What is Fatworks? Fatworks crafts the finest premium traditional fats in the world while crusading against fat-phobia everywhere. We are “The Fattitude Adjusters” and we hope you will join us on our delicious and nutritious mission. Our products are absolutely and unapologetically premium fat! Fatworks was founded to meet the very exacting standards of gourmet cooks, chefs, bakers and fry fanatics. We proudly supply our fat for Paleo/Primal diet followers and well as Weston A. Price, Just Eat Real Fooders, GAPS, and anyone else who embraces THE TRUTH about saturated fat. If you are passionate about healthy fats you have come to the right place as no person or company is more dedicated to crafting healthy, traditional fat than Fatworks. Welcome. What is a Fatworker? Fatworkers are the heart and soul of Fatworks. They are people (like you hopefully) who spread the truth about healthy fat through example and delicious cooking. Simply put, a Fatworker is someone who understands that fat works for flavor, food, and fuel and that real fat is vital for a healthy and balanced diet. So you want to be a Fatworker too? Then, of course, you already are! But it doesn’t hurt to sign up to be on our mailing list to find out about sales, events, research, recipes, etc. Why is Fatworks so passionate about fat, afterall isn’t fat bad? Someone needs to defend fat and we are the ones to do it. Thankfully we are not alone, many researchers, doctors and nutritionist understand about good saturated fat. In fact most REAL healthy traditional fat is good for you. The antiquated myths that malign saturated fat are based on an unproven 60 year old “lipid hypothesis”. This unproven hypothesis states: A. saturated fat raises cholesterol B. higher cholesterol causes heart disease Therefore: C. saturated fat causes heart disease. Now, to be fair to fat-phobics, in the short term there is a modest increase in cholesterol when you eat saturated fat, however, over the long term, saturated fat has not been shown to raise cholesterol levels by any large degree. But, and here is the important part, the truth is that simply raising ones cholesterol does not cause heart attacks. We can even take it one step further and tell you that there seems to be a protective element to cholesterol for overall mortality rates and higher cholesterol is associated with better brain health. (Maybe because the brain is 80% cholesterol.) Of course we are but simple crafters-o-fat, so please do yourself a favor and check out the following links written by one of our heroes. He’s much smarter than we are. https://chriskresser.com/the-diet-heart-myth-why-everyone-should-know-their-ldl-particle-number http://chriskresser.com/the-diet-heart-myth-cholesterol-and-saturated-fat-are-not-the-enemy Why do we say, “Friends don’t let friends eat industrialized vegetable oil?” Strangely enough the new research is finding that humans may not be well adapted to eating oils created by people in a lab such as canola, sunflower, soybean, cottonseed. In fact, research shows that “vegetable” oils (really seed oil) is quite harmful for you. From a neurological standpoint, so-called vegetable oils actually raise your set point by disrupting the hypothalamus’ ability to regulate your weight and metabolism. Because they are highly processed many of the molecules in seed oils are damaged causing toxicity. Speaking of toxicity, “vegetable” oils oxidize easily and it’s the OXIDATION of fats NOT SATURATION that is the real issue for heart health. Even Omega-3’s oxidize so you should always purchase any oils from a reputable source. Lastly, traditional fats simply taste better. A lot better. (The last part is our opinion, all the rest is scientific stuffs.) Are Fatworks Pure Premium Oils good for Weston A. Price followers, X-Fitters, Paleo Diet Followers, GAPS, Just Eat Good Fooders, etc.? Not only are our fats good for these types of lifestyles, Fatworks was created precisely FOR these groups. If you follow any one of these lifestyles then you already understand the benefits of fat. In fact, you probably changed your life for the better long before you were introduced to Fatworks. If you have an inspirational story, please send it to us – we may use it to help inspire others. However, it should be said that you don’t need to follow these lifestyles in order to enjoy our products. Fatworks believes optimal health means eating the highest quality meats, fruits, nuts and lots of vegetables. So all you need to be a Fatworker is to understand the value of eating the highest quality food. What’s a Render Monkey? Someone dedicated to perfecting the craft of creating pure cooking oil from traditional animal fat. At Fatworks we’re all just a bunch of Render Monkeys helping you make the most important oil change of your life. What is Premium Grass-Fed Beef Tallow? Grass Fed Beef Tallow and Pastured Lard are both rendered fat, but technically “tallow” tends to be a bit harder at room temperature. That’s the reason why you can make candles with tallow and not lard. Our beef tallow is crafted from 100% grass-fed, pasture raised cows. Rich in CLA and deliciousness. It’s simple the best tallow out