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Old 12-22-2008, 02:04 AM   #1
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I made homemade lard!!

Hey guys,

I took my first shot at rendering leaf lard and man it is awesome - I rendered 3 lbs of leaf lard from a company out here called Thundering Hooves and I got a full quart from it.

I already used some of the fat when cooking a turkey breast tonight - I put it over and around the sweet tates in the pan and man oh man was it delish..

I am also going to try my hand at doing some pastries and pie crusts, but anyone have other ideas?

Tara

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Old 12-22-2008, 02:54 AM   #2
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Very nice, congratulations! I cook with regular lard fairly often, but haven't had a chance to try leaf lard yet. I've heard it's the best. So what are the differences so far? Is it better flavor? Does it behave differently when cooking with it (higher smoke point perhaps?)?

The first ideas I think of besides the stuff you mentioned are biscuits and tortillas. I'd also want to try it out in some bread.
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Old 12-28-2008, 06:06 PM   #3
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Try it for baking pies!

You will love the flaky pastry you can make!
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Old 12-29-2008, 12:17 PM   #4
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I buy 50 lbs of lard at a time from Columbus Foods in Chicago. I use it to make homemade soap. I haven't been able to find a place to buy leaf lard cheaper than having it already processed for around 50 cents a lb plus shipping. Even my local butcher's charge more per pound.
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