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    Storing beef fat?

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    I managed to get some grass fed beef fat. Now whats the best way to store it once I get it rendered?

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    I use an old pickle jar in the cupboard.
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    In the freezer (broken up into small pieces after it hardens in the fridge), it will last through the zombie apocalypse.
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    I keep mine in the freezer as well. I like to use a variety of fats and I'd hate for any of them to go bad (especially since I buy in bulk).
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    Once rendered, fat keeps very well in the fridge for weeks, in screw top glass jars. I daresay it would last for months, but mine gets used before that. Unrendered, I keep fat in the freezer.

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    Didn't get as much as I thought. I had 3 big chunks, cut them down, removed as much flesh as I could find. Stuff the 4qt crockpot (but still lots of air), and got just under 4 cups. Lots of gristly bits and small bits of flesh leftover. Also smells a little bit odd...not rancid or anything, just kinda off?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rcav8r View Post
    Didn't get as much as I thought. I had 3 big chunks, cut them down, removed as much flesh as I could find. Stuff the 4qt crockpot (but still lots of air), and got just under 4 cups. Lots of gristly bits and small bits of flesh leftover. Also smells a little bit odd...not rancid or anything, just kinda off?
    I put my fat through a mincer before rendering it in a slow cooker - this means that almost all of the fat renders down so there is less waste, more lard. The fresher the fat - pork or beef - the less "funky" the end product smells - but I've only once had some that was too odd smelling to use. The more bits of meat / flesh you cut off before rendering, the purer the end result and also the smell!

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    Thanks, Breadsauce. I hope to have opportunity to use this info next time I get shares in an animal. This time we only got the meat, I think the fat was sold off to a cosmetics factory.

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    I render and then put in jars but do not fill all the way. I pop them in the freezer and keep one in the fridge. When that runs out I just get one from the freezer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by picklepete View Post
    I use an old pickle jar in the cupboard.
    Same.

    This does assume that you aren't living anywhere that it gets hot enough to melt at room temperature though.
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