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  • Why is coconut oil more preferred to cook with than Lard?

    Especially since coconut oil is a processed cooking oil while lard isn't?

    processed past participle, past tense of proc·ess (Verb)past participle, past tense of pro·cess (Verb)
    Verb
    Perform a series of mechanical or chemical operations on (something) in order to change or preserve it: "the stages in processing the wool".

  • #2
    Preferred by who? I would prefer tallow, but lard would be fine. Also butter rocks!

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    • #3
      Preferred by most really, everyone seems to be coconutz

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      • #4
        it is higher in sat fat

        but really i just grab whichever is closer (lard, tallow, or coconut)

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        • #5
          I don't like coconut oil; I use pork fat (lard) for most of my cooking, with beef fat next favourite and also butter.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by breadsauce View Post
            I don't like coconut oil; I use pork fat (lard) for most of my cooking, with beef fat next favourite and also butter.

            Bought some coconut oil previously and didn't like the taste but had it with bacon and egs so the whole lot might have just put me off being so greasy, so threw it away.

            So thought i buy some tomorrow again give it another try but...Hmmm

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            • #7
              There are many people who claim it has amazing health benefits. I personally don't really care for the flavor. I do use it some in baking, but usually use half coconut oil, and half butter. If I'm going to sauté vegetables or something like that, I always use butter though.

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              • #8
                Coconut oil is a special kind of saturated fat, a medium chain triglyceride. It supposedly has special properties in the body as well as special cooking properties. There is nothing wrong with lard except that it is really difficult to find pork lard that is not partially hydrogenated.
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                • #9
                  My mother used to buy hydrogenated lard to use in baking. Ick, but I grew up on the taste. I reuse fat which is leftover from cooking projects.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by sbhikes View Post
                    Coconut oil is a special kind of saturated fat, a medium chain triglyceride. It supposedly has special properties in the body as well as special cooking properties. There is nothing wrong with lard except that it is really difficult to find pork lard that is not partially hydrogenated.
                    why not buy some lard from the butcher and just melt it?

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                    • #11
                      I use butter, lard, tallow, coconut oil, olive oil, avocado oil, and very occasionally bacon fat (because I only very occasionally eat bacon). Each is damn near perfect with a given food - greens and bacon fat, eggs and butter, avocado oil for mayonnaise, etc. Coconut oil, aside from the almost pure energy of the MCTs is mild enough that it's a pretty good all purpose cooking fat - it also comes in handy for coffee if I run out of my favorite coffee whitener(s). I think if I put lard in my coffee, it would ruin the experience.

                      As to processed, it's been said before, but unless you're chomping meat or fat right off of the animal, pretty much everything is processed since butchering is a mechanical process.
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                      • #12
                        When I want to gain some weight I add oils to my foods, and it works well every time...
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                        • #13
                          Here's an informative blog that discusses the advantages of coconut oil, in depth:
                          Coconut Oil
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Neckhammer View Post
                            Preferred by who? I would prefer tallow, but lard would be fine. Also butter rocks!
                            Tallow is my new favorite. (Only recently discovered.) Can't believe that I've lived without it all my life.

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                            • #15
                              Lard is pretty dang good compared to most cooking oils and the like. It's not the worst choice out there. I wouldn't worry too much.

                              But from a technical standpoint, coconut oil has a higher percentage of saturated fats in it than lard (by far) which overall makes it a far more stable cooking fat that is less prone to oxidizing and/or going rancid at higher temperatures. Lard has a much higher percentage of Omega-6s fats which most people get plenty of anyway, and these are quite prone to oxidizing at higher heats.

                              And frankly, lard is still processed since you have to "render" it from the pig in some way. Fats are ONLY not processed if they are still attached to the animal's flesh.
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