do you refrigerate beef tallow

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.

Tallow is rendered beef fat, and much like pork lard, leaf tallow is made from the fat that surrounds the kidneys. Grass-fed beef tallow is prized for its mild beefy flavor and the many uses both in and outside of the kitchen. We render grass fed beef tallow from our 100% grass fed, grass finished Hawaii Island beef. The end result is a beautiful golden hued grass fed beef tallow.

Tallow is used for roasting and frying. You could use tallow for baking if you want to impart beef notes or earthiness into the baked good. ( A beef pot pie with tallow crust- so much yes!)

Roasting with beef tallow creates a crispy outside and moist inside of just about anything you put it on. Tallow roasted vegetables and potatoes are simple dishes made decadent with the addition of a little grass fed beef tallow.

Frying with tallow is possibly the best use of beef fat. Tallow has a smoke point of 420ºF which is why tallow lends itself well to high heat cooking like frying. The original McDonald’s french fry was fried in tallow. Grass fed beef tallow is also good for getting a nice searing steaks!

What is the shelf life of beef tallow?

Beef tallow should last up to a year when stored at room temperature. If you make your own beef tallow, you might choose to use it sooner than that when compared to a sealed store-bought version with a printed best-by or expiration date.

If you refrigerate beef tallow, it should last up to 18 months. If you pop it in the freezer, the shelf life increases to two years (or more!). However, refrigerating or freezing beef tallow will make it very hard since it’s high in saturated fat, which freezes more easily than the unsaturated fats in vegetable oils.

Beef tallow’s normal/ideal texture is butter-like at room temperature. If you do choose to refrigerate or freeze beef tallow, you’ll need to allow plenty of time for it to thaw (or run it under a warm water bath) before using it, since it will harden and be difficult to scoop out of the container.

Tallow is used for roasting and frying. You could use tallow for baking if you want to impart beef notes or earthiness into the baked good. ( A beef pot pie with tallow crust- so much yes!)

Tallow is rendered beef fat, and much like pork lard, leaf tallow is made from the fat that surrounds the kidneys. Grass-fed beef tallow is prized for its mild beefy flavor and the many uses both in and outside of the kitchen. We render grass fed beef tallow from our 100% grass fed, grass finished Hawaii Island beef. The end result is a beautiful golden hued grass fed beef tallow.

Roasting with beef tallow creates a crispy outside and moist inside of just about anything you put it on. Tallow roasted vegetables and potatoes are simple dishes made decadent with the addition of a little grass fed beef tallow.

Grass fed beef tallow isn’t just flavorful and a great local option for high-heat cooking, it’s also a healthy option. Tallow contains linoleic acid which is considered a natural anti-inflammatory. Grass-fed beef tallow is rich in vitamin A and vitamin D. Because our grasss fed beef tallow comes from cows raised on the Big Island, they get lot’s of Hawaiian sunshine creating vitamin D which is stored in fat.

Frying with tallow is possibly the best use of beef fat. Tallow has a smoke point of 420ºF which is why tallow lends itself well to high heat cooking like frying. The original McDonald’s french fry was fried in tallow. Grass fed beef tallow is also good for getting a nice searing steaks!

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.

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.

FAQ

Do I need to refrigerate beef tallow after opening?

Store beef tallow in the fridge or freezer for long-term use if you don’t plan on using it regularly. For best results, store beef tallow at room temperature if you use it regularly. This will make it more easily scoopable/spreadable at room temperature.

Is beef tallow liquid at room temperature?

Beef tallow is the name for rendered beef fat. It’s a liquid when heated, but as soon as it cools, it solidifies and remains solid at room temperature. But as you’ll read below, the bad stuff is taken out and the good stuff remains.

How do you store beef tallow moisturizer?

Tallow can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a year, the whipped body butter can be stored at room temp for at least 4-5 months.

Is rendered beef fat shelf stable?

Tallow is the solidified, rendered fat of a sheep or cow. With a waxy texture similar to butter or coconut oil, room-temperature beef tallow is shelf-stable; it will keep unrefrigerated in an airtight container for months without spoiling.

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