I did a little research on how to render it and then I went to work (using bits and pieces of what I had read and did it my way). I don't think this will ever be my favorite job but it went fine and I feel very happy to have it done.
I chopped my big bunch of tallow up into fairly small chunks- taking out any yucky, meaty chunks that I found.
Then I put it in the crockpot, put the lid on and turned it on low. It took quite a few hours to cook down and every so often I would take my potato masher and do some mashing on it to help get it broken up.
They hardened up fairly fast and I can see now how you can use it to make candles.
I have also found it to work quite nicely in baking (especially bread!) though I do have to soften it in order to use it.
I am storing some of it in the fridge and the rest in the freezer.
Though I find this to smell a bit it really is not bad to work with.
I like using it because for me it is basically free (I can get it along with the beef at no additional cost) and according to books like Nourishing Traditions this is actually a healthy fat. Since oils (especially healthy oils) are so expensive, I am happy to find some economical healthy fat!
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