Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Cool Lard Blog

I love lard, in measure. I love the color and aroma of it, and I love to make it. But for purely personal reasons, I don't share the die hard lipophile's passion for eating it. See, my paternal ancestors, who were all of an Italian demographic that used lard as its primary cooking fat, all "died young" from diet related diseases. That said, I still have to recommend this lard fan blog for it's ebullient endosement of a remarkable, if slightly dangerous, food stuff.


Lard Lovers - A network to help you find organic lard in America

8 comments:

Maryann said...

I only really use it in pastry making. It works the best! Not opposed here :)

Kevin said...

Bob,
I've got a pot of lard rendering right now.

IdahoRocks said...

Since pure lard is no longer available in grocery stores, my only source is to buy pig fat during Fair time and render it myself. I like it for pastry and I love it for confit. And every once in a great while, I like to remember cold winter nights at the Advent Market in Salzburg and once again eat my "Fettbrot" while sipping my Gluhwein.

Ed Bruske said...

Thanks for the link, Bob. Reminds me that I still have a big length of lard that I brought home from farm in Michigan and still need to render. Why dangerous? Lard is majority monounsaturated fat. Fat is much better for you than carbs if you have issues with weight, bad cholesterol.

Bob said...

I thank you for this public service of the highest order.

And no comment on a lard post is complete without an excerpt from Peter Kaminsky's consummate pork compendium, "Pig Perfect;"

"free range pork, finished on a diet of acorns and grasses, can have up to 55 percent monounsaturated fat. Such fats, also found in olive oil, help raise the HDL (good cholesterol) and lower the LDL (bad cholesterol)."

Dr Zibbs said...

Sad to say I've never cooked with it.

rideandcook said...

It's the only way to make perfect pie crust, and with all the good fat that makes pie health food!

Ulla said...

this makes me smile! yay! more lard please!:)