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How to Render Beef Tallow

Learn how to render beef tallow in 2 easy steps. Beef tallow is a versatile animal fat with many uses.

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 15 minutes
 

INGREDIENTS

  • Beef suet, at least 4 pounds

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Chop the suet into small pieces either by hand or by pulsing in a food processor.
  2. Add the tallow to a large pot and place over low heat. If using a slow cooker, turn the temperature on to “low”.
  3. Stir occasionally, every hour or so, for 3-4 hours to prevent the suet from sticking to the bottom of the pot. If using a slow cooker, stir in a similar manner and adjust the cooking time to at least 4 hours and up to 8.
  4. Tallow is done once the cracklings are completely shriveled. Let cool slightly before straining and pouring into a storage container of choice.

NOTES

For the printable recipe card and complete details on storing and using homemade tallow, please visit the How to Render Beef Tallow on Primal Edge Health and check out The Carnivore Cookbook too!

Homemade Pemmican Recipe (with Organ Meat)

This Homemade Pemmican Recipe always goes in my bag when we go camping, traveling, and on long hikes. It is the ideal food for taking on the go outdoors because it’s lightweight, nutrient-dense, and doesn’t need to be refrigerated.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Serves: 16 pieces

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 300 grams lean meat, dried and ground
  • 100 grams beef liver, dried and ground
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons herbs and spices, optional
  • 400 grams beef tallow, melted

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Combine the dry meat, liver, and salt in a medium mixing bowl. Add optional herbs and spices, mix well.
  2. Melt tallow in a double boiler over medium heat.
  3. Pour over the dry ingredients. Stir well until thoroughly combined. Break apart all clumps. Tallow should fully incorporate into the meat. If still crumbly, add more melted fat.
  4. Spread the mixture evenly in an 8×8-inch baking dish and leave to harden at room temperature or place in the refrigerator for 30-60 minutes. Once firm, score into squares. Alternatively, you can roll the “dough” into balls with your hands.
  5. Store pemmican in an airtight container in the pantry. If made correctly, it is shelf-stable and will never spoil. You may also store it in the refrigerator if that makes you more comfortable.
 

Notes

Use any type of liver (beef, sheep, goat, etc) in combination with any meat (beef, bison, lamb, etc).

 

To add heart, adjust to 200 g dry, ground meat, 100 g dry, ground heart, and 100 g dry ground liver.

 

To make pemmican without liver, follow my Traditional Pemmican Recipe instead.

For the printable recipe card and complete recipe details with FAQs, visit the Homemade Pemmican with Organ Meats on Primal Edge Health and check out The Carnivore Cookbook too!

Ultra Simple Carnivore Diet Bone Broth Recipe

Follow this ultra-simple carnivore diet bone broth recipe so you can add nourishing broth into your monthly food prep routine and get all the benefits of pure animal foods without any potential irritants from plant-based ingredients or fibrous foods.

Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 18+ hours
Total Time: 18+ hours 25 minutes
Servings: 8

INGREDIENTS

  • 6 pounds beef bones
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar, optional

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Arrange the bones in a single layer in a large roasting tray and place them in the oven at 450°F (232°C) for about 20 minutes, until golden brown. NOTE: This step is optional and followed to affect the end flavor of the broth.
  2. Place all the bones in a large stockpot. Fill with enough water to fully cover the material.
  3. Pour in optional vinegar.
  4. Bring the water to a boil, then reduce down to a simmer. Adjust the flame and pot lid to maintain a low simmer.
  5. Cook for at least 18 hours, and up to 72 hours. I tend to pull my batch after about 24 hours. Check periodically to ensure the water remains over the bones. Add extra water as needed.
  6. Let the broth cool slightly. If a layer of scum or film appears over the top, skim it off with a slotted spoon. Strain the broth through a fine-mesh strainer or cheesecloth. Store in glass jars in the fridge for up to 5 days or in the freezer for longer.

Notes

For the printable recipe card and complete details on the best type of bones to use, why or why not to add vinegar and my experience with roasting please visit the Carnivore Diet Bone Broth on Primal Edge Health and check out The Carnivore Cookbook too!

Peruvian chicken wings with aji verde

PERUVIAN CHICKEN WINGS WITH AJI VERDE

Serves 4

1.5 kg chicken wings coriander leaves, to serve

1 lime, halved

Aji verde

2 large handfuls of coriander leaves

1 serrano chilli, deseeded and chopped

100 g Aioli 

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Spicy marinade

2 tablespoons coconut oil or good-quality animal fat, melted

4 garlic cloves, finely chopped

3 tablespoons tamari or coconut aminos

3 tablespoons lime juice

3 tablespoons honey

2 tablespoons chipotle chillies in adobo sauce, finely chopped

2 teaspoons ground cumin

2 teaspoons smoked paprika

1 teaspoon finely chopped thyme leaves

1 teaspoon sea salt

For the aji verde, combine the coriander, chilli, aioli, olive oil and vinegar in a blender with a pinch of salt and blend until smooth. Taste and season with salt and pepper. Pour into

a small bowl, cover and refrigerate until required.

Combine all the spicy marinade ingredients in a large bowl. Toss the wings in the spicy marinade and turn to coat well.

Cover and marinate in the fridge for 2 hours or, for best results, overnight.

Preheat the oven to 220°C (200°C fan-forced). Line a baking tray with baking paper.

Place the wings in a single layer on the prepared tray and pour over any remaining marinade. Roast, flipping and basting the wings occasionally, for 40 minutes, or until golden and

cooked through.

Season the wings with salt and pepper and transfer to a serving platter. Serve scattered with coriander leaves and with the aji verde and lime halves on the side.

Lamb ribs with chermoula

‘Shut the gate’ is one of the funniest ways to express when something is so fantastic

that there is nothing left to say on the matter. Well, I reckon this lamb rib dish is one of

the best I have ever had the pleasure of cooking and eating; so, yeah . . . shut the damn

gate! In all seriousness, though, ribs are the tastiest cut of lamb as they have an amazing

layer of fat on top of the meat. When cooked slowly in spices until the meat is falling off

the bone, and finished with a zingy chermoula, not much can top them.

LAMB RIBS WITH CHERMOULA

1.5 kg lamb ribs

3 tablespoons lard or other

good-quality animal fat

sea salt and freshly ground

black pepper

Chermoula

1 large handful of coriander leaves, chopped

1 large handful of flat-leaf parsley leaves, chopped

1 large handful of mint leaves, chopped

2 garlic cloves, chopped

1 ½ teaspoons ground cumin

1 ½ teaspoons ground coriander

1 teaspoon smoked paprika

½ long red chilli, deseeded and chopped

3 tablespoons lemon juice

125 ml (1/2 cup) olive oil

sea salt and freshly ground

black pepper

To make the chermoula, combine the herbs, garlic, spices, chilli and lemon juice in a food processor and process to a paste.

With the motor running, drizzle in the olive oil and process until smooth. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Preheat the oven to 150°C (130°C fan-forced).

Rub the ribs with the fat and sprinkle with a generous amount of salt and pepper.

Heat a large flameproof casserole dish over medium–high heat.

Add the ribs in batches and seal on all sides for 4–5 minutes until browned.

Return all the ribs to the dish, cover with the lid and roast in the oven for 3 hours, or until the meat is tender and falling off the bone.

Cut the ribs into pieces, drizzle over the chermoula and serve.

Serves 4

Lamb chops with anchovy aioli

One of the more unusual flavour combinations I was introduced to when I started my chef

apprenticeship about 30 years ago was the marriage of anchovy and lamb. The salty nature

of anchovies works so well with lamb, that I have used this combination in many ways since

that first encounter. Try this classic surf and turf for yourself, I know you’ll be convinced.

