Cook with ghee or with coconut oil? Pretty proud of yourself, eh? (And you should be!) Now, get ready to up the ante while answering the quintessential 80s question, "where's the beef?" Folks, it is time for Tallow. Behold this jar of grass-fed beef tallow from EPIC Provisions, the folks who made the the concept of "meat bar" deliciously real. In one lovely glass vessel you have weeks of sauteing joy, stew-dolloping bliss, and braising bounty. Slather it on warm foods, cool foods, or your warm and soon-to-be sultry skin. It's all good.
This is portable, nutrient-dense, animal fat completely taken to the next level: a user-friendly cooking fat that arrives right at your doorstep and comes from only the best grass-fed cattle. Why go to the store to get raw beef fat, then spend hours rendering and straining it into jars in your own kitchen? Well, you could. Some people do. Those people might also write paleo and/or parenting and/or household blogs. Meaning, those people might also have a little bit more time under their own roof to tinker with cooking. You? You are going to cut right to the chase and get your cooking fat game ON by letting your source come to you. Good move.
Let's get right into it, shall we: How does this taste? Is it really OK to cook with? There are two kinds of people who will like this grass-fed cooking oil: fans of all things grass-fed, and everyone else. Seriously, this is some ridiculously good stuff.
Perhaps the biggest reason this cooking fat is so good for you is that IT IS EASY. There are healthy habits that we all want to practice but haven't gotten up the momentum. Yet. Enter EPIC and their ready to use jars of animal fat. For stew. For toast (eep?!). For eggs. For roasted veggies.
EPIC proudly introduces a line of chef-choice animal based oils guaranteed to transport your culinary adventures to new realms of nourishment and time honored cooking. A staple cooking oil cherished by generations before, EPIC's rendered animal fats are a trusted, pure and stable option. Enjoy a superior cooking oil with seemingly endless limits, just like your culinary imagination. From nose to tail, EPIC Provisions is committed to honoring and utilizing all aspects of the animal. With the newest addition of animal cooking oils, we are furthering our commitment to what we call the “EPIC Whole Animal Project.” Time–tested by our great–great–great grandparents, we are bringing animal oils back into the kitchen where they belong!
1. Grass fed beef is important. The nutrients are higher, the animals are raised in ways that translates their health into yours. The Global Animal Partnership 5-step Animal Welfare Program has rated EPIC's cattle a Step 4. This ensures that every EPIC cow has had continuous and unconfined access to pasture throughout its life cycle. Additionally, the beef is USDA Certified 100% Organic. Sweet.
2. Grass fed beef fat contains a powerful fat burner called Conjugated Linoleic Acid that is sold as a supplement at vitamin stores for ridiculous prices. CLA has been proven to reduce body fat and increase lean muscle mass. There is 300-500% more CLA in grass fed animals than in corn fed animals. The CLA pills sold supplement stores are made from Safflower oil which is likely oxidized and rancid so it is much better to get CLA from heat-stable grass fed animal fat. CLA has been shown in studies to be anti-inflammatory and protective against heart disease. Researchers have found that CLA reduced symptoms of inflammatory bowel diseases such as Crohn’s.
3. Tallow, like the sebum found naturally in your skin consists primarily of triglycerides which allow for easy absorption of nutrients. Tallow is full of antioxidants and nutrients such as Vitamins A, D E and K, and anti-microbial palmitoleic acid.
Want to know more? There is a rather, *cough*, EPIC post over at Weston A. Price about the nutritional differences between regular and grass-fed tallow. The highlights? "Grass-fed tallow had 45 percent less total PUFA, 66 percent less omega-6 linoleic acid, and four times more omega-3 alpha-linolenic acid. The ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids was over sixteen for the grain-fed tallow but only 1.4 for the grass-fed tallow."
It's your new favorite cooking fat. Use it anywhere you need fat. An. Nee. Where. Spread on roasted veggies. Whip it into a sauce. Braise some meat. Dollop on eggs. Go completely cow-razy. Rub it on your skin!
CLA - see above!!!
Vitamin A, D, E and K
Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Rich in antioxidants
Oddly enough, the roots of EPIC were planted shortly after Katie and I became vegetarians. We wrongly believed that a “clean diet” was plant based and in order to replenish our bodies after hard workouts, we consumed large amounts of soy and other highly processed proteins. As a result, we were making ourselves unintentionally sick with gastrointestinal distress and a myriad of inflammatory ailments. Not knowing what to do, we decided to go vegan and when things got worse, we decided to follow a raw food diet.
Unable to maximize our own vigor and wellness, we looked for answers in the whole foods consumed by our human ancestors. Within a week of adopting, what is now called, the "paleo diet" which emphasizes healthy animal fats, grass fed protein, and leafy vegetables, our bodies and minds radiated with exuberance. Through modifying the foods we ate, we reached exciting new levels of performance during competition as well as daily life. Within a few months Katie and I were stronger, faster, and leaner than we had ever been.
We call our product EPIC because it improves the lives of animals, regenerates our bodies, and helps heal the land. Due to an ingredient label unlike anything else, EPIC epitomizes real foods and will always be humane, pasture centered, and most importantly, delicious. May you fill your life with epic adventure and epic health!
"Feed others as you wish to be fed"
EPIC foods begin with a living animal. We set the industry standards by sourcing our meats from ranchers that we deem EPIC. We mandate proof of certifications, which validate that our animals receive the utmost humane treatment. We believe that EPIC animals should always live pasture-centered lives where turkeys forage, pigs wallow, and buffalo roam. This is the way nature intended animals to be and we see ourselves as leaders in recognizing the value of sustainable and responsible animal welfare practices.
Not only do humanely-treated grass-fed animals live better, more natural lives but they place less stress on the land they inhabit. Our animals live on EPIC lands. When properly managed, grass-fed animals can produce a net benefit to the environment. Pasture grazing requires significantly less fossil fuel than a feedlot diet consisting of corn, soy, antibiotics, and hormones. Pastured animals fertilize the land they graze on, which eliminates the fossil fuels required by conventional fertilizing practices. Lastly, grass-filled fields not only hold on to topsoil and moisture but also more effectively remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere than any other use of land!
Perhaps the most compelling argument for consuming grass-fed meats comes from the EPIC nutrition that is passed on from animal to human. The brilliance of this nutrient transfer is based on how the animals are raised. Grass-fed animals are loaded with higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids, which are better for both cardiovascular health and contain anti-inflammatory properties. They also have significantly higher values of vitamins A and E as well as antioxidants.
Everyone! Long lasting satiety comes easily with EPIC's nutrient-dense fat when added to your favorite recipes.
Yes! Yes! Yes! Heck yes!