jordan barton wrote:so the beef suet is 94% fat. The composition is about 50-55% saturated,40% monounsaturated and 3-6% polyunsaturated fatty acid. Tallows have several percent of an antimicrobial fatty acid palmitoleic acid.
Lard is more or less the equivalent of tallow in its usage, except that it has more unsaturated and can become rancid if not handled properly. Usually it is about 40% saturated, 50% monounsaturated, and 10% polyunsaturated.
This is taken from the famous Mary G Enig Ph.D book Know your fats.
Now i imagine, grass fed beef tallow or suet would taste different than say grain fed tallow.
the pig would really depend on the diet it was fed.
thomas rubino wrote:Hey Adam;
That sounds good, but I have never ground my own before.
To easy to take it down to a butcher and let him run it thru an industrial grinder.
Then they quick freeze it. They give me a call , I go give them $40 or so and I get back over #100 of nice little frozen burger pacs!
I should add that my butcher works from his home in small lots.
I never doubt that what I get back, is what I brought him.
Large high volume butcher shops, I wonder if they are as good about keeping meat separate. (I'm sure most are)
thomas rubino wrote:By the way Adam, Congratulations on your first deer ! May there be many more in your future!
thomas rubino wrote:Yes and Yes
We have both whitetail and mule deer.
Because of the heavy timber here, the mule deer live up high in the mountains and eat poorly. They are large , much larger than the whitetail, but (in my opinion) they taste horrible! I won't shoot one anymore. Don't care how big the rack is, it's just not worth it.
In eastern Montana the mule deer live in the valley eating from Alfalfa / sugar beet fields. They taste great and the locals over there call whitetails (leggy German shepherds) they won't shoot one...
The whitetails here all live down in the valleys and graze hay fields all night. They taste outstanding. I won't shoot anything but.
Now Elk... MMM good ! Different from deer, but in my opinion they are the best!
In my younger days I of course wanted the "big" bull. Let me tell you, shoot the spike/rag horn bull instead. Bigger than the cows ,but oh so tasty and tender.
You didn't mention Moose... larger than an elk and just as tasty, they can be a little tougher though.