What is Tallow anyway?

What is Tallow anyway?

Tallow is rendered beef suet (fat).  This fat is usually taken from the kidney area of the cow.  You start with the raw form of fat (suet), it is then cooked down slowly until you are left with a pure form of rendered fat that we know as tallow.  

When choosing tallow products, it is best to choose a product that uses the fat from grass fed and grass finished beef.  This is because there are larger amounts of nutrients found in grass fed beef.  You will then in turn, have a tallow that also has higher amounts of nutrients.  It's also a good idea to use tallow from grass fed and grass finished beef because toxins are store in fat.  You absolutly do not want to be putting rendered down, highly concentrated toxins from an animal raised in a commercial feed lot. 

Some say that tallow has a "beefy" smell.  While tallow isn't completely odorless, a high quality finished product should not have an overpowering beefy smell.  You will know you are using a high quality tallow if the smell is light to non-existent.

Tallow has been used for thousands of years, and has only recently left the shelves of our pantries in the western world.  It has been a powerful all purpose home staple up until recently.  

Common Uses of Tallow

  • Body lotion
  • Dry/cracked skin
  • face cream
  • scars
  • acne
  • Eczema
  • Dermatitis
  • cuts and scrapes
  • rashes and bug bites
  • diaper cream
  • makeup remover
  • shaving cream
  • nail moisturizer
  • burns and sunburns
  • and so many more...

Health Benefits of Tallow

  • Contains Oleic Acid, Palmitic Acid and Stearic Acid - all able to penetrate skin deeply and prevent water loss from the skin
  • Contains fat-soluble Vitamins and Minerals: A, D, E  and K
  • Loaded with antioxidants, which help to reduce oxidative stress and signs of aging
  • Naturally extremely shelf stable and anti-microbial due to the high antioxidant content
  • Anti-inflammatory

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