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Old 12-16-2011, 11:42 AM   #11
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If you can find suet (made from beef), that will work also.

Suet is unrendered, no? That might leave an unpleasant taste.

I'd suggest vegetable shortening, margerine or butter
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Old 12-16-2011, 11:49 AM   #12
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Alix, Lard is rendered pork fat. It can come from any part of the pig, though "leaf lard" is the best, and comes from the rendered fat surrounding the kidneys.

Rendered beef fat is called Tallow. It's made from suet, which is the fat surrounding the kidneys of a cow.

So, tallow and lard come from the same part of the anatomy, just different animals.

And you're right - non-hydrogenated is by far the best way to go.
Thanks Steve, I could've sworn my box said "beef lard". I'll go take a peek.
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Jennyema, if it's fresh, neither lard, suet, or tallow have much of a taste at all.

People have used it for thousands of years to make pastry. It's only in the last hundred years that animal fat has gotten a bad rap. And recent studies have shown that much of it is undeserved. Rendered animal fat has less saturated fat than butter, and much less trans fat than hydrogenated vegetable shortening or margarine.
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Old 12-16-2011, 11:56 AM   #14
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Thanks Steve, I could've sworn my box said "beef lard". I'll go take a peek.
"Beef lard" might very well be a Canadian thing.
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Old 12-16-2011, 11:58 AM   #15
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Well I know Tenderflake is. Canadians do weird stuff dontcha know!
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Perhaps, but some of my best friends are weird Canadians (who I'm sure find me a little weird, too).
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Wow, I never knew suet had any use other than bird food lol
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Wow, I never knew suet had any use other than bird food lol

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Perhaps, but some of my best friends are weird Canadians (who I'm sure find me a little weird, too).
My best friend lives in St Cloud Steve. You MNans are just as nuts as we Canadians.
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Wow, I never knew suet had any use other than bird food lol
My grandma's Christmas pudding recipe used suet. My dad "dumpster dives" behind the locker plant for suet for the birds. For cooking, he buys it at the grocery store.
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