LAMB CHOPS WITH ANCHOVY AIOLI

Serves 4

4 x 180 g lamb forequarter chops

sea salt and freshly ground

black pepper

1 pinch of dried mint

½ teaspoon ground cumin

3 tablespoons coconut oil or good-quality animal fat

Anchovy aioli

6 jarred salted anchovy fillets, rinsed and patted dry, finely chopped

1 tablespoon finely chopped dill fronds

1 tablespoon finely chopped flat-leaf parsley leaves

250 g (1 cup) Aioli (see recipe below)

sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Place all the anchovy aioli ingredients in a bowl and mix to combine. Taste and season with more salt and pepper if needed.

Season the lamb chops with salt and pepper and sprinkle over the dried mint and cumin.

Heat the coconut oil or animal fat in a large frying pan over medium–high heat. Add the lamb and cook, turning occasionally, for 6–7 minutes for medium–rare (or cook to your liking). Transfer to a plate and allow to rest for 5 minutes, keeping warm.

Serve the lamb chops with the anchovy aioli.

AIOLI

Makes 470 g

6 roasted garlic cloves

4 egg yolks

2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar

1 ½ tablespoons lemon juice

420 ml (1 cups) olive oil

sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Combine the garlic, egg yolks, mustard, vinegar, lemon juice and olive oil in a glass jug. Using a hand-held blender, blend, working the blade from the bottom of the jug slowly to the top, until thick and creamy. Alternatively, place the garlic, egg yolks, mustard, vinegar and lemon juice in a food processor and process until combined. With the motor running, slowly pour in the oil in a thin, steady stream and process until the aioli is thick and creamy. Season with salt and pepper. 

Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Pemmican

This pemmican recipe combines the two most essential ingredients for human health: animal meat and fat. It is one of my easy keto recipes that is a long-lasting option for backpacking, hiking, camping and other forms of travel because it won’t spoil, smush or spill. 

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 454 grams meat dried and ground
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons herbs and spices optional
  • 454 grams tallow melted

Instructions

  1. Melt the tallow in an oven-safe container or double boiler over medium-low heat. At 350° F/175° C, it takes about 10 minutes in the oven.
  2. Combine the meat, salt, and optional herbs and spices in a bowl.
  3. Once the tallow is melted, but not too hot, pour over the dry material and combine well. There should be just enough tallow to moisten all the meat but not make puddles. If the fat does not completely incorporate the dry meat, add a little more. Mix well.
  4. Transfer into an 8x8-inch baking dish to set. Then score into squares and store in an airtight container.

Notes

See notes in recipe text for the best way to dry meat.

In place of cutting into squares, it is also possible to roll the mixture in your hands like a meatball and form small balls.

Silicon molds and standard or mini muffin size pans are also useful for forming uniform shaped pieces. Chocolate or soap molds can both be used for this purpose if they have a shape you like.

For the printable recipe and complete recipe details, visit the Pemmican Recipe on Primal Edge Health and check out our keto and carnivore cookbooks too!

Easy Braised Beef Shank

Follow an easy 4-step process to slow cook Braised Beef Shank carnivore style. It is a nourishing and affordable low-carb meal for any time of the year.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 2 hours

Total Time: 2 hours 5 minutes

Servings: 4

Equipment (choose one)

  • Cast iron skillet with a lid
  • Dutch oven

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon tallow butter, ghee, or other cooking fat
  • 4 pieces beef shank 1-inch thick, 8 ounces each
  • 2-3 cups bone broth or water
  • 1 teaspoon salt plus extra as needed

Instructions

  1. Heat cooking fat in a cast iron or heavy bottom skillet with a lid or Dutch oven. Brown both sides of the beef shanks, about 2-3 minutes per side, until a golden-brown crust forms.
  2. Pour broth over shanks. Use at least 2 cups of broth. There should be enough broth to cover the meat ½ to ¾ of the way up the side. Season with salt. Bring it to a simmer.
  3. Reduce the heat and cover with a lid, but leave a small opening for the steam to escape.
  4. Cook over low heat for 3 hours, until the meat falls off the bone. Serve warm in liquid.

