Those of you who were lucky enough to harvest deer last season may have plenty of meat in your freezer, but have you ever given a thought to what you’ll be doing with all that excess deer fat? Generally, venison is already a very lean meat, but there is still plenty of fat around if you’re willing to put in some time and effort to cutting it out. If you’re like most hunters, then you probably already trim fat off as much as possible since, well, deer fat doesn’t usually taste good. It’s greasy, thick, will coat your mouth and is just generally unpleasant. This of course varies from deer to deer and from hunter to hunter. Some people love the stuff.

However, even if you don’t, you probably don’t want it to go to waste. There are plenty of ways to make use of deer fat, and Reddit user Gullex shared three methods to turn that smelly lard into something you can use: soap, candles, and salve. You can even gift it if you want.

With the proper ingredients and recipe, deer fat soap isn’t something we would mind trying out. It might even make you smell a bit more… amiable next time deer season rolls around.

Thankfully, this hunter also documented his process in pictures. He didn’t give out the recipe behind the soap, candle, and salve, but we’ll just assume that it’s a family secret. Besides recipes for these can be easily found online, and tastes differ from person to person anyhow.

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