Mushy tallow

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ljwallis

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I've made HP soap off and on for years and have always rendered my own tallow - almost always from pure suet. I just rendered a huge batch from a really large cow and it came out yellow and mushy! Not hard, not white like it always comes out. My question is why? This was truly just suet - no other fat added and very little meat, blood, or gristle even. Does it have something to do with the cow's diet or health? I noticed previously that drained fat from hamburger from the same cow turned out the same way - yellow and mushy. Any hints for saving this tallow? Really frustrated as I spent a while grinding and melting the suet!:cry:
 

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I got yellow tallow from a old grass fed cow but it wasn't mushy. How many times did you wash it after rendering?
 

DeeAnna

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It probably has more oleic acid in the fat rather than palmitic or stearic acids compared to what you're used to. It will probably soap just fine , but the soap might be more like a lard soap (higher oleic) than of a typical tallow soap.
 
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