Beef Tallow Benefits

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For a while, tallow was given a bad rap. Let’s bring this traditional fat back, and talk about beef tallow benefits.

Beef tallow benefits

It’s no mystery that I am a huge fan of grass fed tallow. I love how versatile tallow is, and how many things you can make with it. Soap, balm, salves, and the most delicious French fries ever. But what about tallow for our health?

Is tallow healthy?

In our great grandparents’ day, tallow was widely used. Traditionally, it was a very popular cooking fat. It has a very high smoke point, and adds wonderful flavor to foods. The saturated fat in tallow is what allows tallow to have such a high smoke point.

Wait a second, saturated fat? Isn’t that bad? Well, for a while, certain “experts” thought so. This is due to incomplete studies claiming that saturated fat causes heart disease. Sadly, this is still somewhat common thinking. The tide is changing, though!

Once this misinformation about animals fats became mainstream, tallow and other fats were replaced with things like canola and corn oil. To this day, there is no scientific evidence that saturated fat causes heart disease. However, there are a myriad of studies showing that industrial seed oils (like canola and corn oil) are extremely inflammatory and very damaging to our health.

Tallow, on the other hand, is a very healthy fat. More and more people are starting realize this, which makes me very happy. That’s one of the reasons I like to talk about beef tallow benefits on my blog and YouTube channel. I want to help spread the word. I want more and more people to ditch toxic, inflammatory “vegetables” oils and embrace traditional animal fats again.

How do you make tallow?

Basically, you make tallow by rendering beef fat. Rendering just means that the beef fat is heated and melted. Tallow is what the beef fat turns into when it is melted. Once it is cool again, tallow is solid at room temperature.

Beef fat is also sometimes called suet. The type of fat used for making tallow can be any kind, but the best is the fat that surrounds the internal organs. The fat around the kidneys is called leaf fat, and it makes the nicest tallow.

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What are some beef tallow benefits?

Before we jump into all the wonderful benefits of beef tallow, let’s make one thing clear. While all unrefined beef tallow is good, there is big difference in the nutrient content of grass fed tallow compared to tallow from conventionally raised beef. All of the information I’ll be sharing applies to 100 % grass fed beef tallow.

Grass fed beef tallow is:

  • abundant in conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) which has powerful anti-inflammatory properties
  • rich in minerals
  • full of fall soluble vitamins A, D, E, K, and B12

Tallow can be used as a wonderful cooking fat, and an ingredient in food. Some examples are French fries and pie crusts, but there are so many possibilities. When we eat tallow, we consume these nutrients. These nutrients are important for our immune system, as well as many other body functions.

Eating healthy animal fats like tallow, duck fat, butter, etc. along with foods helps us to absorb and assimilate the vitamins in those foods. For example, eating vegetables that have been fried in tallow or have melted butter on them allows our bodies to better absorb and use the vitamins in the vegetables. And I don’t know about you, but I definitely find my vegetables to be way tastier this way also!

Healthy animals fats are also really important for brain, skin, gut, and hormone health. Just like when I’ve talked about why skin loves grass fed tallow, these same nutrients work to make us healthy on the inside when we eat tallow. The same regenerating and rebuilding activity takes place inside of us.

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What are some skin benefits of tallow?

If you’re new to beef tallow benefits for skin, I wanted to quickly go over that as well. Basically, the nutrients and cell structure of tallow is extremely similar to our skin’s cell structure and the nutrients that our skin needs. Tallow provides the building blocks for rebuilding and repairing our skin. It’s perfect for healing, soothing, moisturizing, and replenishing skin.

Hopefully you’re starting to see why I love tallow so much! It is just so amazing.

Beef Tallow Benefits Video

Are you a fan of tallow?

Do you use it for cooking? How about skin care? Share your favorite ways to use tallow in the comments!



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14 thoughts on “Beef Tallow Benefits”

  1. Can I use beef fat that hasn’t been grass fed? How will this change its benefits? I have received a large amount and not sure how the cows were red.

    • Yes you can! 100% grass fed beef fat has the highest amount of nutrients, but if they were grain fed it’s still pretty good and worth using.

  2. I have been making bone broth from grass fed beef soup bones. I noticed there is a lot of fact left on the top when I cool the broth so I usually save that fat for cooking. Would this fat be appropriate tallow For making Tallow balm? I’m wondering if the nutrients would be similar or better or worse?

    • Fat from making broth usually has too much water (and other flavors, smells, etc.) in it to make good balm. The best is to render raw beef fat for balm making. When I make broth, I just stir the fat back in when I reheat it 🙂

  3. Why would you use the regular tallow rendering method at all? Wouldn’t you need the purified method for skin care products and even prefer it for food too because of the smell or taste? I’m curious. I saw another tallow rendering video in which the folks put water in on a stove too to prevent burning to the bottom of their pot. I just rendered tallow and watched their video and yours after. Mine did burn to the bottom. In your regular video you don’t add water though. So when would you not use the purifying method? In either method, do you use the fat after it’s rendered? The grissles?

    • The crockpot method (with no water and no purification) is for if you want a quick way to render and don’t mind a bit of beef smell. This is often fine for cooking. I do prefer the wet method with purification steps for both skincare and cooking, so I do all of mine that way. I feed the leftover bits from rendering to my chickens. They love it 🙂

  4. As deer season approaches here in Oklahoma, I am wondering if the fat in venison can be used? When processing, I try to use everything I possibly can. I love how lean and healthy the meat is, which will mean there will not be much fat available, but there is some! We also harvest wild hog, which again is very lean compared to farmed. Can tallow be made from prom fat as well? Thank you in advance! I am so happy to have come upon your site!

    • Yes, you can render fat from venison and pork. The process will be the same 😊 You’re very welcome, and I’m so glad you’re here! 😊

  5. Hi! Any chance you could send me or post the sources for all your information on the benefits of tallow? I’m doing some research on tallow in skin care products and am having trouble finding scientific articles on its benefits.
    Any help appreciated!
    Thanks 🙂 Nessa

      • Thanks, Marisa! Any progress on it yet? I’m finishing up my research now and still looking for good scientific sources about tallow (and other animal fats) in skin care products. I would love to get any information you might already have, even if it’s not finished yet!

        • Thanks for checking in! It’s still on my to do list… things have been so busy, and I have a newborn. I am hoping to get to it soon! In the meantime, if you go to and search for tallow, you will probably find what you’re looking for in the sources sited and linked. Hope that helps!

  6. I have recently made some tallow cream with high quality grass fed tallow. I am finding that it has a roast meat smell that is off putting. I didn’t add as much essential oil as you recommend. Do you find that yours still smells of beef I you don’t add as much. I’m not sure if I’m doing it wrong or if the tallow is particularly beefy. It’s Tassie Tallow from Tasmania Australia- problem the best I could buy in the country. Amanda

    • Hello! I have found that the tallow gets a meaty smell if it gets too hot while rendering. I make sure that it doesn’t get too hot by adding some water while I render. I’m going to be sharing an updated blog post and video on how to render it with the wet method very soon. But basically, you add about a cup of water while rendering. I find this really helps, and the finished tallow has pretty much no smell at all. I hope that helps! Let me know if I can answer more questions! 🙂


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