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How to Render Tallow

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 10 minutes
Author MommaDarlin


  • 2 to 2 1/2 pounds beef suet pasture raised


  • instant pot with slow cooker feature or a slow cooker
  • fine mesh strainer
  • cheese cloth optional
  • metal funnel
  • 2 pint sized mason jars or 1 quart size


  1. Cut suet into small chunks using knife, food processor or meat grinder

  2. Add suet to instant pot or slow cooker and turn on low. 

  3. Render for 6 to 8 hours, stirring a few times in the first hour to make sure suet is not burning. 

  4. Strain cracking from liquid suet using fine mesh strainer and cheesecloth, if using. 

  5. Put a lid on the jars and leave on the counter until cooled and has turned white. 

Recipe Notes

If you aren't planning on using the tallow within a couple weeks, I would recommend using the cheesecloth inside of the metal strainer. This assures that there are no solids left in the tallow that could cause it to spoil quicker.