I love traditional fats. There is nothing worse to me than seeing a big bottle of canola, corn, sunflower or “vegetable” oil in anybody’s kitchen. I’d rather them eat a vat of grains or bushel of nuts. I once Facebook stalked a dietician here in Lebanon because she went on a TV show with a well-known chef and took him on a shopping trip to the supermarket. She made sure she told him and the rest of the viewers that butter and “samne” (ghee) were terrible for you and for your heart you needed “light” oil like canola. I suppose it isn’t her fault. It is very difficult to get traditional fats here and unless, you are prepared to drive to the ends of the earth and empty your wallet, (which I do frequently) finding coconut oil is nearly impossible. After my husband had to take the remote out of my hand to keep me from throwing it through the TV I made sure I found her on Facebook and told her what a colossal moron she was.
60 years ago using lard in pie crusts was the norm. Heart disease was a rarity. Women used butter to fry eggs. They were far thinner than we are today. Until our fallout with the Philippines in the 80’s, movie popcorn was made with coconut oil. Some of you might be too young to remember but it is SOOOOO GOOOOOOD. I remember the day they banned coconut oil from movie popcorn and erased it from the shelves. Nothing ever tasted the same again.
In fact, the use of industrial seed oils was more economically and politically motivated rather than being actually healthy. In fact, coconut oil has a specific acid called capric acid that actually relaxes blood vessels while seed oils have more linoleic acid (the kind that is supposed to be healthy) and that has a tendency to constrict those same blood vessels.
Traditional fats are a valuable source of Vitamins A, D, and K which are necessary for hormone regulation, reproduction, immunity, bone health and much more. We will be discussing the tremendous benefits of traditional fats in a future post.
Right now I want to introduce you to one of my favorite companies on the face of the earth. Fatworks Traditional Fats is the highest quality grass-fed beef tallow, free-range pork leaf lard (back fat), lard and the most beautifully pure pastured free-range duck fat I have ever used. (I made duck fat potatoes the other day and I had women dying to know how I got the potatoes so crispy and flavorful!)
By eating real food we naturally increased our fat intake. Yet we lost weight, felt less hungry had more energy then ever and never “boinked”. So this lead us to the obvious question: how could so many nutritionists be so wrong? Turns out the recommendations that most nutritionists espouse are still horribly outdated. In addition, the rationale for what is deemed “healthy” is often times more economically or politically motivated than scientifically based. One thing became clear: the vilification of saturated fat was one of the biggest mistakes of the 20th century. Replacing fats with processed and sugary “low fat” foods has done nothing but harm to our health. Turns out eating fat does not make people fat. But more than that, when it comes to heart health, saturated fat is NOT the problem. Oxidation is the problem! Guess which oils oxidize the most? Hint: It rhymes with “wegetable oil.” Well we don’t mess around with our health so we immediately removed all traces of industrialized seed/vegetable oils from our shelves. It was time to hunt for some good traditional fats so we started searcn for the best grassfed tallow, pastured lard and pastured duck fat we could find. Just one little problem. We couldn’t find any that match our standards. It dawned on us: No one was dedicating themselves solely to making high quality, traditional animal fat. Fatworks was born!
I use the tallow to make french fries (it makes amazing sweet potato fries) in all my biscuits, and I made a beef pot pie for my family the other day which was shockingly good! It’s fall and there is an abundance of organic corn available in the market. When life gives you corn (and pork) you make tamales! If you’ve ever eaten a ‘healthy’ tamale made with vegetable shortening you know there is absolutely NO taste! Using Fatworks Leaf Lard gave so much flavor it was unbelievable why anyone would want to use anything else. The lard is perfect for tortillas, too!
If any of you love Mexican food as much as ME, you have to get your hands on the whole entire line!
Oh did I mention I am trying my hand at soap when my lye arrives?? I will let you know how it comes out but talk about something amazing for your skin!
Their tallow is available in 14 oz. jars but what I love most is their “Fat Bastard” which comes in kind of a “stick” and is a half gallon (59 whole ounces) of lovely pure tallow!
Divas, if you are looking for glowing skin, shiny hair, and bright eyes along with boundless energy THIS is the only fat (along with grass-fed ghee, butter and, of course, coconut oil) you need. RUN don’t walk to the ‘buy’ button.
This review is coming at just the right time, too. In about 5 hours there is a 25% “Talloween” Sale going on at Fatworks! This sale is on all combos that have tallow in them. Click the banner below to get your “fat” on!