Did you get a traditional foods package? Here are three great uses for your suet. Before you do any of these, you need to render the suet into tallow. This is super simple – coarsely chop suet and heat on low in a stockpot with some water until liquefied, at least 12 hours. We do this without water in a 200° oven instead of on a burner. Strain through a cheese cloth and/or fine mesh strainer – you now have tallow. Use it right away, store in jars at room temperature for months or in a freezer for longer.
First, render the suet into tallow as described above. Tallow has a milder flavor and a very high smoke point, making it a great fat for frying at a high temperature. You can use the tallow right away or freeze it in ice cube trays so it will be ready to pull out of the freezer any time. Render multiple times, allowing the fat to re-solidify and scraping off any impurities on the bottom for a mild flavor.
First, render the suet into tallow as described above. When melted, mix in whatever bird food-like ingredients you have on hand – nuts, dried fruits, birdseed, peanut butter, etc. Pour the mixture into the cups of a muffin tin and insert the end of a piece of twine or string into each cup (the twine will be what you use to tie the suet to your tree). The tallow will cool and harden; once it is hard, remove it from the pan and feed your birds! Alternatively, if you have a suet feeder, pour the hot tallow mixture into a large baking pan and when cool, cut into squares that will fit your feeder.
Making your own soap is easy, inexpensive and ensures your soap is free of the toxic ingredients found in many commercial soaps. We highly recommend reading The Body Care Guide book to know who this is so important. Soap made with tallow has a nice creamy lather and great skin conditioning; we actually just made our first batch and are quite happy with the results.
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