Did God have a small over sight for those of us in northern climates? Apparently he didn’t realize that the sun doesn’t shine regularly in some places. Good thing we figured out how to manufacture Vitamin D and put it in a pill so it’s easy to ship all over.
WAIT A MINUTE!
Suet is for the birds, right?
That’s the only way I saw it used growing up. But that would be leaving one of the beef’s best parts out!
What’s so great about suet, and it’s rendered form tallow, you ask?
Here are five reasons you need suet and tallow in your life.
The monosaturated and saturated fat of grass fed tallow is deeply satiating to promote weight loss, and are increasingly found in research to promote healthy blood vessels for good cardiac health.
- It’s very high in the fat soluble vitamins A (think eye health), D (Immune system health), E (hair and skin, including your intestinal lining/skin), and K (healthy blood and bones). These cover most of your major body systems! In the scope of a balanced diet of grass fed meats and nutrient dense veggies, these are truly bioavailable because they’re in their God packaged and designed form.
- With a very high “smoke point”, tallow is safe to use in the frying pan and in cooking. It won’t break down and create oxidizing, cancer causing free radicals when heated.
- As it’s very high in CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) and Omega 3 fatty acids, suet and tallow help protect and nourish your heart, which is the seat of joy and life for you.
- Grass fed suet and tallow are shelf stable. Suet can be refrigerated for long periods of time. Once rendered into tallow, it can be stored in jars for years without going rancid. This ensures you have a long term source of healthy fat for cooking, cleaning (if you make soap), and skin care.
How can you use tallow?
Here are some places for you to start:
- In the frying pan. Use it in place of your vegetable based oils (heaven help us all!) or butter to fry eggs, meat, veggies, etc.
- Whip as it cools, or mix 50/50 with lard (my personal favorite) for a body lotion. While it’s liquid, add the essential oils of your choosing for added goodness. Stores fine on the counter. Works great for skin, lips, and hair ends. ***insert shorts videos***
- Candles! Makes a toxin free, slow burning candle.
- Add to gravies or mashed potatoes for a richer flavor and nutrition boost.
- Use to roast veggies, or as a fatty moisturizer for meats.
- Make THE BEST french fries or donuts.
- BONUS: When you eat fatty beef, a juicy burger or steak, and chew the fat thoroughly till it’s a liquid (as you should all your food), the tallow “oil pulls” your mouth, balancing the bacterias and pulling any toxins down to the incinerator that is your stomach. This will help tremendously with oral and sinus health, which impacts your entire system.
That’ll get you started. Here’s an old family recipe that’ll give you another fun and tasty way to use your suet.
1 cp raisins
1 cp molasses
1 cp brown sugar
1 cp finely chopped suet (butter will work if suet isn’t available)
1 cp buttermilk or soured milk
3 cp flour
1 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
Hot Pudding Sauce
2 tbsp eggs
2 cp sugar
½ cp butter
4 Tbsp cornstarch
2 cp water
1 Tbsp vanilla
Make the Pudding
Mix together the raisins, molasses, brown sugar, suet, buttermilk.
Mix the dry ingredients together in a separate bowl. Stir into the wet ingredients until well mixed.
Pour into a greased casserole dish or stainless steel bowl. Cover with tin foil.
Place in a larger pot with an inch or two of water. Cover larger pot. Simmer/Steam for about 4 hours. Pudding is done when a knife inserted in the middle comes out clean.
Serve hot with Hot Pudding Sauce
Make Hot Pudding Sauce
In saucepan, combine all ingredients and cook, stirring constantly, until it comes to a boil and thickens.
Serve hot over the pudding bread.