Post by community member: Suzanne McMinn
A few weeks ago, I got this pig fat from our butcher.
I know. Isn’t it beautiful?!
The pig fat was free. Here is a sometimes little known fact. You can get lard for free, as long as you’re willing to make it. You don’t even need a pig! Which, WOW, makes it so much easier!
We have a pig, but he is still a part of this earthly realm and will be for awhile yet, so when I wanted to do a lard-making demonstration for the CITR Party on the Farm, I called the butcher and said, “I need some pig fat.”
Most people these days don’t make their own lard. They just want the meat, baby. Not that fat stuff. The butcher has to dispose of it. You’re a helper! Be a helper! Butchers love it when people call and say, “Can I take some pig fat off your hands?”
I asked the butcher how much he’d charge me for some pig fat.
He said, “A smile.”
See? Butchers, they’re nice people, too!
That’s some good pie crust makin’s, I’m tellin’ ya!
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