Cooking with tallow may be a new concept to you — but it’s been around for a long time!
It’s a traditional way of cooking that uses the fat found around an animal’s organs or in its bone marrow and makes a versatile substance to work with.
In this article, we’re going to explore the benefits of cooking with beef tallow so you can discover it for yourself.
So what is tallow fat?
Beef tallow is fat from cattle that has been treated to allow the moisture to evaporate, so you are left with a substance that’s solid at room temperature and melts when you heat it.
Removing the water means that bacteria are less likely to thrive, and you can store your beef-tallow fat safely in a jar with a lid in your store cupboard (as long as it’s dark and cool in there).
You may also associate tallow with products for the home, like candles as well as soap and skincare.
When used in cooking, beef tallow gives your dishes an extra dimension of flavour. It’s not overwhelming at all, more of a mild beefy tang that adds interest to your food.
Is beef tallow healthy?
Health experts have drummed into us the mantra that fat is bad. Yet your body needs a certain amount of fat to be able to function properly…so why not choose a natural fat that’s not processed and adds variety and flavour to your dishes?
And there’s no need to use copious amounts of beef tallow to make a real difference to your dishes — a little goes a long way!
What’s grass-fed beef tallow?
As the name suggests, grass-fed beef tallow is derived from cattle that have lived a free-range lifestyle on pastures and fed solely on grass.
Compared to their grain-fed cousins, grass-fed animals live a freer life, more in tune with their natural instincts, instead of being confined to sheds and feedlots.
They are also free of the added antibiotics and hormones that typically animals reared in confined spaces are given.
And there’s even evidence to show that grass-fed beef has higher levels of “good fats” that help lower your risk of severe diseases like cancer and cardiovascular disease and can help lower cholesterol too.
Know that grass-fed beef is also richer in omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins A and E.
Where do I buy beef tallow?
While it’s possible to make your beef tallow at home using beef suet as the raw ingredient, you’ll find it much more convenient to buy it ready-made.
Check out what Provenir has to offer. Start your love affair with cooking with tallow with our 433-gram jar of grass-fed beef tallow.
Once you realise how this natural substance enhances your cooking, you’ll want more! That’s why we also offer a large 4.5kg tub of grass-fed beef tallow for anyone serious about adding flavour and richness to their dishes.
What’s good to know is that all our products, including tallow, are sourced from 100% grass-fed beef. This means they’re the healthiest and most natural choice for you and your family.
We also take the well-being of the animals that provide our products seriously. This means that we use a mobile abattoir service that comes to farms, sparing animals a stressful journey at the end of their life.
So for ethical and healthy tallow, you know where to come!
How do I cook with beef tallow?
Beef tallow adds rich flavour and depth to your cooking.
Its high smoke point means it’s suitable for a range of cooking styles — including frying, searing and sautéing — and works especially well with steak dishes. In short, you can use it just like you would any other cooking oil for dishes that you cook up on the hob.
You’ll also love to know that beef tallow is suitable for baking too. You’ll find that the consistency is just like butter, so you can use it to make delicious, mouthwatering pastry for savoury pies.
And if you’re a fan of a traditional roast dinner, you’re in for a treat — cook your roast potatoes in a pan of melted beef tallow, and you will really taste the difference! You can use this method for roasting any other vegetables too.
You can even grease the bottom of your casserole dish with tallow to add flavour and depth to a stew.
Buy beef tallow from Provenir
Add beef tallow to your cooking routine, and you’ll be rewarded with richer, tastier results.
You can find the best beef tallow here in the Provenir online shop. We pride ourselves on offering only the best products, made to the highest quality and welfare standards.
This is just the beginning of your love affair with tallow — one of the most natural and flavoursome ways to cook!