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Thread: I just tried rendering some deer tallow for the first time...what now?

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    I just tried rendering some deer tallow for the first time...what now?

    The doe I shot last week had more fat on it than any deer Iíve ever scanned in the last 3 1/2 decades. I figured be fun to try and melt some down to waterproof my boots. I cut a few big chunks off and left them sit in my garage since opening weekend dear hunting I decided to give it a try today. I stink up my house pretty good it smells like bacon! I ended up trying to boil it first with water on top and it would never break down so then I put it in a frying pan and melted it without burning it. I filled up a family size and a regular sized tomato soup can. I poured the melted tallow through a metal strainer into the cans. I didnít burn it because itís a nice bright white when it hardened. From what Iíve seen on videos it sounds like I have to melt it one more time with some water and salt and then strain it all through some cheesecloth or maybe an old shirt? So what am I gonna do with all this tallow? I was just planning on rubbing it on a pair of boots to waterproof them. I have way more left lower than what I need. Any ideas what I can do with the rest?

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    tallow makes great lube.. just be sure to filter it well... i filter mine twice...
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    I figure tomorrow morning I’ll melt it down and filter it again a couple times. From the videos I saw its telling me to melt it down with water and salt? I’m sure my hunting clothes smell from cooking it down. My whole house smells like a meat locker.lol

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    I put it in a pot and boil it over the wood stove out in the shop. Filter once and reboil it. Once it cools to a solid, I break it into chunks and melt it and pour it in forms for future use.

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    wrap the tallow in cheese cloth and melt in a old crock pot. the tallow flows thru the cheese cloth and floats to the top. when dine let cool and remove the solidified tallow from top and set aside to dry. Tis is how Mom did lard when we butchered. Tallow is good water proofing and in BP bullet lubes. also good for cooking

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    In Mi, whitetail deer fat is not normally considered “good” to eat and is removed from the meat before cooking. Does rendering it into tallow somehow make it taste good?

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    Put those boots up on a shelf in case your dog thinks they are now jerky.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Winger Ed. View Post
    Put those boots up on a shelf in case your dog thinks they are now jerky.
    This is absolutely true; my mother’s people were big tallow for boots believers and dogs and cats would follow them and drool after a fresh coat was applied

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    Quote Originally Posted by nagantguy View Post
    This is absolutely true; my mother’s people were big tallow for boots believers and dogs and cats would follow them and drool after a fresh coat was applied

    I thought it was supposed to be scentless. Guess I’ll use it for something else. I don’t want stinky hunting boots that’s going to alert when bow hunting.

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    If you are thinking of using it for boolit lube, I wouldn't add any salt.

    I like Country Gent's suggestion of using a crock pot...it'll probably take a few hours, but it could be easy to do outside.
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    Yeah if I ever make it again it will be outside in the garage my crockpot for sure. I woke up this morning in my house didn’t smell anymore or I was just used to it. It sure melted down easily in boiling water this morning. Once it melted I used an old shirt and cut a piece and put it on top of my metal strainer like cheesecloth and dumped it through. Of course the last tablespoon spilled over my strainer so I poured it all back into my pot brought it back to a boil again and strained it through another piece of shirt. It kind of smells like mink oil but very mild compared to it. I wonder how that would work for dipping traps?

    Once it cools I’ll remove it from the container and scrape the back of it I’m zooming I’ll be some nasty buildup on the bottom like I’ve seen in some of the videos. I guess an after I strained it twice like I did I probably don’t have to boil and strain it again?

