From making tallow to cook with to moisturisers… let’s look at the best ways to utilise this healthy wholefood.
How we utilise beef fat as food
There are 2 ways we like to use beef fat:
- Raw mince suet sprinkled on some of our meat meals – usually on our mince and eggs or mince/liver/kidney and eggs for brekkie, with some pink salt. Or topped on a piece of rump steak.
The fat melts on the just-off-the-fry-pan food and has quite a nice taste and texture.
If eaten totally raw and still a bit firm it can be quite chewy and stick to your teeth. Some carnivore-diet followers enjoy this texture but we don’t. You might, so give it a go!
As mentioned in previous posts (Part 1, and Part 2), beef fat in it’s raw state is said to be more nutrient-dense and bio-available than cooked fat (tallow) so it’s a good idea to add it to meals when possible to boost good calories, create satiety and increase energy levels.
2. Tallow to consume as is and to cook with.
We always have a jar of homemade tallow beside the stove to use on our two permanently-placed cast iron pans and to use on food we’re roasting or to dollop on our cooked meals.
Cast iron is a super healthy cooking surface and requires almost no cleaning (less washing up, always a nice thing when you don’t own a dishwasher and cook all meals from scratch!) and tallow with it’s high smoke point and high nutrients / low anti-nutrients makes a great seasoning and cooking fat.
You only need to add a very thin layer of tallow to cast iron pans to keep them seasoned and for cooking, so tallow goes a really long way and lasts a really long time.
How we utilise beef fat on our skin
By making and using tallow moisturiser!
Why is grass-fed tallow good for our skin?
Tallow closely mimics the fats and oils we have naturally in our skin.
This includes the fatty acids and cholesterol in the cell membranes of all our skin cells as well as those that sit in between skin cells, forming the protective barrier function of our skin.
Strong, healthy cell membranes help keep skin cells plump and well hydrated. It helps protect skin from moisture loss and leaves skin looking soft and hydrated. It will also help replenish any missing components in our skin’s barrier function.
Grass-fed tallow also contains fatty acids that closely copy the oils that we produce naturally as sebum.
As we get older, our skin slows down on the production of these oils that keep our skin soft, supple and youthful looking.
So, grass-fed tallow helps put back what time takes away.
Rejuvenating the appearance of skin, as well as smoothing out the look of fine lines and wrinkles.
Good quality tallow also contain essential vitamins such as fat soluble vitamins A, D, E and K which are all really important for healthy glowing skin.
The other bonus is it’s high in essential Omega-3 and 6 fatty acids, with a ratio of 1:1, to help protect the skin and boost immune function.
Tallow moisturiser is super easy to make and an affordable natural skincare product, or you can simply lather on some pure tallow if you like, it feels so nice on the skin!
How else do we use tallow on our skin?
By making tallow soap (or a combination of coconut oil and tallow)!
Making natural soap is so good for our health and the environment, and is a great way to utilise healthy tallow. Especially with any tallow that went a little too far in the rendering process and ended up slightly over ‘done’. We like to label these containers “for soap” and keep in the fridge until it’s time to make a batch of about 24 bars.
Have you made natural soap before? It’s so rewarding and so so so cheap!
To get started with these you’ll need to buy yourself some grass-fed tallow or make it from scratch. Making tallow is definitely the less expensive option and the one we always choose.
Here’s a video on how to do just that!
Let us know how you go making your own tallow then stay tuned for the next post…
The next blog will include:
- How to make tallow moisturiser
Until then, please let us know if you have any questions or comments, we’d love to hear from you!
Clint + Aimee
Natural Fitness + Lifestyle Coaches
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