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10/27/2014 04:14 AM

Greetings from Tink World!

Fat can do a body good. The findings from a recent study about saturated fats won't be a surprise to some. For others that thrive on the fad diets and follow what their doctors say to a T, it might be hard to swallow. You see, satruated fats don't cause heart disease. 

I realize that studies have to be taken with a grain of salt. Researchers can bend the truth and find ways to meet their agendas. So, I am always careful to trust studies. Instead, I try to find more than one place for the truth about whatever topic is at hand.

So, I’m not shocked that a scientist in the 60’s is to blame for the war on saturated fats. He chose his research suspects carefully so that he could “find” the end result that he wanted. It seems that he did this all in the name of fame.

The irony of cutting saturated fats out of your diet, according to the article, is by eating more carbs, fruits and starches, which are what could actually lead to obesity and type 2 diabetes.  According to the article, “[…] fat doesn’t make you fat or diabetic.” It could be all the things you are eating that you think are healthier.

You see, your body actually needs fat to be able to absorb nutrients from some foods. If you have read or are familiar with Nourishing Traditions, you know all of this already. However, if you think that animal fats are no bueno for you, I urge you to read the whole article. Yes, it’s long. But, it’s packed with information about how the U.S. has gotten so far from the truth of real foods. It’s not just processed foods that are to blame.

That being said, many people are replacing vegetable oils and shortenings with rendered animal fats. Also, the rendered fat can be used for everyday cooking/frying. Beef and pork fat are also great to add to deer meat as it's being processed. It adds a little fat to the very lean meat. You can purchase frozen beef or pork fat from Tink's and render it yourself. It's really quite easy.

Since the fat is sold frozen, it needs to be thawed before it’s rendered. Some recipes also suggest cutting the fat into chunks or putting in a food processor to make the pieces smaller before rendering. There are different ways to render the fats. The easiest way is to simply put in the crock pot on low for hours. That way, you could actually walk away from it if necessary. You can also place it in a pot and render on the stove top. This way, you want to be sure not to let the fat get too hot or it will burn.

Most of the fat will be trimmed pretty closely. However, there are sometimes pieces of meat left on the fat. You can trim this off before you render or you can skim it off the top later. Either way is fine, it’s just whatever works for you.

Once the fat is rendered, you can pour into glass jars, cover and store on the counter for a couple of weeks. For baking, you’d need to place in refrigerator.

Both fats are most often available at markets. However, if you need a large quantity, email or call to be sure we have the amount you need on hand.

As for markets, the last Evans Market for the season is Thursday, October 30 from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. So, be sure to stock up. We'll be making monthly deliveries to the area until the market starts again in the spring. Right now, it's looking like the delivery will fall on  the second Tuesday of each month. So, be sure to watch the calender and blogs for the November delivery.

On Saturday, November 1, Team Tink will be at the Decatur Farmers Market from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. We will have full beef and pork inventory and there may even be some specials this week. Also, we finally have Darby Farms pastured chicken in stock again. So, come get your beef, pork and chicken all in the same place.

That's all for now. Have a great week. We'll see you at the market!