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I am just so excited to teach you about how to render tallow today!

Can you just feel the enthusiasm?!

I really hope you can because it is truly authentic. I am so passionate about teaching people how amazing healthy fats can make you feel. I spent so many years of my childhood, teens, and early 20 somethings with a brain and endocrine system literally starved of fat. I grew up right in the middle of the “low fat” fad and it truly robbed an entire generation of the very substance that makes hormones, metabolism, and growth actually work.

How To Render Tallow :: A Simple Tutorial

Why Tallow?

Before we get to the tallow rendering, I really (really!) highly encourage you to hop over to this article to read some of my favorite articles about the benefits of animal fats. I want you to read it from the source – animal fats like tallow, lard, and even butter have such amazing health benefits. Not only do they make food taste so good, but they really can make positive health changes in your body from lowering cholesterol, to burning unwanted body fat using naturally derived CLA, and helping stabilize blood sugar, and increasing energy.

Also, my cookbook, Nourished Beginnings, is a fantastic guide for using your newly rendered grassfed tallow – most of the recipes include animal fats for growing kiddo’s brains.

How To Render Tallow :: A Simple Tutorial

So many uses!

Grassfed tallow has a high smoke point – so it is great for cooking, baking, and frying. Many frying oils used today have lower smoke points, and/or they go completely rancid with time on the shelf and heat added to them. Grassfed tallow not only has a great shelf life in the fridge, but you can cook with it without turning it into a trans fat, so you can keep all the amazing benefits from the fat.

And bonus! Grassfed tallow is so nourishing to the skin! I sneak to the fridge before I hop in bed every night and scoop off a little for my face, and I keep a small jar of it mixed with lavender essential oil for my baby’s bottom if she ever gets red with teething. It works so good! Sometimes my hands get a little dry and irritated in the winter months if I have had them washing dishes all day and washing hands all day from diaper changes and a little tallow on my hands before bed and my hands are good as new in the morning!

How To Render Tallow :: A Simple Tutorial

Fast prep, and no fuss

It doesn’t get much simpler than this either! Pulse it up in your processor, and into the crockpot it goes with a little water for a couple hours! Done!

How To Render Tallow :: A Simple Tutorial

Sourcing your grassfed tallow

If you don’t know where to find a source for grassfed suet, ask around at your farmer’s markets. You can also check EatWild’s website, or ask at your local WAPF chapter!

How To Render Tallow :: A Simple Tutorial

How To Render Tallow :: A Simple Tutorial

Renee -
Tallow is a traditional fat. Make sure you get the good parts when you get an animal for the freezer.
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Course Condiment
Cuisine American


  • Grassfed beef suet I usually do about 4-5 lbs at a time
  • Water I figure about ½ cup per pound of suet


  • Chunk up the suet into manageable pieces for your food processor.
  • Pulse the suet into small pea sized pieces, and then put it into a large slow cooker.
  • Add the water to the suet in the slow cooker and cook on low for 1 ½ - 2 hours.
  • Strain out the pieces left behind, and store your rendered tallow in the fridge. The tallow will be yellow in color when you strain it and will become cream/white in color as it cools and is refrigerated. Shelf life in the fridge is a good 3-6 months! I store a cup or 2 in the fridge and the rest I store in ½ cup portions in the freezer good for months.
Keyword how to render tallow, tallow fat
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  1. 5 stars
    I have never been brave enough to render my own tallow….but now it looks like I don’t have an excuse anymore! Does it come out fairly odorless?

    Thanks for the great post!

    1. Hi Tash! I think it smells like you’ve been cooking a beef roast when you are doing the rendering. The tallow itself does have a beefy smell to it initially but once it cooks it doesn’t give that flavor to the food at all. I prefer lard over tallow for baking however. Tallow is best for savoring frying like making french fries, and for other savory cooking like stir frys, sautes, etc.

  2. 5 stars
    Wow! I ‘m definitely sold on the benefits of healthy animal fats, but the use of suet is brand new to me. Thank you for explaining to beginners like me exactly how to render and use it. I imagine using it anywhere I use butter or ghee. And to moisturize my hands! 😉

  3. Hi, Renee….thanks so much for this lesson. I make roasted bone broth, twice a week. I used 7 or 8 pounds of knuckle bones, and a couple of shin bones (shanks). When I pull them out of the over, voila, rendered fat. I also save the fat I draw off the broth, while it is cooking…I cook with that as well…I have fallen in love with grass fed beef, bone broth (I consume about a litre a day), the rendered fat. My next project…tallow soap…

  4. So basically tallow is melted fat from cow, right? Like Nicacook said, i save the fat from making bone broth and use it to cook, adding them to different recipes. I never made soap or cream with it though. Sounds interesting. Thx for the recipe.

    1. Hi Dr Karen! Yes it is the fat from cow. If you use the fat from making bone broth for skin care I would highly recommend using a nutmilk bag or something to filter out the pieces of sediment you will get from cooking the broth. When you render just a piece of suet like I did above it just comes out “cleaner” than from making bone broth.

  5. How/when do you add lavender oil for hand moisturizer. Do you keep it in the fridge as well? If not kept in the fridge, how long does it keep? Thanks so much for the info!

    1. Hi Kristen! I make a small jar of a few TB of melted tallow and just mix in about 15 or so drops of lavender. I keep it in the fridge. I am not certain on how it keeps outside of the fridge – the skin care part of the tallow is not my expertise – if you look up making tallow balm I’m sure you can find more information.

  6. My neighbor made tallow out of hog fat. (great sausage). Is pig tallow as good as beef tallow? Thank you for the help.

  7. i make tallow balm regularly, about 1/2 cup each of tallow, coconut oil and Shea butter. I add ylang ylang and bergamot essential oils, and it is heavenly. And it keeps forever.

  8. You’ve probably got a 50/50 shot with a hay box. I usually don’t bring my fats up to that high of a heat to render them but that doesn’t necessarily mean it can’t be done. That being said you could try it with a hay box and if it doesn’t work you could try a solar oven. Would definitely be interested in finding out if the hay box works for you!

  9. You’ve probably got a 50/50 shot with a hay box. I usually don’t bring my fats up to that high of a heat to render them but that doesn’t necessarily mean it can’t be done. That being said you could try it with a hay box and if it doesn’t work you could try a solar oven. Would definitely be interested in finding out if the hay box works for you!

  10. I love cooking grassfed beef bone broth and canning up for future use. I also save the tallow forsautéing. Can i just buy Suet. I shop at Wholefoods. How do i get hold to just the Suet

    1. Hi Janice – I don’t have a Whole Foods here but you could ask. If you check with your local WAPF chapter or ask around at farmer’s markets you can find a local farmer which would be my best advice for finding some!

  11. Hi, I was not aware that you were supposed to add water in with your fat when you render tallow? I’ve made it before and just melted the fat, strained it through a fine mesh strainer, and put in jars. It solidified and I scooped chunks out and melted in the pan when I was going to use it. What is the purpose of the water, does it make a better end product? Thanks!

  12. Hi Renee! About how many cups of tallow does 5 lb of suet make? And what do you consider a good price for grassfed suet? (U.S. Wellness meats has some for $5/lb…not sure if that’s steep) Thanks!!

    1. Hi Kimber 🙂 I can get about 2 quarts of tallow from about 5 lbs of suet and that price is pretty comparable with what I am getting locally – ours is about 50 cents a pound cheaper. Hope that helps!

  13. 5 stars
    I did this today after putting it off for several weeks. I only wanted to try with 1 pound of suet, and this method worked amazingly well. I am looking forward to using this tallow in my cooking.