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Re: Is bear fat worth rendering?
« Reply #15 on: July 22, 2021, 06:44:40 AM »
My spring bears have always been good, fall bears with berries all over, excellent.  Never did the fat thing though, guess I'll look into it.  But no way was I packing any extra weight out of the back country last year, think I had a slight heart attack packing that guy out alone.
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Re: Is bear fat worth rendering?
« Reply #16 on: July 22, 2021, 07:19:25 AM »
My spring bears have always been good, fall bears with berries all over, excellent.  Never did the fat thing though, guess I'll look into it.  But no way was I packing any extra weight out of the back country last year, think I had a slight heart attack packing that guy out alone.

That definitely played a factor into my bear, nothing like shooting an animal deep down in a wet side hole to remind you why weights important. My brother and my dad each got one over the last couple years after I moved out... right behind our house. Unfair!
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Re: Is bear fat worth rendering?
« Reply #17 on: July 22, 2021, 08:50:31 AM »
Well, looks easy to render, just put in a crock pot on low and then strain out the fat chunks.  You guys eat the fat chunks? Wonder if they’d be good deep fried?
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Re: Is bear fat worth rendering?
« Reply #18 on: July 22, 2021, 09:32:50 AM »
Well, looks easy to render, just put in a crock pot on low and then strain out the fat chunks.  You guys eat the fat chunks? Wonder if they’d be good deep fried?

Bear cracklins are good....

https://hunttoeat.com/wild-food/recipes/rendered-bear-fat-cracklings/

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Re: Is bear fat worth rendering?
« Reply #19 on: July 22, 2021, 01:41:59 PM »
I saved as much fat from my spring bear as possible (obviously I didn't get a whole lot) I rendered it down using a pot on the stove and I was surprised how easy it was and how nice it turned out. We've been cooking with it and my wife uses it on everything now. It's definitely worth doing. I will be rendering every piece of bear fat I can get from now on.

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Re: Is bear fat worth rendering?
« Reply #20 on: July 22, 2021, 03:03:44 PM »
It's not worth it to me because we wouldn't use it but I've given a bunch of it away to people that do. 

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Re: Is bear fat worth rendering?
« Reply #21 on: July 23, 2021, 11:31:41 AM »
A friend got a bear years ago. I rubbed some raw bear fat into my everyday boots and they stayed soft and comfy for quite a long time.
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Re: Is bear fat worth rendering?
« Reply #22 on: July 23, 2021, 11:57:48 AM »
If anyone on the fence wants to try some bear fat….I will give you some.  I have some half pints frozen from last years bear that I will give away to people that want to try it.   We will be making more this year with our bears so I will have plenty. 

Clearly I will not ship and it has to be a face to face pick up.  Let me know.

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Re: Is bear fat worth rendering?
« Reply #23 on: July 23, 2021, 12:07:31 PM »
If anyone on the fence wants to try some bear fat….I will give you some.  I have some half pints frozen from last years bear that I will give away to people that want to try it.   We will be making more this year with our bears so I will have plenty. 

Clearly I will not ship and it has to be a face to face pick up.  Let me know.
so do you rub the rendered fat on leather or the raw fat?
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Re: Is bear fat worth rendering?
« Reply #24 on: July 23, 2021, 12:14:39 PM »
If anyone on the fence wants to try some bear fat….I will give you some.  I have some half pints frozen from last years bear that I will give away to people that want to try it.   We will be making more this year with our bears so I will have plenty. 

Clearly I will not ship and it has to be a face to face pick up.  Let me know.
so do you rub the rendered fat on leather or the raw fat?

Rendered so it does not stink like raw bear fat.  Also we cook with it a lot.   Come pick some up when your buying that rifle. 

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Re: Is bear fat worth rendering?
« Reply #25 on: July 23, 2021, 12:15:58 PM »
If anyone on the fence wants to try some bear fat….I will give you some.  I have some half pints frozen from last years bear that I will give away to people that want to try it.   We will be making more this year with our bears so I will have plenty. 

Clearly I will not ship and it has to be a face to face pick up.  Let me know.
so do you rub the rendered fat on leather or the raw fat?

Rendered so it does not stink like raw bear fat.  Also we cook with it a lot.   Come pick some up when your buying that rifle.
That is still for sale???  Wow, I would have thought someone would have jumped on that by now!!  These guys on here are so damn picky.
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Re: Is bear fat worth rendering?
« Reply #26 on: July 23, 2021, 12:18:57 PM »
If anyone on the fence wants to try some bear fat….I will give you some.  I have some half pints frozen from last years bear that I will give away to people that want to try it.   We will be making more this year with our bears so I will have plenty. 

Clearly I will not ship and it has to be a face to face pick up.  Let me know.
so do you rub the rendered fat on leather or the raw fat?

Rendered so it does not stink like raw bear fat.  Also we cook with it a lot.   Come pick some up when your buying that rifle.
That is still for sale???  Wow, I would have thought someone would have jumped on that by now!!  These guys on here are so damn picky.

Yeah not a lot of interest at this point.  Even offered up powder and bullets so someone could be loading ASAP. 

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Re: Is bear fat worth rendering?
« Reply #27 on: July 23, 2021, 01:43:20 PM »
Yes it’s absolutely worth rendering. I don’t waste a ounce of fat in any of my bears. It’s a very high quality oil that is a good healthy high burning temp replacement for vegetable oil.

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Re: Is bear fat worth rendering?
« Reply #28 on: July 23, 2021, 01:49:28 PM »
I have been sampling a lot of bear in recent years and the only thing I like about shooting big bears is the fat. Small bears  are much better eating but they don’t have the same fat layer.

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Re: Is bear fat worth rendering?
« Reply #29 on: July 23, 2021, 04:07:46 PM »
A French chef told my mother that bear fat is the finest pastry shortening in the world.  We use it in every pie crust.  People always ask how we get such light flaky pie crust.  Rendered pure bear lard is a major factor, though I add in some butter for its flavor.

Bear meat runs the widest gamut of excellent to bad flavor of any animal I’ve eaten enough times to base my opinion on a sample of many animals.  I will pass on bear meat rather than play Russian roulette flavors.  Most bear is good.

I got about 1.5 gallons of rendered bear fat from a big bear I shot last fall and it was really good for baking and just all around cooking use.  I especially enjoyed the flavor it added to muffins of all sorts.  I should add that I only harvest the berry-eating bears in the mountains, and they have all tasted good.  I am also really diligent about getting the meat cooled quickly and making sure there isn't any hair in it.

 


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