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Old 01-02-2008, 09:30 AM   #1
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Lard: What is it good for?

So my step-dad and his brothers just butchered a pig over the weekend, and he just called me to tell me he has a big tub of lard for me if I want it.

What all is lard good for?

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Old 01-02-2008, 09:47 AM   #2
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The flakiest pie crusts.
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google for recipes that use lard

biscuits, are the best made with lard

chocolate chip cookies, sugar cookies, infasciadedde, an incredible cookie

corn bread

keep it refrigerated and it will last for years!
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google for recipes that use lard

biscuits, are the best made with lard

chocolate chip cookies, sugar cookies, infasciadedde, an incredible cookie

corn bread

keep it refrigerated and it will last for years!
Does it really last long in the fridge? I was about to ask if I should plan on freezing it or not.
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You can freeze it.
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i received about 25 pounds of freshly rendered lard almost three years ago, and I put some in the freezer and the rest in the fridge. I could not keep it in the freezer for very long, I needed the space for meat. But I have kept several half gallon canning jars of it in the refrigerator and it is doing just fine. I asked on another forum about keeping it in the fridge and I got responses that it can be kept for many years that way.
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The flakiest pie crusts.
Should I replace all fat in the recipe (butter and shortening) with the lard? Or just some of it?
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It's optional. You certainly can make crusts using all lard. You can also use part lard and part real butter.
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it's used in making tamales and refried beans too.
So the filtered (thru a coffee filter) bacon drippings I have in the fridge should last years?
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When I was a kid, a 100 or so years ago, we killed two hogs every Fall. Everything we ate was fried in lard. Potatotes, eggs, etc. Mom used lard in biscuits and pie crusts. If you grew up poor, you know what a lard sandwich is. Lard smeared on cold biscuit! In Germany, they carmelize onions and put it in lard, also for a spread. Also done with goose grease.
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