How To Render Fat To Make Lard

How To Render Fat To Make Lard. Ever wondered how to render fat to make lard? Hubby renders the fat every time we purchase a pig. We use some of the lard and he gives away some of the lard.  It is beautifully white, and really makes  a very nice pastry crust. Learn how to render fat to make lard with these step by step instructions.




Ever wondered how to render fat to make lard? Hubby renders the fat every time we purchase a pig. We use some of the lard and he gives away some of the lard. It is beautifully white, and really makes a very nice pastry crust. Learn how to render fat to make lard with these step by step instructions.

How To Render Fat To Make Lard. Ever wondered how to render fat to make lard? Hubby renders the fat every time we purchase a pig. We use some of the lard and he gives away some of the lard.  It is beautifully white, and really makes  a very nice pastry crust. Learn how to render fat to make lard with these step by step instructions.


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How To Render Fat To Make Lard


• This is the fat from the pig we purchased. Hubby makes lard with every pig we purchase – and we purchase yearly. Here are my tips for buying a cow, pig, goat, etc straight from the farmer.

How To Render Fat To Make Lard


• You will need a pot or Dutch oven.
• Pre-heat oven to 250º regular oven 225º convection oven.

How To Render Fat To Make Lard


• Place 5+ pounds of ground pig fat into a covered oven-safe dutch oven.
• Bake at 250º regular oven 225º convection oven, stirring occasionally for about an hour or so. Most of the solid should have turned to liquid by then. Be careful that the ground fat doesn’t turn brown in color.
• Ladle out the liquid and strain through coffee filters layered in a metal strainer.
• Put any strained solids back into the dutch oven.

How To Render Fat To Make Lard


• Let the lard cool to about 100 degrees, and portion them into plastic soup containers or silicone bakeware.

How To Render Fat To Make Lard


• Put in freezer until completely cool and solidified.
• Leave headspace, as the lard will expand in volume as it cools.

How To Render Fat To Make Lard


• Turn out onto a cutting board and slice into usable pieces.

How To Render Fat To Make Lard


• Wrap for freezing.
• This is Freeze-tite so when foodsavered and frozen, one piece can be removed from the pack and the pack can just be re-sealed.

How To Render Fat To Make Lard


• This is what I call “white lard” and is good for baking.
Foodsaver for freezing.

• For the remaining ground pig fat in the pot, turn up the heat to 325/350 degrees, and stir more frequently than before. Eventually, the ground pig fat will release all of its liquid lard, and the remaining solids will sink to the bottom of the pot. These solids are called chicharrones in Spanish (or cracklins down south).

• Take the cracklins and spread them out in a baking pan and bake them for another 10 to 15 minutes to make sure they get crispy. Use these like bacon bits. Keep them refrigerated or frozen. Microwave them for 30 seconds to crisp them up (cover them in case they splatter).

• Pour everything into a coffee filter strainer. The liquid will be a light amber color. This is what I call “dark lard”. It will have a roasted pork flavor to it, so it should only be used for savory dishes, not baking.


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Ham Casserole Recipe

Ham Casserole Recipe. Got leftover ham? This is a delicious, easy to make leftover ham casserole recipe! This homemade ham casserole freezes very well too. If you have leftover ham, try this simple to make ham casserole for dinner tonight!


Got leftover ham? This is a delicious, easy to make leftover ham casserole recipe! This homemade ham casserole freezes very well too. If you have leftover ham, try this simple to make ham casserole for dinner tonight!

Easy Leftover Ham Casserole Recipe

I make this recipe every single time we have leftover ham. I make one to eat, and at least one to freeze. Recently I have begun to double the recipe, add an extra cream of mushroom soup, and then freeze in smaller containers (I will divide a double recipe into three containers). It is just Hubby and me. I could probably do four containers, but I am worried about burning the top.

In any event, it freezes very well. You do not bake before freezing. If you want to put the breadcrumbs on and then freeze you can (I usually do), or if you put them on before cooking when removed from the freezer, that is fine too. Why do I freeze with breadcrumbs on? I do not defrost. I simply pop it in a preheated oven and allow it to cook through until hot and bubbly.

This is truly easy to make and comes together quickly. The “hardest” part is dicing up the ham (that is what Hubby is for!!) and remembering to cook some rice ahead of time (another good use of a leftover).

You can use sticky rice if you like, but if you do the casserole is going to end up, hmmm … sticky. (I love sticky rice!)

Ham Casserole Recipe. Got leftover ham? This is a delicious, easy to make leftover ham casserole recipe! This homemade ham casserole freezes very well too. If you have leftover ham, try this simple to make ham casserole for dinner tonight!


Ham Casserole Recipe Ingredients:

• 2 cups Rice, cooked
• 2 cups Cooked Ham, diced
• 16oz Frozen Peas
• 1 cup Milk
• 10.75 oz Cream of Mushroom Soup (1 small can, the 98% fat-free works fine)
• 2 cups Sharp Cheddar Cheese, shredded
• ¼ cup Bread Crumbs

Ham Casserole Recipe Mise en Place:

Measuring Cups
• Spoon
Spatula
• Non-stick Spray
2 QT Casserole Dish

Ham Casserole Recipe. Got leftover ham? This is a delicious, easy to make leftover ham casserole recipe! This homemade ham casserole freezes very well too. If you have leftover ham, try this simple to make ham casserole for dinner tonight!


