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Everything you need to know about Beef Tallow
Beef tallow is a type of cooking ingredient that’s rendered from cow fat. It does not come from just any fat but from the Suet (fat around the internal organs of a cow such as kidney). Tallow is a carnivore diet staple and is a traditional ingredient of native America and was used for cooking pemmican and dried meat back in those days. Tallow is a nutritious fat and contains many nutrients and vitamins. It is a superb fat which you can use in high-temperature cooking. Many commercial kitchens and households still consume this unique cow fat as cooking oils and binders.
What is beef tallow?
Beef tallow is fat that is cooked down from different pieces of meat such as rump roast, ribs, etc. But the best type of tallow comes from fats around internal organs (commonly known as Suet) of the cow. Many people often confuses beef tallow with lard but lard comes from pig fat.
It looks like soft butter and is easily pliable at room temperature. It can easily replace olive oil or butter in cooking. Because of the high boiling point (420°F or 215 °C), it’s perfect as deep fryer oil to cook fried chicken or french fries. It can easily tolerate cooking at high heat without getting depleted of nutrition.
Chefs all around the USA use beef tallow in roasting, and preparing dishes that require deep frying. People who support the ‘Traditional Foods Movement’ embraces beef tallow as it’s also a great way to make use of the whole animal for the sake of sustainability and saving money.
Other than cooking, there are many other ways of using beef tallow. It can be converted into biofuels or used in medicinal salves. Tallows are also used in soap and candle making.
Beef tallow is produced from rendering grass fade cow fats and is full of nutrients. It is the most common type of tallow and is more nutritious and energy-dense than other animal types. Three tablespoons or each 30 grams of beef tallow contains 110 calories and 12 grams of pure animal fat. Tallow that comes from “grass fed” cows also contains healthy saturated fats, omega 3 fatty acid, stearic acid, conjugated linoleic acid and fat soluble vitamins A, D, E and K2. It is completely free from carbohydrates which makes it a perfect addition to a keto and low-carb diet chart.
Health benefits of cooking with beef tallow
Beef tallow is a flavorful cooking ingredient that also offers many health benefits. Here are some of them-
1. Immune health
Human body needs fat-soluble vitamins to support the immune system. By consuming unprocessed fats which are full of vitamins A,D,E and K2 it gets easier to complete a balanced diet.
conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) is a natural solution to inflammation. Beef tallow contains a rich profile of this important nutrient.
3. Protects from various infections
It contains Omega-3 fatty acid such as palmitic acid that possesses antimicrobial properties to prevent infection in different parts of our body.
4. Burns body fat
When you consume lots of healthy fats that releases glucagon. It is a hormone that triggers our body to burn stored lazy fat to use for energy.
5. Works as natural moisturizer
The saturated fat which exists in beef tallow, nourishes skin cell membranes, and keeps the skin smooth.
6. Keeps the nervous system fit
Beef tallow contains a decent amount of choline and healthy fatty acids which is the nutrient that helps the nervous system and protects its cells.
Cooking with beef tallow can be quite enjoyable and satisfying. The higher smoke point of this oil makes it perfect to replace vegetable oils for cooking and deep frying at high temperature. You can use it to fry, bake or to prepare any type of dish and replace any kind of cooking oil (specially olive oil). A rich profile of nutrients, fat soluble vitamins, and NO CARBS makes it perfect for those who are on a low-carb or keto diet. Restaurants in California often use this oil to give some extra bit of protein in their cooking and frying.
TGC Collects Beef Tallow as Used Cooking Oil
Commercial kitchens that use beef tallow in cooking and high temperature frying often end up with a lot of used fat in their establishment. It is the responsibility of food establishments to ensure that their used deep fryer oils are getting handed over to a licensed IKG hauler for recycling.
Do you have more than 1000 gallons or pallets of used oil stored in your establishment? Call the Grease Company today. We are a licensed UCO collector in California and we provide comprehensive used cooking oil collection service for commercial kitchens. Hand over your used fryer oil to us and receive your rebate check today.
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