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I do wish I could use butter, I love the taste! It doesn't do me any good though ...
So coconut oil is the only oil that's any good then? I do use it already, but it's nice to have other options as well. I can't afford grass fed meats so I guess rendering fat myself is a bit pointless then?
I've no idea where to buy fats from grass fed animals though?
"All things are poison, and nothing is without poison; only the dose permits something not to be poisonous." Paracelsus
You can cook with EVOO or regular olive oil, just don't push it to the smoke point (high-heat deep frying, e.g.). For normal sauteeing purposes or even some pan-frying, EVOO works fine. You can tell when you've crossed the rubicon because of changes to color and smell of the oil. It should retain its crisp clean EVOO smell throughout the cooking process.
I agree that tallow is a nice cooking fat, as is coconut oil, and (unhydrogenated) lard is also worth checking out.
Have you tried ghee? Some folks who can't handle butter can handle ghee, since the fat solids have been removed.