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Title: Rendered Bear Grease
Post by: jrebel on October 21, 2020, 05:26:17 PM
For those on the fence.......rendering your bear fat to make lard / bear grease is easy and super amazing.  I have been waiting to kill a bear with enough fat to make it worth my time.  Well this year I did just that.  I rendered the fat and have about 12 pints of the whitest grease a person could ask for.  I have used it to cook with and thus far no one in my family has complained.  I use it in my cast iron pans to cook up deer tenderloin and........it was mouth watering good.   :drool: :drool: :drool:   

Absolutely no game flavor or smell.  If anything it smells a little like the wild plums the bear had been eating...a slight sweet smell to it.  I will be doing this with every bear I kill that has a decent amount of fat. 

How I did it for those on that want to try. 

1.  cut all the clean fat off the bear while butchering.  No blood shot fat, no hair, no anything nasty. 
2.  Trim as much meat off fat.
3.  Put fat in freezer / fridge to harden a little.
4.  Grind fat through grinder once.
5.  In a pot big enough for all the fat, ad 1/2 cut of water and start warming on the lowest setting your stove top has. 
6.  Add about a cup of ground fat to the pot and let it start to render.  When it starts to liquify, add additional fat and stir. 
7.  Stir occasionally and let the fat render.  This will literally take hours.  Mine took 7-8 hours before it started to bubble just a little bit. 
8.  Strain through three layers of cheesecloth into jars you want to store grease in. 
9.  Let it cool, put a lid on it and store in a freezer. 

The video I watched and learned from was using leaf lard from a pig.  It recommended the low and slow method over faster to keep the color bright white and not burn the lard causing it to turn colors.  I may try a little warmer burner next time.....but definitely not to warm.  I don't want it to ever boil or turn brown.  The video stated the leaf lard from a pig has more Omega 3 fatty acids that fish when done on low heat.....not sure if the applies to a bear. 

Everyone needs to do this.....it really is amazing and very easy. 
Title: Re: Rendered Bear Grease
Post by: callturner on October 21, 2020, 05:55:08 PM
I use the same process without grinding it.
Title: Re: Rendered Bear Grease
Post by: Skywagon_185 on October 21, 2020, 07:38:30 PM
Bear grease makes the  very best boot grease that exists!!  Mix with equal parts of beeswax, neatsfoot oil and bear grease and apply warm.  Excellent waterproofing.  My mom claimed it was also the best fat to use for piecrusts.  Ya,  I'm an old timer. Pure pork lard is a close second.
Mike
Title: Re: Rendered Bear Grease
Post by: h3x0ctb1n on October 21, 2020, 07:57:55 PM
Want to do this so bad! I need a bear first...
Title: Re: Rendered Bear Grease
Post by: Sutherland on October 21, 2020, 08:02:04 PM
That sounds amazing I must try this is I can get the time to find a bear this year! Thanks for the detailed instructions Jreble!
Title: Re: Rendered Bear Grease
Post by: callturner on October 21, 2020, 08:05:47 PM
Bear grease makes the  very best boot grease that exists!!  Mix with equal parts of beeswax, neatsfoot oil and bear grease and apply warm.  Excellent waterproofing.  My mom claimed it was also the best fat to use for piecrusts.  Ya,  I'm an old timer. Pure pork lard is a close second.
Mike
Mixed right it also makes an awesome bullet lube! :chuckle:
Title: Re: Rendered Bear Grease
Post by: lokidog on October 21, 2020, 11:08:59 PM
I didn't grind mine, diced to about 1/4 by 1/2 inch. I didn't use water either, maybe goes faster? I just cooked slow until it quit bubbling, no moisture left in the fat.

The chitlins make great doggy treats also.

Still looking forward to making a pie crust with it.
Title: Re: Rendered Bear Grease
Post by: jrebel on October 22, 2020, 06:17:24 AM
I didn't grind mine, diced to about 1/4 by 1/2 inch. I didn't use water either, maybe goes faster? I just cooked slow until it quit bubbling, no moisture left in the fat.

The chitlins make great doggy treats also.

Still looking forward to making a pie crust with it.

I didnít get any chitlins.....I has a mushy pulp that I strained off.   I thought it may be contributed to my grinding method.. :dunno:   I wonder if that pulp would have crisped up with hotter temps??   
Title: Re: Rendered Bear Grease
Post by: huntnnw on October 22, 2020, 06:23:51 AM
grind ours also, wife makes soap with it.
Title: Re: Rendered Bear Grease
Post by: lokidog on October 22, 2020, 10:54:37 AM
I didn't grind mine, diced to about 1/4 by 1/2 inch. I didn't use water either, maybe goes faster? I just cooked slow until it quit bubbling, no moisture left in the fat.

The chitlins make great doggy treats also.

Still looking forward to making a pie crust with it.

I didnít get any chitlins.....I has a mushy pulp that I strained off.   I thought it may be contributed to my grinding method.. :dunno:   I wonder if that pulp would have crisped up with hotter temps??

The chunks probably contributed to something more remaining. I just fried mine on low (still hot enough to fry) until all of the moisture was cooked out of them.  I did overheat one batch which ended up slightly brown, that was made into some wonderful soap.
Title: Re: Rendered Bear Grease
Post by: buckfvr on October 22, 2020, 11:15:06 AM
My wife experimented with her large crock pot/slow cooker on low setting and now leaves it overnight and it turns out pure white nearly odorless.

Main stay for soap and baking for several years.
Title: Re: Rendered Bear Grease
Post by: jrebel on October 22, 2020, 11:19:36 AM
My wife experimented with her large crock pot/slow cooker on low setting and now leaves it overnight and it turns out pure white nearly odorless.

