Lard is a healthy, traditional fat from pigs that can be used to greatly enhance the flavor and nutrition of your home cooking and baking. Contrary to popular belief, lard does not make you fat. Perhaps the fact that lard is traditionally used for making pie crusts and eating too much pie will indeed make you fat is where the negative connotation comes from.
The most nutritious and best quality lard is leaf lard, which is the fat around a pig’s kidneys.
It is best to render your own lard once you have located a quality, pastured pig farmer in your local area. Lard contains high amounts of vitamin D when the pigs are allowed to be outside in the sunlight. Locating a pastured pig farmer, then, is of primary importance to make sure the lard your render is of high nutritional quality.
Paula Jager, CSCS who does a regular fitness guest blog for The Healthy Home Economist, shows us how to
render lard in this week’s video class. Please note that one pound of leaf lard will render approximately 1 pint of lard.
Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist