Tallow is comprised of 50 percent saturated fat, 42 percent monounsaturated fat, and just four percent polyunsaturated fat. You can quickly purchase quality grass-fed tallow from online retailers such as U.S. Wellness Meats, Eat Wild, Eat Local Grown, and Grass Fed Traditions – but the price tag can take away from the tight budgets of many preppers. Tallow is surprisingly easy to render and learning how to complete the process is a valuable survival skill. One day soon, going to the local big box store or corner grocery to buy cooking oil, soap, candles, and gun cleaner, may no longer be an option.
The fat rendered from pork is known as lard. Tallow makers often use the fat from beef cattle, sheep, deer, poultry, and even bear to garner inexpensive stockpiles of the handy little ingredient. Grass-fed beef or free-range poultry is typically preferred when making tallow because the fat contains more helpful nutrients and is not compromised by hormones or other non-natural ingredients often used in commercial feed. Click here to learn how to make tallow candles, tallow soap, and to read about other survival uses for animal fat in my report for eFoodsDirect!