So I have found a source for Beef Suet or fat and figured I needed to do a post on this wonderful fat and the many uses for it.
Preparing the suet for rendering.
First thing you need to do is trim the fat of all the usable meat you can as this can be turned into ground beef.
Second cut up the remaining fat into pieces that will fit into your meat grinder.
Third step is to coarse grind the fat so it renders better
Preheat oven to 350 deg F and place fat in a deep roasting pan
Place fat in oven and allow it to render for several hours until all the oil has separated from the cracklins
Carefully remove from oven and strain the fat through a fine mesh colander or a clean cotton towel( be very careful as this is VERY hot).
Allow fat to cool to room temp and then refrigerate or freeze for future use.
Add water to the cracklins until just covered, bring to a boil and allow to boil for 5 minutes, strain and reserve the liquid. Use the remaining cracklins as you would ground beef.
Allow water to cool to room temp and then refrigerate until the fat separates and solidifies.
remove fat cap and use liquid as beef stock.
Using Your Tallow
Tallow can be substituted in almost any recipe that calls for oil, butter, or lard and it works very well
Whip your favourite herbs and spices such as garlic, onion, and celery with your tallow and use it as a replacement for butter. Do not knock this until you try it as it is really nice on grilled cheese.
Yes you can create bio-diesel from any fat including tallow. Biodiesel Magazine has a great article on using animal fats in biodiesel production and you can read it here. Do not use the advice of some of the idiots out there that equate pure unprocessed animal fats with biodiesel as this could lead to serious damage to your engine, All oil and fats must undergo the transesterification process to make it biodiesel.
I am sure there are numerous other applications for wonderful tallow and I would love to hear about them if you know of them.