Notes

Keto Osso Buco In the last 30 minutes of the cooking time, add any of the vegetable and herb combinations listed in the recipe post and simmer with the meat.

Oven option Follow steps 1-2 then after the broth is at a simmer, put the lid on and transfer to the oven to bake for 2 hours.

Crockpot option Place meat in the bottom of a slow-cooker, pour broth over and season with salt. Cover with the lid and turn on low. Cook for 4-6 hours until easily falls off the bone.

Instant pot option Season the meat. Turn on the Instant pot and select sauté. Once hot add cooking fat to the pot and sear the meat, about 2-3 minutes per side, until golden brown. Add in broth. Close lid and seal valve. Set high pressure and cook for 35 minutes. Natural release pressure for 15 minutes then manually release the remaining pressure.

For the printable recipe and complete recipe details, visit the Easy Braised Beef Shank Recipe on Primal Edge Health and check out The Carnivore Cookbook too!

Carnivore Meatballs with Beef Heart

Ultra-simple carnivore style meatballs are made with 3 ingredients in 4 easy steps and packed with zinc, selenium, B vitamins, and CoQ10.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Servings: 4

Equipment

  • 8x8-inch square glass baking dish

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces ground beef
  • 8 ounces ground beef heart
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  • Mix the two ground meats in a bowl until well combined. Season with salt.
  • Scoop approximately 2 ounces and roll between the palms of your hands to form a ball shape.
  • Place in a small glass baking dish.
  • Bake in a preheated oven at 350*F (175*C) for 20 minutes.
  • Juices will run onto the baking dish once meat is cooked through. Serve meatballs warm with this "sauce" spooned over.

For the printable recipe and complete recipe details, visit the Carnivore Meatball Recipe on Primal Edge Health and check out The Carnivore Cookbook too!

Beef Bone Broth in 5 Easy Steps

Nourish your body with a slow-cooked Beef Bone Broth rich with immune-supporting, gut-healing properties. Make one pot of Beef Bone Broth and it will last all week! There’s so much you can do with it from soup to braising to simply sipping hot.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 24 hours

Total Time: 1 day 5 minutes

Makes: 4 liters

Equipment

  • Stock pot or slow-cooker
  • Strainer
  • Glass jars for storage

Ingredients

  • 6 pounds bones beef, lamb, goat, etc*
  • 1/4 cup raw apple cider vinegar lemon or lime juice
  • veggie and herb scraps optional, see note

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350*. Placing the bones in a roasting pan or glass pyrex, (no butter or oil). Roast for about 20 minutes,** until golden brown (about 20 minutes).
  • In a large pot, add the bones and cover completely with water. Pour in vinegar or lemon/lime juice.
  • Bring to a simmer over low heat and maintain for 24 hours. Do not boil. Keep an eye on the waterline, make sure the bones stay covered with water. Top off as needed.
  • Add optional herbs and veggie scraps like onion, carrot, celery, rosemary, thyme, and/or oregano in the last two hours of the cooking time.
  • Remove from heat and let cool a little. If there is any film on top, skim it off. Strain contents through a cheesecloth or fine mesh strainer. Store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, freeze for longer.

Notes

Classic bone broths are made with onion, carrot, celery, rosemary, thyme, oregano, bay leaf, garlic, salt and pepper. Add what you like.

*Use a mixture of meaty bones, marrow bones, and knucklebones. Tails and feet are nice too - they will add lots of collagen and gelatin to the broth!

**Roasting is optional. The purpose is mostly to affect flavor although some argue that it allows more minerals to go into the broth. To make the recipe ultra fool-proof, just put fresh bones in a pot and move on to step 2.

For the printable recipe and complete recipe details, visit the Bone Broth in 5 Steps Recipe on Primal Edge Health and check out The Carnivore Cookbook too!

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