there. We have explained this in great detail on the following Facebook posts. http://tinyurl.com/lot9xfm http://tinyurl.com/mz9sd4q What is Fatworks Premium Grass Fed Beef Tallow Best For? Pies, fries, eggs, chili, stews. Great for baking, sautees or deep frying. Tallow is really as versatile as you make it. You can also make great lotions and soap. What is Pasture Raised Duck Fat? It’s complicated so pay attention! This gets a bit technical. Duck fat, (a.k.a the fat from ducks) is the fat that is rendered from a duck. It has been treasured in French cooking for centuries but it is amazing no matter what the cuisine. It’s full of healthy monounsaturated, which even the most fat-phobic main stream nutritionist will agree is great for you. How does Duck Fat taste? It imparts a rich distinct, delicious flavor that you need to experience to understand. There is a reason gourmet chefs have been using duck fat as their secret weapon for centuries. Even people who don’t like duck love cooking with Duck Fat. There’s just something special about it. Man, it’s difficult trying to describe a flavor so we realize this probably doesn’t help much, but we tried. So should you. Is oil separation normal in my Duck Fat? What with her many types of saturated and mono unsaturated fat, The Diva (a.k.a. Fatwork’s Pasture Raised Duck Fat) is a very complex creature. These different types of saturated mono unsaturated and polyunsaturated fat separate since the different types of fat have different weight. But our Pastured Princess she loves to dance! So, shake her up! Just remember to put her in the fridge and she will turn to creamy goodness ready to seduce all your dishes. Why do we call our Duck Fat “She” or “The Diva” or “The Divine Miss D”? Because she’s beautiful and divine and she’s a diva and we love her. What is Pasture Raised Leaf lard? If your recipe asks for “lard” don’t be confused and think you can’t use leaf lard. You can and you should! Leaf lard is simply the name of the highest quality pork lard in the world. Why is it such high quality? Well we take organic leaves and we gently crush them into… just kidding. Leaf lard is such high quality because it’s only made from the so-called “flare” or “leaf” of the pig. These are protective deposits of 100% pure precious pig fat. There is no meat muscle in the “flare” and hence produces less pork flavor. Leaf lard is the most prized cooking oil of all by bakers because it creates the lightest, moistest and flakiest crusts. Find a great lard pie crust recipe and you’ll know actually why real fat works. But, leaf lard is not just for baking ! Pastured Leaf lard is perfect for frying and sautéing when you want oil with a neutral flavor that allows the ingredients of your dishes to shine. Our lard is 100% Pasture-Raised. Are there any artificial trans fats in your products? Someone really did ask us that. We decided not to take offense since it’s a question we would have asked as well. The answer is that artificial trans fat are anathema to everything Fatworks stands for. In other words, NO! What do your animals eat? Hopefully, this is the first question you looked for when you came to our site. Nothing is more important to an animal’s quality of life than what they eat and how they are raised. For this reason we only use Pasture-Raised animals. The cows we use only eat grass and the ducks and pigs eat what they find in pasture and are supplemented with NON-GMO feed. So what’s in the feed you ask? It’s a high quality NON-GMO mix of grains and soy. We realize some people are concerned about soy because it contains isoflavonoids which are biologically active compounds such as phytoestrogens. Some researchers believe these have a deleterious effect on the human body while others researchers will cite studies which claim that soy isoflavonoids are in fact, beneficial. (Funny thing this food science.) For what it’s worth, the founders of Fatworks try to avoid soy in their diet. That’s why it was a happy day indeed when we received the lab results which stated “it doesn’t look like there are any “isoflavonoids” in the duck fat.” A little known fact is that the isoflavonoids, it seems, are absorbed in the muscle meat and possibly the organs, but not the fat! The same principle applies for grain proteins such as gluten. Gluten is NOT absorbed into the fat of animals. Therefore our fats are, of course, gluten free. We would like to stress once again that any soy or grains our animals receive is NON-GMO and that these are pastured ducks, pigs and cows. If you know anything about standard farming practices you know this is very rare indeed. Unlike the vast majority of ducks and pigs raised in the U.S., the animals we source feed on true pastures which provides them grass, grubs, clover and anything else they would eat in nature, making for a much more rounded fatty acid profile. Conceptually we would love, love, love to rid soy and even grains from all animal food supply, but this would literally starve the animals on the pasture. It is currently only possible to feed without grain supplementation on very, very small farms, most of which are not USDA certified. We thought long and