    Still haven’t decided what I’m gonna do with it I think boots are out... Maybe soap on the rope? Lol
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    I vote BP Lube... works great with a bit of bees wax!!!
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    I've been rendering tallow from venison scraps for years and I've never melted it in
    large chunks. First after you melt the fat and store it, it will go rancid. The best way
    is to put the fat in a large pot and fill with water, no salt. Boil the fat for a few hours
    to separate the grease out of the fat. Remove from heat source and let cool. The
    grease/tallow will stay on top of the water. Remove the fat and and put in a clean
    pan. Put the container with the scraps back on the stove to reboil to remove more
    grease. After you have boiled out all the grease, and have a pot full of grease and
    meat scrapes, melt the grease and pour through a piece of window screen or wire
    food strainer, this will remove most of the meat scrapes, melt the grease and this
    time filter through a folded piece of cheese cloth. The grease should be nice and clear.
    I pour mine into old peanut butter jars that I can seal. The grease should be pure
    white and have no smell. It will store for years if kept sealed. Takes a little time
    to do , but the finished product is worth it. Mixed with beeswax makes a good bullet
    lube and waterproofing for boots, and fido will not eat your boots. Also good for
    chapped hands and dry skin.
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    I only took maybe about a quarter of the tallow off one of my doe just to try it because I’ve never done it before. Here’s what it looked like after I quickly melted it in the frying pan and poured it through a metal strainer.




    This morning I melted it in a pot of boiling water and then strained it through an old T-shirt two times in a row. It barely was off colored on the bottom side so I scraped it with a knife called it done. I put it in a Ziploc bag and put it in the fridge. I’m sure in the next couple days I’ll melt it down into one of my canning jars and seal it till I figure out what I want to do with it. The two off colored pieces are just shadows from the flash, they are all bright white.



    It just barely has a smell to it reminding me of mink oil.


    I never expected my dog to chew on them anyways. He’s never been a chewer and he’s smaller than my boots.

    I just won’t put them on my bow hunting boots because if I can smell them the deer can smell them a mile away. I might melt some down and let it soak into my work boots.
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    When I render, I use very low heat. Strain thru two layers of paper towel. Never had a problem with any going rancid. Mostly do beef, pork and chicken. Did some bear a couple of years ago for a friend and had no problems.

    Use some for BP lube and the rest usually ends up as soap.
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    I'm going to try this next deer. Been meaning to for a while now.

    For you guys using it for muzzle loader lube, what ratio do you mix it with Bees Wax?

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    All I have is a Thompson center omega in-line. I’m gonna have to start shopping for a traditional looking muzzleloader, too bad Thompson center discontinued their Hawkins. Seems like used muzzleloaders have never held their value in the real world so I’m sure I can find one pretty reasonably priced one of these days after season is over.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tripplebeards View Post
    All I have is a Thompson center omega in-line. I’m gonna have to start shopping for a traditional looking muzzleloader, too bad Thompson center discontinued their Hawkins. Seems like used muzzleloaders have never held their value in the real world so I’m sure I can find one pretty reasonably priced one of these days after season is over.
    You should do that. Traditional muzzle loaders are a lot of fun. And you're right, I see good ones in pawn shops all the time, in fact, that reminds me of a TC .54 in a nearby shop I've been meaning to check back on.

    I've been using Bore Butter but not real fond of the consistency, our ML season is early and it's sometimes still hot. Seems virtually everybody says about 50/50 bee's wax to some kind of vegetable oil is what you want, not sure how that relates to using animal fat.

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    It would also make good soap, use 1/3 to 1/4 tallow, roughly a third Coconut oil, and for the 3rd part I pefer either straight olive oil or an olive oil canola/corn oil mix. There are lye calculators online that let you plug in what you have, they will tell you how much water and lye you need.

    I have been for the last 2 years been making pine tar soap from scratch. Comes to trace quickly, has a wonderful fragrance and is very healing for your skin.
    When I pop in the shower I wash everything with it including hair. Now hair will come out quite squeeky, so follow with a conditioner.

    It is not hard, there is lots of help online, google is your friend.

    In my youth I worked at a farm where they butchered 2-3 hogs each year. Did all the work themselves. She rendered tallow in the oven on low heat. Chopping it small or grinding it first. It went through several strainings then into airtight jars. You want to keep the air away from it so it does not go rancid.

    I think she used most of hers for pie crusts. But yes some went onto boots, leather gloves.

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