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Let's say I'm somewhere without access to a stove and I just hunted an animal. How to melt the animal's fat to make oil for cooking using a fire pit without burning the fat.
For cooking/frying, dry rendering is the way to go, but for soap making or baking, you want to wet render and purify your tallow to remove the beef taste and odor.you can also make a pasty soap from rendered fat mixed with lye water. Plenty of recipes on,one for that.
Like others said,low and slow,stirring.Let's say I'm somewhere without access to a stove and I just hunted an animal. How to melt the animal's fat to make oil for cooking using a fire pit without burning the fat.
Deer tallow is where the "gamey" taste resides.I know deer have the fat mainly between the meat and hide,it is not very tastey,and usually removed.
In the past when I used deer rendered deer tallow it did an amazing job to make cast iron pans non stick. When ever I cooked something that would normally stick I would rub a block of tallow over the pan, then wipe it out, then add whatever fat I was going to cook with then add the food. In that case it had almost no affect the flavor.Deer tallow is where the "gamey" taste resides.
If you are picky, maybe that's a problem.
I've found that in wilderness survival, and a little bit of fat starvation... That deer fat gets to tasting damn good.
Interestingly, deer tallow 'cures' a lot harder than beef fat or lard... I had to re-melt the deer tallow to treat my boots. Seems to be holding up as well as mink oil.
If you are picky, then wilderness survival is not for you. That's the idea of going somewhere for camping, with nothing but bare necessities and mother nature, to liberate you from the agitation and unimportant problems you encounter in 21 century and to simulate how people lived in far past. And the people that actually needed to survive had one rule: "If it is not poisonous, I eat it".If you are picky, maybe that's a problem