hard about what we would permit in the feed of our products and basically it came down to this: We were not going to let the “perfect be the enemy of the good.” Our mission is and has always been, to provide the best fat possible in the current environment. We created Fatworks to provide people a healthier and better tasting alternative to trans fats and highly oxidizable industrialized seed/vegetable oils such as corn oil, sunflower seed oil, canola oil, etc. and we believe that we are making a difference. More people are starting to cook with REAL oil again for the first time in two generations, you know, back before heart disease and diabetes were epidemic and before…whoops, we got a bit off track there. Sometime we get a little carried away when we talk about traditional fat, especially when our supporters know and care enough to ask the right questions. Are your Products “Organic”? No. Please read on! When it comes to say, an apple, we understand that having an organic certification is a great way to quickly know if a product meets a certain level of quality. However, we think the USDA falls short on their overall standards for certain organic certification. They believe for example that a bird raised in a cage can somehow be living an “organic” life. We do not agree. What we DO believe is in our farmers. We search for farmers who have standards that we believe exceed the USDA in every way. The animals we use are Pasture-Raised, Hormone-Free, Antibiotic-Free, Chemical-Free, and receive no GMO feed. So even though we don’t called our products “organic fat”, if you know much about duck and pig farming you will know that Fatworks products are FAR, FAR beyond the standard. Please note that we are not trying to disparage true organic farmers in any way. There are some small, and even some large companies who are organic and deserve your full support, however those companies are quickly becoming the minority. In fact, it is becoming clear that organic labeling no longer represents the small farms that it was designed to promote and instead has become, for the most part, a marketing tool for “Big Food” and “Big Agriculture”. As this eye opening article shows, major corporations, and not small organic farmers, have come to dominate the boards that sets the organic standards. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/08/business/organic-food-purists-worry-about-big-companies-influence.html?_r=1& Sorry for the rant but hopefully you get the picture. What is the shelf life of my Tallow, Duck Fat or Leaf Lard? Can I reuse them? Where do I store my premium fats? Congratulations you found our most popular question. Pasture Raised Duck Fat: Keep in Refrigerator. Pastured Raised Duck Fat will last about 4-6 months (but it rarely stays around that long.) Pasture Raised Leaf Lard: Keep in Refrigerator. Lard will last 12-18 months in the fridge. Grass Fed Beef Tallow: Keep in Pantry. You can keep in the fridge but it will turn rock hard and then you will need to give it a hot water bath (or microwave it if you are into that sort of thing) to make it “spoonable.” It’s shelf stable for years. You can freeze your fat for an even longer shelf life, years in fact. How do I filter my fat for multiple uses and can I use the same procedure for the Tallow, Leaf Lard and Duck Fat? All of our fats can be filtered several times. If you fried your food and wish to reuse your fat you should follow these procedures: -Make sure that the oil is hot enough so that the fat is liquid but cool enough that it will not burn you. -Find a clean jar (glass is best) and strain the fat though a cheesecloth or, if you have a bit more time and patience, use a paper coffee filter. Remember, there is no exact number of times we can recommend you reuse your oil. There are simply too many variables, so use your good Fatworker judgment. A few factors which can help determine the reusability of your oils are: 1. Heat of oil. The hotter you heat your oil the less times you will be able to reuse. 2. The amount of time you are using oil. The longer you use your oil the less uses you will get. 3. What you are cooking is very important. For example, frying plain vegetables will keep the oil much cleaner than if you fry foods that are heavily coated in batter or flour. Check your oil before you reuse. If there is an unusual smell or color, dispose. Dang! The jar lid is totally stuck, what can I do? Those healthy fats giving you a healthy forearm workout? Means you probably got a bit of fat in the threads of your jar. Running the lid and jar under hot water for a minute should do the trick. You can also purchase one of our Fatworks jar grips. After all there’s a reason we make them. How do you dispose of used fat? Restaurants recycle theirs so you can too. It can be cleaned and used for production of biodiesel fuel. Many municipalities will now accept cooking oil for this recycling purpose. You may even be able to find a friendly restaurant that will accept your used fat and include it with their oil recycling. If circumstances make recycling difficult for you then put it in a sealed non-recyclable container and throw it in the trash (not-recommended). Where