can you freeze beef tallow

Beef tallow can indeed be frozen, which prolongs the shelf life of the fat by a significant margin. By stashing it in the freezer, you can prevent rancidity, ensuring it remains stable and highly usable. Freezing also allows you to stockpile tallow, which is a bonus if you are a home butcher making it yourself.

Do you know your Tallow from your Suet? These traditional cooking and naturally nutrient dense dietary fats are making a welcome comeback.

Modern, high fat, low carb, low inflammatory diets like the Carnivore Diet, Paleo, AIP and Ketogenic Diets have turned this beef fat into a shining star but there is still quite a bit of confusion out there on the difference between Suet and Tallow. In this article we explain:

Beef Suet is the hard fatty part of the cow that surrounds the kidneys and around the loins of the carcass. Beef Suet has a white appearance, slightly crumbly, and almost dry to the touch. Suet has a melting point of between 113 °F (45 °C) and 122 °F (50 °C).

The high smoke point of Suet makes it the perfect beef fat for stable frying and was a traditional way of making calorie-dense pastries, puddings, and pies.

Tallow is the rendered or melted down version of suet. Tallow is simple to make at home DIY and gives you a clean, healthy animal fat that you can cook with, baste with, sauté, deep fry, or even spread like butter. Just a couple of generations ago and before the modern obesity and diabetes pandemic, beef tallow (rendered suet) was what people used to cook with as their main cooking oil.

Not only does Beef Tallow have a very high smoke point and a long shelf life at room temperature, but it’s also a way to ensure we’re using the whole animal in our cooking ~ a practice our forefathers understood the value of and that we’re re-learning how to do today with nose to tail eating.

What is beef tallow?

Since it might not be quite as well-known as shortening or olive oil, let’s quickly review what beef tallow is before we go into storage guidelines and shelf life.

Beef tallow is the rendered fat from beef (other types of tallow are made from different sources, like pigs and mutton). Rendering fat is the process of evaporating moisture from the fat, making it more shelf-stable and less likely to bacterial growth. Bacteria need moisture to grow, so removing the excess water helps reduce bacterial growth!

Raw beef fat (suet) is rendered into beef tallow, similar to how raw pork fat is used to make lard. Beef tallow can be used in cooking, soap making, as well as beauty uses such as making salves and balms, to name a few uses.

How to tell if beef tallow went bad

If beef tallow has begun to spoil, there will be clear signs that it’s going bad. Watch out for these warning signs that beef tallow has gone bad:

  • Scent: it has a soapy, sour, or otherwise rancid scent (fresh beef tallow should smell similar to beef jerky or smoked beef).
  • Taste: it has an unpleasant taste.
  • Look: the beef tallow has become discolored, has signs of mold growth, or is rock-hard at room temperature.

WHERE TO BUY SUET?

To ensure the highest quality and purity, we suggest you buy suet:

  • Directly from a reputable certified organic beef farm verified as Grass-fed by an independent verification body.
  • A local butcher that has access to Certified Organic Grass-fed Beef.
  • Starting in 2021, you can purchase Organic Grass-fed Suet and have it delivered to your home by TruBeef.

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can you freeze beef tallow

Beef tallow can indeed be frozen, which prolongs the shelf life of the fat by a significant margin. By stashing it in the freezer, you can prevent rancidity, ensuring it remains stable and highly usable. Freezing also allows you to stockpile tallow, which is a bonus if you are a home butcher making it yourself.

FAQ

How do you store beef tallow for long term storage?

Store beef tallow in a cool, dark location to prevent oxidation and spoilage. Air, heat or light exposure may cause fat molecules to fragment and turn rancid. Freezing is another effective method to prolong its shelf life by slowing the oxidation process and maintaining freshness.

How long does tallow last vacuum sealed?

the best way to keep it is by vacuum sealing the fat or tallow making sure it is absolutely clean and dry. It will keep that way in a cool and dark place for well over a year.

Should I save beef tallow?

Beef tallow is very stable and does not even need refrigeration. I couldn’t tell you how long it lasts, because I usually finish using each batch before I even get to worry about it the expiration date. That said, if you keep it in the fridge, it should keep for a few months.

Does beef tallow freeze well?

Storing Tallow is even easier. Tallow will solidify and keep at room temperature in a sealed container for up to a year and won’t go rancid. Beef Tallow will keep even longer in the refrigerator or indefinitely in the freezer.

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