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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Sunday Morning Shopping

Sunday Morning Shopping


A few weeks ago I posted Sunday Morning Shopping making it very clear that I may not be out shopping on Sunday ever again (or at least not every week). This is a reader driven post having little to do with me – except I may run out to get whatever good deals you all post in comments. 😛

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I had no plans to shop this morning until my email delivered a $6/$30+ beauty coupon from CVS. That expired on the 10th, so I decided I would check out the ad and see if there was anything worthwhile to combine with the coupon. Well, after seeing the Softsoap bodywash, I decided the ad had possibilities and I just might go out. Then, Tops issued a $5/$35 coupon and Hubby started whining about rice pudding and I knew I was going to shop today.

So, I printed off 178 coupons.com coupons (yup, 178) and off to the store I went!

Highlights of my Sunday Morning Shopping Trip include:

CVS Order

(4) Softsoap $3.50
(3) Russell Stover Chocolate Bunnies 99¢ (50% off)
(2) Mitchum $1.99
(2) Almay Eyeliner B1G1 50% off ($8.79, $4.39)
= $34.13
– $6/$30 CVS coupon
= $28.13
– (4) $1 softsoap coupons
– (2) $1 mitchum coupons
– (1) $5 Almay $5/2 coupon
= $17.13
– $2 CVS almay coupon
= $15.13
– $2 ECB from my quarterlies
= $13.13 and I received $6 ECB

I scanned both mine and Hubby’s CVS cards at the Kiosk. I got the stuff listed in the ad and not much else, but this is what he received (on 4 scans!!)

• Almay Cosmetic $2 expires 4/14/13
• Dixie PerfecTouch Cups B1G1 (value to $4.99 – these were $5.49 at my store, and they only had one on the shelf)
• Gold Bond Lotion or Cream $1 expires 4/14/13
• Got2B Hair Care (excludes trial size) $1 expires 4/14/13
• M&M Sharing Size, Snickers 2 to go or Twix 4 to go 75¢/2 expires 4/14/13
• Maybelline Cosmetic $1 expires 4/14/13
• Xtra Laundry Detergent $1

• Allergy Relief $5/$25 expires 4/21/13
• Cosmetics $2/$10 expires 4/21/13
• Deodorant $2/$8 expires 4/21/13
• Facial Skincare $6/$30 expires 4/21/13
• Greeting Card $2/$6 expires 4/21/13
• Pain Relievers or Sleep Aid (50c+) $5/2 expires 4/21/13
• Shampoo or Conditioner $2/$8 expires 4/21/13
• Vitamins $5/$25 expires 4/21/13
• 5 hour or sk energy shots $1.50/$5 expires 4/21/13

After that, Hubby and I went over to Walgreens where they had 75% off Easter candy!

Walgreens Order

(2) M&MS 99¢
(2) Reese’s Big Bag Peanut Butter Eggs $1.74
(2) Peeps 44¢
(2) Cadbury Mini Eggs 44¢
(7) Russell Stover Bunnies 49¢
(2) Russell Stover Peanut Butter Eggs 12¢
(2) Cadbury Eggs 18¢
(2) Lindt Eggs 82¢
= $12.89

Hubby was most unhappy when he realized he paid 99¢ for chocolate at CVS that was 49¢ at Walgreens. He wanted to return the others to CVS, but instead I convinced him to buy the remaining ones at Walgreens.

Our final stop was Tops.

The only thing special about the Tops order was Hubby cruised the meat aisle and came away with 1# packs of ground chicken and 1# packs of bacon for $2.10. Most everything else was “Hubby stuff” including chip dip, cookies and rice pudding. Total before coupons and bonus card was $75.98, total after was $38.98 (no tax on this order).

So, all in all it was a good shop. Lots of snacks for Hubby. 🙂

How was your shopping this week? Did you go Sunday Morning Shopping? Did you find any great deals? Anything we should all run out for? Detail folks, details!


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