what to do with leftover beef fat

One option is to save it and use it for cooking other dishes, such as sautéing vegetables or frying eggs. The fat can add flavor to the dishes. Another option is to mix it with birdseed and create suet cakes for wild birds. This can be a beneficial way to repurpose the fat and provide food for local wildlife.

If you smoke brisket from time to time, you have probably purchased cuts that required trimming because they were fattier than usual. Of course, some people do not mind plenty of fat on their brisket because it adds taste but many people do mind and hence trim it off before throwing their brisket cuts in the smoker.

If youre wondering how to trim a brisket the right way, check out our step by step guide.

If you do mind fat on your brisket, perhaps you’ve just trimmed it off and are wondering what to do with it. You are in the right place! In this article, we will reveal to you all the things you can do with your brisket fat trimmings.

How to render fat scraps in your air fryer

First of all, make sure your air fryer basket and tray are clean and dry. Cut the leftover, cold fat into half-inch chunks, and heat the air fryer to 400℉. Place the cubes on the tray in the basket and cook for 5 to 15 minutes, depending on how much fat you have, until you’re left with golden pieces of beef cracklin’ on the tray and a pool of fat below. Remove the cracklin’s and the tray, and pour the fat into a ramekin. You can strain through a sieve to extend its shelf life, but I usually don’t.

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If you smoke brisket from time to time, you have probably purchased cuts that required trimming because they were fattier than usual. Of course, some people do not mind plenty of fat on their brisket because it adds taste but many people do mind and hence trim it off before throwing their brisket cuts in the smoker.

If youre wondering how to trim a brisket the right way, check out our step by step guide.

If you do mind fat on your brisket, perhaps you’ve just trimmed it off and are wondering what to do with it. You are in the right place! In this article, we will reveal to you all the things you can do with your brisket fat trimmings.

How to make lazy tallow

what to do with leftover beef fat

Usually, when making a lot beef tallow, you simmer the fat in a large stock pot until the water evaporates, leaving behind an almost-pure fat. You then strain out anything that is not fat, and store it in clean jars in the fridge, where it will keep for a long time. My process is much less involved, and doesn’t require any straining (because I use it fairly quickly).

I left Clyde’s with the lower third portion of my prime rib which, as you can see, came with a chunk of fat. It turned hard and opaque in the fridge, not suitable for the salad the rest of the beef was destined for. Instead of chucking it, I cut it into small pieces and tossed it into the air fryer. By the time those fatty bits were browned and crispy (essentially beef cracklin’s), about two tablespoons of tallow had pooled in bottom of the basket, under the little tray—all from that small chunk of fat. If you don’t have an air fryer, that’s alright; you can use a pan.

One option is to save it and use it for cooking other dishes, such as sautéing vegetables or frying eggs. The fat can add flavor to the dishes. Another option is to mix it with birdseed and create suet cakes for wild birds. This can be a beneficial way to repurpose the fat and provide food for local wildlife.

FAQ

What can I do with leftover cooked beef fat?

Roast potatoes, base for a roux for gravy, frying onions or frying anything else for that matter, anything really that needs a bit of fat. Except cake baking of course, that would be gross. Beef dripping on toast is very good too.

What can be done with beef fat?

Besides cooking with beef tallow, you can also use it in a few other places in your kitchen. For example, beef tallow is a great ingredient to use to season a cast iron skillet. You can also apply beef tallow as a conditioner to smooth wooden cutting boards, wooden utensils and even leather.

Can you reuse beef fat for cooking?

A highly saturated fat like beef tallow isn’t as susceptible to useage-decay as, say, soybean oil. As long as it’s stored properly in an airtight container—preventing oxidation—beef tallow will be good for many uses before you have to replace it.

What to do with meat fat after cooking?

You can use bacon grease, lard, or even beef tallow as the fat for flakey pie crusts. Some swear by bacon grease for biscuits. Add a teaspoon or two to flavor cooked vegetables, like green beans. To save grease for cooking, allow the pan to cool, but don’t wait so long that it congeals.

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