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Here is the beef tallow that I bought already prepared from the Oklahoma Food Coop, and it was super-sized for free :)!  One of the producers renders the beef fat from Rowdy Stickhorse (a producer that has grass fed beef) to use in their kitchen and they also sell it.  I also bought beef fat from Rowdy Stickhorse to make my own, but I wish I hadn’t.  This was so easy to use, and it only cost $3.75.   The smell isn’t my favorite, but it doesn’t have a flavor (or at least not one that was bad).  Unfortunately the fan on our range hood was broken, so by the time I finished cooking the house was smoky and smelled like a diner.  Oh well, I’ll wait until it is fixed before doing something like this again.

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Here is the prep for making the rings.  I followed the directions I found on a great blog about a month or two ago called “How to Cook Like Your Grandmother”:  http://blog.cooklikeyourgrandmother.com/2008/04/how-to-make-onion-rings-from-scratch.html.  This is a fabulous blog with all sorts of down-home cooking.  I signed up for the free online course, and you can too if you hurry up!  

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I obviously didn’t do the best job of following the directions- I had too much batter on them and I didn’t quite cook them long enough.  Here was my favorite part:

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These beautiful scraps reminded us of salty funnel cakes!  YUM YUM YUM!!!  They made me want to try making some doughnuts or something in beef tallow. 

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We still though thought our diner meal came out great.  I even made some homemade applesauce for dessert. 

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We had a lot of extra onion rings that I did not want to waste.  What’s a girl to do???

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I threw them in the oven the next day and baked them longer to get them crispy.  Then I chopped them up to use instead of french fried onions (which I never buy anyway because they are so bad for you).  Green bean casserole here we come!

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