Bear Grease (SHIPS TO CANADA ONLY)
THIS ITEM CANNOT BE SHIPPED OUTSIDE OF CANADA
ABOUT OUR BEAR GREASE: Our Bear Grease is collected from Black Bears, the majority of which have been hunted by and traditionally respected from start to end by Indigenous land managers. Others have been donated by local non-Indigenous hunters. Our Bear Grease is 100% pure and very high quality. It is cleanly rendered in such a way as to eliminate almost all impurities as well as smoky, greasy smells that could result from rendering fat over an open fire. It contains no preservatives or any other additives and must be stored in a fridge or freezer.
PREPARATIONS: To use, take a small amount in your hands and apply as needed. Product is available in 2 oz, and 4 oz jars.
If there is a skin reaction (rash, redness, etc.) avoid contact. Consult a doctor if there is a serious reaction. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
OVERVIEW: Bear grease has been used by Indigenous People for thousands of years in a variety of ways. Drum makers use Bear grease to feed and moisturize the hide of the drum to keep it supple. Bear Grease has also been used to treat skin ailments (rashes, sun burns, etc.), ligament problems, (arthritis, tendonitis, sprains etc.) and as a hair conditioner/treatment to strength and repair damaged and thinning hair.
This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. For educational purposes only.
We are not entire sure how long Bear grease actually lasts, but some say it will last a year or more in the fridge, and that it will last several weeks or more if left out of the fridge. As for the freezer, I happen to know for a fact that it will last at least 18 years in the freezer. One of my Elder herbal teachers passed away three and a half years ago. Several months ago her husband contacted me because he had finally reached the bottom of their big freezer and he had discovered several mason jars filled with rendered Bear fat with a date label of 2001 on them. He gave them to me and I in turn donated them to a couple of traditional Algonquin Elders who had been looking for Bear grease for their sweat lodge ceremonies. They were thrilled to receive it and, after using it for several months I checked in on them again and they said it was just fine. So there you go!
The easiest way to tell if it's starting to go off is by the smell. Depending on the way it was rendered, fresh Bear fat may already have a slightly smoky, fried smell to almost no scent at all. We use very fresh (or fresh to freezer to pot) fat and render it in a slow cooker on very low for many hours to avoid that fried smell, and we double filter it to remove any bits and pieces of grissel or flesh. We've had several compliments that ours is among the highest quality Bear fat available.