Main stay for soap and baking for several years.

That's a great idea.  Does she leave the top to let the moisture evaporate?  I'm sure I could have left mine longer and maybe rendered a little more out of it....but it was bedtime, LOLOL. 

Title: Re: Rendered Bear Grease
Post by: KFhunter on October 22, 2020, 11:57:38 AM
Turkey roaster oven on the deck overnight.

I use those cheap 22 qt or so roaster ovens a lot!  I do my tomato sauce in them too, just cook hours and hours.


They also made liners for easy cleanup(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20201022/4ea77725180023c860cda10e0c42a313.jpg)
Title: Re: Rendered Bear Grease
Post by: yakimanoob on October 22, 2020, 12:28:41 PM
Yeah!  We got a bear this year and I got all the fat I wanted to carry.  I should end up with about 8 qts, including my first batch which was a bit gamier than intended (I failed to trim enough meat off and also didn't grind it). 

Trimmed the meat off, partially froze then ground the fat, then let the crockpot on low work its magic for ~4 hours.  Voila! 

For those experimenting or concerned: my good batches still have a faint hint of gamey aroma to the fat itself, but once it gets warm there is ZERO aroma.  I make my living selecting coffees, at least partially on the aroma.  I'm not always the best at identifying what I'm smelling, but smelling something with no aroma at all is always a memorable experience. 

Hash browns cooked in bear fat are MAGICAL. 
Title: Re: Rendered Bear Grease
Post by: buckfvr on October 22, 2020, 01:28:03 PM
My wife experimented with her large crock pot/slow cooker on low setting and now leaves it overnight and it turns out pure white nearly odorless.  She was doing bear fat when bear fat wasnt cool.   :chuckle:

Main stay for soap and baking for several years.

That's a great idea.  Does she leave the top to let the moisture evaporate?  I'm sure I could have left mine longer and maybe rendered a little more out of it....but it was bedtime, LOLOL.

Lids always on when I notice, but then again its her gig so I dont pay attention to details (other than delicious pie crust and pastries).   :dunno:  And incredible soap.
Title: Re: Rendered Bear Grease
Post by: Special T on October 22, 2020, 02:03:41 PM
My wife is a soap maker. she has rendered deer and bear, and beef fat for soaps.  she uses a crock pot. (actually several) She doesn't use water but it renders quicker when the chunks of fat are in the hot liquid. bear fat made great soap, but then again so did the deer and Beef fat. the animal fat makes for a hard bar that lasts a long time. I think she had 5 large croc pots going in the garage at one time for a few weeks rendering fat... Smelled awesome in the garage.
Title: Re: Rendered Bear Grease
Post by: jrebel on October 22, 2020, 02:33:50 PM
Im gonna have to look into this bear soap recipe.   Anyone want to share their ingredients and methods. 
Title: Re: Rendered Bear Grease
Post by: buckfvr on October 22, 2020, 03:17:36 PM
Ill check with my wife and see if she doesnt have it posted somewhere and let you know.
Title: Re: Rendered Bear Grease
Post by: dilleytech on October 24, 2020, 11:35:43 AM
Bear fat is my favorite part of a bear probably. All animals have meat but only bears have bear fat. I just cut it into cubes and render. No need to dirty your grinder or add water. Works great and the cracklings seasoned are amazing. High smoke point, great flavor and much better for you then cooking in Vegetable oil. I got 46 pints off my 420# bear this fall. Last year the two bears the wife and I got around 225# didnít have hardly any fat.. man that was disappointing.
Title: Re: Rendered Bear Grease
Post by: Shawn Ryan on October 29, 2020, 04:21:37 PM
Rendered the fat from my bear and have been using the oil for all our cooking, including in chocolate chip cookies. Delicious.
Title: Re: Rendered Bear Grease
Post by: pianoman9701 on October 30, 2020, 10:00:51 AM
Im gonna have to look into this bear soap recipe.   Anyone want to share their ingredients and methods.

Google homemade lye soap and sub the bear fat for the grease needed. It's pretty easy to make.
Title: Re: Rendered Bear Grease
Post by: jrebel on October 30, 2020, 08:12:21 PM
Just used some bear grease to cook my boys tenderloin and blackstrap.    I canít believe I just figured this out at 43 years old.   Kind of embarrassed to admit that actually.   :drool: :drool: :drool:   It is so unbelievably useful and delicious. 
Title: Re: Rendered Bear Grease
Post by: Axle on October 30, 2020, 09:29:24 PM
A buddy of mine in the '70s used rendered bear fat for boot grease.
His feet never got wet.
My feet got wet regardless of the boot grease I used.
Title: Re: Rendered Bear Grease
Post by: Bango skank on October 30, 2020, 09:37:01 PM
Bear fat is great stuff.  Great for soap and also great for cooking.
Title: Re: Rendered Bear Grease
Post by: lokidog on October 31, 2020, 06:32:27 PM
Love that mold, source?
Title: Re: Rendered Bear Grease
Post by: Bango skank on October 31, 2020, 06:41:57 PM
No idea where it came from, my mom makes the soap.  I could ask her next time i talk to her.
Title: Re: Rendered Bear Grease
Post by: buckfvr on October 31, 2020, 07:13:40 PM
No idea where it came from, my mom makes the soap.  I could ask her next time i talk to her.

Custom ordered from Canada, cant remember name of company.
Title: Re: Rendered Bear Grease
Post by: lokidog on October 31, 2020, 08:33:06 PM
No idea where it came from, my mom makes the soap.  I could ask her next time i talk to her.

Custom ordered from Canada, cant remember name of company.

Thanks