Rendering Suet

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zolveria

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So i went to my local Adams Farm. and purchased some Suet.
I was told it would take 5 hours ? However my tallow was rendered in an hour. The beef came from Grass Feed Cows.

Any one Else experience this with grass fed cow suet
 

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I got some minced at the butchers and it melted really quickly and completely in the crock pot. Next batch I cut by hand and was there all night!!!!

Definately getting it minced/ground the next time (when I eventually run out)
 

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Yes! I started using clean white ground grass fed fat. It rendered in 30-45 mins! Little smell. Then I tried rendering large chunks and it smelt awful and took forever! I will never do that again!

Has anyone ever burnt their fat? The other night I put some thawed out fat in a large stock pot and turned my electric stove on low/2. I then went to put my son to bed and it took longer than I expected (I'll never do that again) I forgot how fast it would melt! So I started to smell this awful smell and ran down stairs and took the pot outside. It was so gross. I let it cool a bit, as it had been boiling, and then strained it with cheesecloth and let it all cool. I had to scrape out the meat bits that were stuck to the pan. Now that the tallow is rendered, it smells stronger than it normally does. It smells a bit like the burnt meat bits. Should I worry? Still use it in soap? Or try the wet rendering method to "clean" it?
 

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If it still smells strong, you can water bathe it..adding some salt will work out the impurities, and you can use baking 'soda', {sodium bicarbonate} not powder ;) that will help remove the smell. Depending on how white you want it, and how strong the smell is will determine how many water baths you feel like doing.

I only have to do one water bath to mine since I make sure there are 'no' meat bits left before I render in my elec. skillet..I have tallow that I didn't even do a water bath on and there is absolutely no smell to it...just depends on your preferences really.
 
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I have 94.5 oz of rendered fat. How much water, salt, and baking soda do I add? I've read the other posts about how to do the process, but was always confused about how much to add?
 
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