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rendered beef suet
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Homemade Beef Tallow Recipe

Learn how to render beef tallow in 2 easy steps. Beef tallow is a versatile animal fat with many uses. It is an excellent fat for keto, carnivore, paleo, and other diets that promote from-scratch cooking with ancestral foods.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time3 hrs
Total Time3 hrs 15 mins
Course: Sauces, Dressings, and Dips
Cuisine: Traditional
Servings: 1 tablespoon
Calories: 128kcal
Cost: $6


  • Beef suet


  • Chop the suet into small pieces either by hand or by pulsing in a food processor.
    how to render tallow chop
  • Add the tallow to a large pot and place over low heat. If using a slow cooker, turn the temperature on to "low".
    how to render tallow cooking
  • Stir occasionally, every hour or so, for 3-4 hours to prevent the suet from sticking to the bottom of the pot. If using a slow cooker, stir in a similar manner and adjust the cooking time to at least 4 hours and up to 8.
    beef lard
  • Tallow is done once the cracklings are completely shriveled. Let cool slightly before straining and pouring into a storage container of choice.


Please read the full post for tips on storing and using homemade tallow. I also provide a detailed analysis of the pros and cons of chopping by hand vs using a food processor.
Approximately 8 pounds of suet renders into 4 liters (4 quarts) of tallow. Therefore, 1 pound of suet yields approximately 0.5 liter (1 pint) tallow.


Serving: 1tablespoon | Calories: 128kcal | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Sodium: 1mg
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