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Old 06-04-2008, 03:04 PM   #41
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How do I tell if the lard I buy here is hydrogenated? (I suspect it isn't.) The label says "manteca de cerdo" (fat from pork) "100% pura". It costs 8 pesos (about 80 cents) for a half kilo (1.1 pounds). There are two grades available - one is a little darker and has some tiny brown flecks in it, so it must be less rendered. I use it for flour tortillas and pastry crusts -it is wonderful stuff.

Karen, your lard is not hydrogenated. It's 100% lard - pork fat.

Some US lard is a combination of lard and shortening (hydrogenated oil).
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Old 06-04-2008, 04:11 PM   #42
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Ahhhh. Thanks, Andy. Good stuff, eh?
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Old 06-04-2008, 04:49 PM   #43
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You are getting the real deal. Do you use the purer/whiter lard? I suspect that would be better for pie/pastry crusts. Or do you just use it for tortillas?
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Old 06-04-2008, 06:56 PM   #44
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The only lard I've used is the purer, whiter version for pie crust and for tortillas. I suppose I could use it for many other purposes as well, but I haven't (yet). Diana Kennedy (Mexican cooking guru- you probably are familiar with her) says to use the darker one for tortillas - it is the second rendering and has tiny bits of fried pork in it. Of course, SHE renders her own lard - I don't think I would ever go that far when the really good stuff is available and cheap. My grandmother used to use lard for frying everything. It came in pretty gold-colored metal buckets that we would then use for picking berries.
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Old 01-16-2011, 10:24 PM   #45
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I use olive oil for everything-- even frying. That's just how it's done here. In Spanish homes, everything is cooked in EVOO almost without exception. It does get a little smokey, but I love the flavor of foods (especially potato chips) fried in olive oil.

I have a great recipe for wings that come out super crisp and delicious. You just marinate them awhile in a mixture of oil, soy sauce, hot sauce, and other things, then bake them for in a hot oven. They're better than fried!
Just so some of you know, burning oil, (or nearly anything else for that matter) causes the food to turn into a carcinogen (i.e. it causes cancer). So, using a low smoking point oil like EVOO over a long period of time will make your family very ill. Please do not follow what this person has said about using EVOO for cooking...it is to be used on non cooking foods only:
Smoke Points of Various Fats - Kitchen Notes - Cooking For Engineers

That reference is a discussion talking about free radicals and how once a cooking oil has started to smoke it will cause cancer.

Good luck to all of those here, and please don't die from your food :/
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Old 01-17-2011, 06:54 PM   #46
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Olive oil I think is the best one and healthiest one but, it is really expensive. So, if you're aware of your health and budget. Canola is the good way to use. :)
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Old 01-17-2011, 10:46 PM   #47
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Using olive oil will be too expensive for making chips. Baking the wings will be easy and tasty too. Canola oil for chips will be more economical besides it is vegetable extracts and should be healthy.
You seem to be confusing canola oil and vegetable oil- not the same thing. Canola oil is actually made from rapeseed. But you are right that canola oil is one of the healthier ones.
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Old 01-17-2011, 10:57 PM   #48
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Olive oil I think is the best one and healthiest one but, it is really expensive. So, if you're aware of your health and budget. Canola is the good way to use. :)
I believe we can settle and close this thread by referencing the following articles (instead of spouting opinions with no references...):

Edible oil smoking points:
Cooking Oil Smoke Points
Healthiest edible oils:
Which cooking oil is the best?
Which is the Best Cooking Oil for Health? Top 5 Healthiest Cooking Oil
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discussing what we think about a given subject is part of what this site is about. everyone understands that it the poster's opinion,unless references are posted. thanks .
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I believe we can settle and close this thread by referencing the following articles (instead of spouting opinions with no references...):

Edible oil smoking points:
Cooking Oil Smoke Points
Healthiest edible oils:
Which cooking oil is the best?
Which is the Best Cooking Oil for Health? Top 5 Healthiest Cooking Oil
Quoted from your link:
Fat Smoke Point Smoke Point

High quality (low acidity)
extra virgin olive oil


405F


207C

Sesame oil

410F

210C

Cottonseed oil

420F

216C

Grapeseed oil

420F

216C

Virgin olive oil

420F

216C
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