rendering tallow

Rendering tallow has been on my to-do list for quite some time, but I kept putting it off because it looked intimidating. Last week, as I was getting an order together for soap supplies, I was thinking I should just do it so that I would have the tallow ready by the time my supplies got here. So that's what I did...I rendered me some tallow!  This is how I did it, and it wasn't complicated or smelly...at all.  I just did a small batch (2.5lbs) too, because I didn't know how this was going to go:

I bought some kidney suet from a meat processor.  I also had them grind it up because I didn't want to chop it up myself...it cost more, but was worth it to me.

Here is a 5lb.bag of ground kidney suet:

I measured out 2.5lbs. because I don't have a large stock pot and wasn't sure if the pot I had would be big enough to render 5lbs.:

I used hot water, and filled to same level as the fat. I'm not sure if I needed to add any salt because there was no odor, but I did anyway.  I used 2 tsp. :

Bring to a boil. Keep a close eye on it because it will rise!

Once it starts boiling, turn heat down and reduce to a simmer.  This picture was taken after simmering for 20 minutes (still not getting any foul smells...smells like soup to me):

Total time simmering was 30 minutes.  I put cheesecloth in a colander and drained, VERY slowly as it's VERY hot.  When everything was drained, I took a spoon and mashed the meat chunks to get more liquid out:

A yellow liquid when it's all drained.  Let it cool off before putting into fridge overnight:

This is what it looked like the next day.  I used a sharp knife to break the seal and pull the tallow out (the remaining liquid underneath, I flushed down the toilet).

A disc of tallow:

This is the underside which was covered in pellets, as best as I can describe them.  I used a sharp knife to flick them off and gave it a quick rinse under the faucet. After rinsing, used a paper towel to blot dry:

I cut the tallow into chunks, put them in a labelled freezer bag, then into the freezer to store. (I ended up with about 2lbs. of tallow)



  1. Debbie (debsisson from teachsoap forum)11/20/2011 6:12 PM

    Wow very nice. Doesn't seem to complicated.

  2. hi Debbie! it isn't complicated at all...it just SOUNDS complicated!! and thanks for visiting my blog! :)



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