Ham Casserole Recipe Directions:

• Preheat oven to 350º
• Spray 2-quart casserole dish with non-stick cooking spray
• Layer rice, ham, and peas (note, it reduce cooking time, microwave frozen peas for 2 minutes)

Ham Casserole Recipe. Got leftover ham? This is a delicious, easy to make leftover ham casserole recipe! This homemade ham casserole freezes very well too. If you have leftover ham, try this simple to make ham casserole for dinner tonight!


Ham Casserole Recipe. Got leftover ham? This is a delicious, easy to make leftover ham casserole recipe! This homemade ham casserole freezes very well too. If you have leftover ham, try this simple to make ham casserole for dinner tonight!


• Mix cream of mushroom soup, cheese, and milk together. Pour over the layered rice, ham, and peas.

Ham Casserole Recipe. Got leftover ham? This is a delicious, easy to make leftover ham casserole recipe! This homemade ham casserole freezes very well too. If you have leftover ham, try this simple to make ham casserole for dinner tonight!


• Sprinkle with bread crumbs to top.

Ham Casserole Recipe. Got leftover ham? This is a delicious, easy to make leftover ham casserole recipe! This homemade ham casserole freezes very well too. If you have leftover ham, try this simple to make ham casserole for dinner tonight!


• Bake for 45 minutes, or until hot and bubbly. If you microwaved the peas before combining, this should be done in 40 minutes.


Ham Casserole Recipe

Got leftover ham? This is a delicious, easy to make leftover ham casserole recipe! This homemade ham casserole freezes very well too. If you have leftover ham, try this simple to make ham casserole for dinner tonight!

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 Hour

Ingredients:

2 cups Rice, cooked
2 cups Cooked Ham, diced
16oz Frozen Peas
1 cup Milk
10.75 oz Cream of Mushroom Soup (1 small can, the 98% fat free works fine)
2 cups Sharp Cheddar Cheese, shredded
¼ cup Bread Crumbs

Directions:

• Preheat oven to 350º
• Spray 2-quart casserole dish with non-stick cooking spray
• Layer rice, ham, and peas (note, it reduce cooking time, microwave frozen peas for 2 minutes)
• Mix cream of mushroom soup, cheese, and milk together. Pour over the layered rice, ham, and peas.
• Sprinkle with bread crumbs to top.
• Bake for 45 minutes, or until hot and bubbly. If you microwaved the peas before combining, this should be done in 40 minutes.

Makes 6 servings Ham Casserole

Ham Casserole Recipe. Got leftover ham? This is a delicious, easy to make leftover ham casserole recipe! This homemade ham casserole freezes very well too. If you have leftover ham, try this simple to make ham casserole for dinner tonight!


• To print the Ham Casserole Recipe, Ham Casserole click here.

Ham Casserole Recipe. Got leftover ham? This is a delicious, easy to make leftover ham casserole recipe! This homemade ham casserole freezes very well too. If you have leftover ham, try this simple to make ham casserole for dinner tonight!


If you would like other leftover ham recipes, you might want to try:

Cuban Ham Sandwich Recipe – An easy, quick and simple variation of the traditional Cuban Ham Sandwich Recipe. This is a great use of leftover ham.

Ham and Cheese Stromboli Recipe – This delicious, easy to make, ham and cheese Stromboli is a great lunch, dinner, or party food. This can be cut into sandwich size portions for a few people, or cut into inch slices as a party food to help feed a crowd.

Ham Casserole Recipe – Use up your ham leftovers to make this easy quiche recipe! Broccoli, ham, cheese, and mushrooms combine for an easy to make this flavorful, delicious and satisfying Broccoli and Ham Quiche. Breakfast, lunch or dinner, this versatile quiche dish is sure to please your entire family.

Ham Salad Recipe – Leftover Ham? This easy to make ham salad recipe is perfect for sandwiches, on a bed of lettuce or on crackers. As hors-d’oeuvres or meal, this ham salad is sure to please.


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Homemade Vanilla Pudding

Homemade Vanilla Pudding


Ever run out of vanilla pudding mix? Concerned about the ingredients in pre-made vanilla pudding? Here is an easy recipe to make homemade vanilla pudding!



Homemade Vanilla Pudding

Ingredients

4 cups milk, divided
1 cup white sugar
6 TBSP cornstarch
1/4 tsp salt
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 TBSP butter

Directions

• In a pot on the stove heat 3 cups milk until the edges bubble
• Combine the salt and sugar in a separate bowl
• In a bowl (I actually use a plastic drinking cup), stir in 6 TBSP of corn starch into 1 cup milk, beat until smooth
• Add corn starched-milk slowly to heated milk, stirring constantly
• Add sugar and salt mixture to heated milk, stirring constantly
• Allow milk mixture to become hot and thick, but do not allow to boil. (look for the mixture to attach itself to your metal whisk)
• Remove from heat
• Add butter, stir until melted
• Add vanilla, stir
• Pour into serving dishes
• Chill before serving

This recipe originally appeared on Coupons, Deals and More back in 2011.


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