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Grassfed beef tallow

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So I've got 3 jars of lovely grassfeed beef tallow from fatworksfoods dot com, and I'm excited. I know I'll be doing eggs in it, and browning roasts before roasting, etc. But I'm wondering how everyone else likes to use it?

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Yes, it is! :) They're brand new, I think. Here's the actual link: http://fatworks.wazala.com/

And they shipped fast, with great customer service. When my three jars arrived last week, one had cracked in transit. I emailed them about it, and they emailed me back very quickly, and then sent me a replacement jar right away.

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Yes, duckfat is a favorite of mine. I used to buy it already rendered, but then my husband and I fell in love with duck confit, and we make it a couple of times a month (in fact, I'm making it tonight). There's always a ton of duckfat leftover that I strain through cheesecloth and store in the fridge, and use it for veggies, chicken, roasted sweet potatoes...YUM YUM!

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Susan, this is the recipe I use...and it has been absolutely foolproof!! The hardest part is sourcing the duck legs!! I've ordered them from d'artagnan ($$$$ but really good), had a local butcher order me some, used free range frozen ones from a local grocer, and found local -ish ones at a huge farmer's market (DeKalb Farmer's Mkt for you ATL locals) but they don't always have them in. Bascially, you need the duck legs, a casserole dish, and a few hours :)

http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/easy_duck_confit/

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Omg...I went to the website to just see where they are. I was hoping it wasn't overseas. They are right here in Portland. I can go pick it up!

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I have some good sources for duck. I have wanted to order from D'artagnan but the cost and not knowing them stopped me. I may have to try them.

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I am sooo jealous. i went to google to see if I could find a source of beef tallow over here. I got pneumatic beef tallow sealant tool grease guns and glittering beef tallow essence nail polish. Neither is quite what i had in mind :huh:. i am definitely going to try the duck though, it sounds delish,

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If someone had told me 3 years ago that today I would be giddy in the fact that soon, a jar of beef tallow will be waiting for me to pick it up, I so would not have believed them. :)

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I am sooo jealous. i went to google to see if I could find a source of beef tallow over here. I got pneumatic beef tallow sealant tool grease guns and glittering beef tallow essence nail polish. Neither is quite what i had in mind :huh:. i am definitely going to try the duck though, it sounds delish,

If you can get good long bones or crosscut shank bones from grassfed cows and make broth, strain and cool you can get a nice thick layer of fat for cooking with. Little different than the fat for tallow, but good and good for you nonetheless. Plus cheap and easy.

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Kirsteen, you might have more luck searching for beef dripping?

Duh! There should be an icon for facepalms. Shows I've been hanging round on american boards too long - I'm even beginning to talk like them :D thanks so much for reminding me. Waitrose sells it and this stuff http://www.cleannutrition.co.uk/p/Beef_dripping/270400e3072e4fbaaac8e32fbc29c398/69e03ab2af364e8e9336e7eb08757d0a/ looks really lush but unfortunately they don't deliver up here.

I have used the fat from bones and love it but I'm finding it increasingly difficult to get good bones lately. the ones from wholefoods never seem to have much fat

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Duh! There should be an icon for facepalms. Shows I've been hanging round on american boards too long - I'm even beginning to talk like them thanks so much for reminding me. Waitrose sells it and this stuff http://www.cleannutrition.co.uk/p/Beef_dripping/270400e3072e4fbaaac8e32fbc29c398/69e03ab2af364e8e9336e7eb08757d0a/ looks really lush but unfortunately they don't deliver up here.

I have used the fat from bones and love it but I'm finding it increasingly difficult to get good bones lately. the ones from wholefoods never seem to have much fat

Hmm..was that an American slam? Sigh.

Beef tallow and the stuff that floats at the top of broth are very different.

Beef marrow bones never have a lot of fat. They are shin bones.

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Hmm..was that an American slam? Sigh.

:) Yep, it was a Homer Simpson one. When I can get knuckles from the farmer, they provide a lot of fat, which I love. It looks like the only dripping I could buy would not be organic but Waitrose do have a good reputation for sourcing their meat so I may look into it further.

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Thanks Derval, that's a fascinating site, tad spendy though (for their meat not the dripping :)) Bummer that they have nitrate free bacon but it has sugar and sausages free from all nasties except cornstarch :( Really tempted by the dripping though. thanks again

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Ha! I was about to write "Make tallow candles." I've been re-reading the As Song of Ice and Fire books (Game of Thrones) and they are always talking about tallow candles. And lo and behold, on the Fatworks twitter page, I see that they had a contest the night of the GoT premier for tallow references in the books.

I have an image of a tallow candle making a very nice, soft light.

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They were always known for being rather smelly and very smokey and in a lot of areas they were actually made with mutton fat. And, no I'm not old enough to remember them :P I did my degree in medieval history :)

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