does your product originate? From farms that we know and trust to do it right! We then render and filter all of our products in Oregon and/or Colorado. As an aside, we love the idea of sourcing locally but we love making the best fat possible more. At times these two noble ideals conflict. When they do, making the best quality fat products always trumps sourcing locally. Can I feed it to my pet? Only if you love them. Dogs and cats adore Grass Fed Tallow, Pastured Duck Fat and Pastured Leaf Lard. It’s natural that they would. It’s well known that cats and dogs in the wild always go for the fatty bits first. Here’s what we recommend you do. Cut back a bit on your pet’s food, (which is hopefully grain free) add a tablespoon or two of Fatworks’ Grass Fed Tallow to the mix and you’ll have a very happy friend. We have a customer who wrote us to say, “I've mixed Tallow into our cat’s food and her coat went from being dull to shiny and jet black (like a shampoo commercial!)” If you have a pet story of your own please let us know. How long will it take to get an order? Please go to our online store at www.fatworksfoods.com and select the product you are interested in purchasing. In the description of the product it will let you know the approximate shipping times. We will usually ship within a few days of receiving your order. Do you sell in stores? We hope to begin selling in retail stores in 2014. Currently we are direct sale here. If you wish to see us in a store near you, please bug your local retailer and please ask them to contact us! How do I contact you for wholesale opportunities? You go here and we will contact you right away. We are always interested in exploring relationships with Natural and Gourmet Markets, High Quality Restaurants, Co-ops, and X-Fit gyms. Any organization or person who understands the value of traditional healthy fats is someone we want to meet! I have a restaurant, co-op, CSA, fitness gym, etc. and I want to buy your fat, what do I need to do? Send us an email with the subject headings, “I’m a Fatworker too!” Or, if you would prefer to send us an email without a cheesy subject heading, that’s perfectly ok too. Either way the email address is email@example.com What is local pick-up? That’s where you come to our warehouse and pick up your order. We sell fat “bricks” but we don’t have a brick and mortar store. We do however offer local pickup from our warehouse. If you are in the Portland, Oregon area and wish to save on shipping just select “Pick Up From Store” when selecting the shipping option from the online store at www.fatworksfoods.com I purchased your product pre-order, what does this mean and when will I get my order? On some of our products we are slightly backordered. We don’t want to say sold out because we are constantly rendering new batches, however if you order something on a pre-order you will have to wait 2-4 weeks. We generally run our pre-orders as a sale to help ease to pain of waiting. Do you ship outside of the US? If you will pay for the shipping we will try and ship it to you. We have had great success shipping to our Fatworkers in Canada, but we must be honest, shipping is not cheap. It’s best to get some friends together and purchase in bulk. Just contact us and we can try to make some special arrangements because we’re cool like that. (Anything to spread the fat!) Please note that some countries (Australia) will not allow U.S. beef products of any type. Where do we sell our fats? Currently we are selling our pure premium products at fatworksfoods.com and through a variety of co-ops. Do you have an affiliate program? Yes. We call it our “Affila-fat” program. (Actually we don’t call it that and don’t expect you to either.) Affiliate programs are a wonderful way to get the word out. We believe that food and health bloggers are the single most important resource for spreading the word about traditional fat. Just contact us and we can set something up. I have a blog or company and would like to do a giveaway. Would you be interested? Teaming up with bloggers for giveaways and promotions is one of our favorite things to do. It’s what makes us grass roots (that and the fact the cows we use to make our tallow are grass fed.) We would be very interested in doing something with you provided we love what you are doing. Let us know what you have in mind. We will not do promotions with everyone, only the people we believe in, however we have found that most people who care enough about food and nutrition to have their own blog and want to promote natural, healthy fat are pretty awesome Fatworkers. I have a recipe to share, how do I do it? Understanding the benefits of using traditional fat is one thing, it’s quite another to know how to cook with them. That’s why we are working on an ambitious project to create a library of recipes exclusively dedicated to traditional fat. We were working with bloggers, chefs and most importantly Fatworkers. If you have a recipe that you would like to share please contact us and we will send you instructions about where to send your pictures and the text. After all, to help spread the deliciousness people need to know how!