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Rendering Lard
September 24, 2012
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ibpallets (Sharon B.)
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I just ordered 40 lbs of leaf pork fat from my local butcher (I love living in the country)  I am going to render my own lard for soap making.  It will be ready for pickup on Friday.

 

I'll take pictures as I do this.  It doesn't look hard and I have my double burner Camp Chef outside, so it won't stink up the house.  I'm looking forward to learning something new this weekend.

 

Has anyone else done this here?  Any tips???

 

Sharon B., VA

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September 24, 2012
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I've done it a crockpot on the front porch.  I forget how long it took but it turned out fine.

September 24, 2012
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Quite a few folks around here have done it.  We've actually had several discussions about it, but you might want to start reading here: http://chickensintheroad.com/forum/the-farmhouse-table/how-to-render-lard/

Or read Suzanne's blog entry here: http://chickensintheroad.com/farm-bell-recipes/making-lard/ 

and here: http://chickensintheroad.com/farm-bell-recipes/how-to-render-lard/

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September 24, 2012
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ibpallets (Sharon B.)
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Pete, Thank you so much for the links!  They are truly helpful!

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September 24, 2012
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If you don't keep out some of that lard for some VERY good cooking, I am not sure that I will claim you!  It is soooo good, and soooo healthy.

And I hope that you got a VERY good deal on the leaf fat.  When available around here, it it horridly expensive.  I would not even consider using it for making soap, since it is absolutely the best there is for baking.

But, it's yours, and you may do with it what you will!  (As IF you need my permission!  I hope that my teasing tone is coming through here!!)

Have fun with it.  There are so many ways to render it.  I have a couple of cast iron Dutch ovens that are waiting for the lard making extravaganza one of these days.

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September 24, 2012
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Lard makes the best pies! Made one yesterday. I haven't rendered much lard since I left home. My mom said she hasn't rendered any at all since I left home. I wonder if it smells as bad as it did back then.

September 24, 2012
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Pete, I'd love to make pie crusts with this, but you have to give me a sure fire recipe!  I grind my own wheat to make our bread, I do almost everything from scratch, but biscuits and pie crust??? I'm a miserable failure!  LOL

 

Sharon B., VA

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September 24, 2012
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BTW, $0.49 lb is what the price is- I'm getting 40 lbs.  I thought that was a good price--

 

Sharon B., VA

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September 25, 2012
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From here – that looks like a terrific price!  My local butcher has to purchase pig fat for his own sausage making and it is $2 per pound.

Sharon, I use Suzanne's recipe for Quick Mix and mix a bit higher proportion (it varies, but always less than half and half) of my home ground wheat to the AP flour in her recipe.  They are WONDERFUL!  Must warn that they are very crumbly - impossible to pick up and eat without them falling apart but the flavor is great.

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September 25, 2012
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Thanks Pete, I'll try Suzanne's recipe and see how it comes out.  I would love to bake a flaky pie crust- maybe I just haven't been using the right lard?  LOL… I will not quit until I prevail!!!!  giggle….knight

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September 25, 2012
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Sharon, I probably didn't make myself clear with my previous post – I was talking about biscuits.  I'm not much for pies so have only tried Suzanne's recipe for piecrust once.  It was very good and relatively easy.  She did her recipe at the retreat and the crust was great.  And it held VERY well through the next day.  No loss in quality at all that I could tell.

We have had several discussions around here about making biscuits over the years.  I had only managed to make wonderful hockey pucks until seeing or reading to be sure to not overwork the dough.  So, I tried cutting in the fat and barely stirring the dough after adding the milk.  It appeared that there was no way it would hold together into something which could actually be cut into biscuits.  Sure enough, by the time I got it all scraped out onto the counter, gathered it all up and sort of semi-kneaded it a time or two then flattened it out into an oblong-ish sort of shape, it cut beautifully.  And the baked biscuits were great.

Not overhandling seems to be the key.  Now my biscuit dough always looks and feels like it needs to be stirred and/or kneaded a great deal more than I have done it, but I stop myself.  They always turn out better now.  Yum!

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September 25, 2012
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Those pies were homemade at the retreat?  I thought they were store bought-- they were DELICIOUS!!!!  I saw the containers they were in and just assumed they were store bought.

I knew the breads were homemade, but not the pies.  I was enjoying that cherry pie with ice-cream!  Yum!  The crust was perfect.  I'll pull up Suzanne's recipe for the pie crust and the biscuits.

 

After I do the lard this weekend, I'll work on pie crust and biscuits next week .    I'll let you know how I make out. 

 

Thanks, Pete, you're awesome!

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September 25, 2012
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Every one of those pies was made on Thursday afternoon at the retreat!  Many hands involved – some had never been near a piecrust before!  (Mine were only involved with toting them from here to there!)  But, what it showed me was that Suzanne's crust recipe is very forgiving and not fussy at all.

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September 26, 2012
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Hmmmmmm… I'm already ready for another retreat and it's a year away!fork   LOL

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September 26, 2012
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Hey Sharon!

 

I've rendered lard using Suzanne's CITR post.  I did it in the crockpot (in the house) and it was super easy.  When I was a kid, my mother used to cook our Christmas ham in a huge, old, lard tin and then wrap the tin in quilts/blankets after removing from the heat.  The aroma we woke to on Christmas morning was delightful.  When I was rendering the lard, that is what it reminded me of.  You got an incredible price on the fat at $0.49 lb.  I have a friend (the one I was telling you about that also does the grass-fed beef) that sells pastured pork so I get it at a good price, however, most butchers around here charge about $ 1.79 – 2.00 lb.

 

(Last Sunday was such a beautiful day that it crossed my mind to take a drive out to Chase City and visit you!)

 

Have fun rendering!

-Deb

September 26, 2012
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Hey Deb- 

 

When I get back on FB later this evening, I'll pm you my phone number-- It was a beautiful day last Sunday and I was on I-85 headed towards Richmond-- I thought about you as I went through Dinwiddie!

 

Send me your number too, that way we can call each other to make sure someone is home.  

 

The office in the barn is coming along great-  We can have crafting Saturdays here.  We have a propane fire place that was too big for the house, so we put it in the barn!  LOL  I'm probably the only person who has a fireplace in her barn!   LOL  It will make for cozy crafting Saturdays this winter!  

 

The ham sounds wonderful!

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September 28, 2012
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This was in GRIT this morning--

http://tinyurl.com/8zso36e


Sharon B., VA

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September 28, 2012
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Just picked up my 'fat'.  They had 58 lbs there instead of 40, so I took it all.  It's in the freezer right now waiting for me.

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February 19, 2013
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My brother in law sent over a bear hide for my daughter to tan for him.  OMG the fat on that thing!!!  My husband rendered it and now I have lots of bear lard.  I have been thinking about using it to make lotions and soap.  Any ideas?

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