Rendering Lard

bag of lardSince we had two hogs butchered I decided to try rendering lard.  I got this idea from a nurse at work.  Tom thinks I am going “Little House on the Prairie” on him.   So I asked Tom to ask the butcher to save 15# of lard for me.  There was a miscommunication somewhere, and I ended up with 4 large bags of lard.  Above is 1/4 of the lard I received.  So yesterday I tried a crock pot rendering recipe.  It is at http://robbwolf.com/  Here are the crackpots (one vintage and one new) full of cut up lard:

crocks of lardHere is the quarts of lard after they have cooled:

lard in jarsAnd here are the leftover cracklings:

cracklingsI was nauseated through this process and not interested in trying the cracklings.  So they are going to be dog treats.  The crock pot method made a big mess to clean up, so today I tried using an oven method.  It is at http://www.foodnetwork.com/  Here is the pan full of cut up lard in the oven:

lard in ovenAnd here is the quarts of lard from this method:

more jars of lardI seemed to get less lard, but it is better quality.  And there was less mess.  I was nauseated during this process too, so I think I am done rendering lard (plus I tried to burn my face).  Tom says he will throw out the rest before a tragedy happens.

I always thought old recipes with lard were weird, especially the pie crust ones.  But now I have come to realize that shortening is probably worse and supposedly well rendered lard does not taste piggy.  Once I recover completely from the rendering experience, I will try cooking with it and decide for myself.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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9 Responses to Rendering Lard

  1. mcfwriter says:

    I’m so impressed, Donna! I’d have been nauseated too, but just as determined to use everything– to honor the pigs if nothing else! I hope it’s something you will find useful after you recover from the processing. 🙂 Lucky dog with their crackling treats!

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    • Donna says:

      Thanks Maureen! I am trying to use everything. Hate to see a good pig go to waste. And I hope I find use for all this lard. So far I have 7 quarts of the stuff. That was a lot of work if I don’t like it. Now I have to figure out what to do with the remaining 2 bags of lard.

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  2. mcfwriter says:

    (dogs, not dog)

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  3. Elin says:

    Might try making soap out of the lard.

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  4. Hang onion (mesh) bags of the pig fat from trees for the birds? Suet! Up high– dogs like to jump for it…
    I’m enjoying your stories today. I haven’t been reading blogs for some time. BTW, piecrust from lard acts a little differently from shortening crusts– keep it cold or it’s much floppier to work with. Best to you in your adventures.

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