, and there are many ways to do it (i.e. you can use a pan on the stove on a long simmer) but I am going to walk you through how I do it with a crockpot.
There may be many ways to render lard or tallow -- to get the same result, I am going to use my way. If you have any pointers, tips, etc you are welcome to put comments in below, in fact, I welcome them as I always am looking for tips to make life easier!
Tallow -- comes from cows
Lard -- comes from pigs
1. Find a good source of "suet".
|slab of bovine kidney fat|
We order a full cow from a local farm and split it with my sisters. They don't want the suet so I request that (and the bones, etc) from the butcher when I go to pick up the cow.
If you don't live in an area where it is readily available to do that, then just go to your local butcher shop (or ask around at the butcher shop in your grocery store -- you may be surprised that it is available there!)
This is the hardest part about making tallow. So once you have this done, the rest is a breeze.
I would recommend starting out with less than 5 lbs of it -- this will make enough to last a while -- you can use it to fry chicken, potatoes, etc. or make soap, or make beauty products like the best face cream ever.
2. Chop the suet into pieces around 2".
|pieces of chopped suet|
This doesn't have to be exact. It makes it "render" quicker and makes it easier to fit into the crock pot when they are smaller pieces/chunks.
3. Put the suet in the crock pot on LOW for about 24 hours.
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But, I HIGHLY recommend doing it outside if possible. This smell is not one that is appealing. And, if you are neurotic like me and can't stand the thought of sleeping while something in the kitchen (like the crock pot) is plugged in and cooking, for fear of fire, then outdoors will allow you to sleep better as well!
4. Scrape off the "impurities from the top.
|This image is from Divine Health From the Inside Out|
5. Pour into glass jars.
|image from Google|
You can use a funnel to pour or you can use a ladle, whatever is convenient for you. Fill the jars up and let them cool off a bit before putting them into the fridge. They will last longer when kept in the fridge.
6. YOU ARE DONE! AWESOME! Wasn't that easy?
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About Me: Hi! I am Rebecca :) I am the owner of Purify Your Body Detox Foot Pads. I love natural health and wellness, and I love to eat real food. :)
I love my family, and my pets. I actually love all animals -- they are much nicer than most humans! I don't watch TV and haven't watched a movie in the theater for more than 6 months. I would much rather read a book!
I love to garden and make homemade products -- body butter, toothpaste, perfume, cheese, yogurt, etc. It tastes better when it's made from scratch!