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    I was at the local farmers market today. loading up for the week, and I noticed they had a bucket of lard. First time I've seen it, and they only had one. It was a small bucket, maybe half gallon, for 6 bucks. is it worth it and what does one do with it?

    Just in case I decide to go back and see if they still have it.

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    If it's from pastured pigs, then I'd say get it.

    Properly rendered lard is flavorless and has a high smoke point. In my kitchen, lard replaces any oil in a recipe. I absolutely love it.

    I paid 15 dollars for 4 lbs. I just keep it in my freezer and dig a out a bit anytime I need some. FYI, 1 cup of lard weighs 7oz. Just so you don't need to melt it down to measure it.
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    I fry with it, dropping small slivers into a pan as and when I need them.

    It's an extremely cheap fat that is ideal for high frying.
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    Thanks for the replays, I think I'll run back out and get it if it's still there. I think I can make it while everyone's still at work. Glad I got the day off.

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    Blimey! That's a lot of lard! Lard is good! Ask about the source of the fat first, though.
    You could have a go at making your own: living in the ice age: Rendering Fat <<<<< this is pretty much what lard is!

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    Lard is great. I use it for everything. I can't buy lard ready made, sadly, but I am given free range organic pork fat from my butcher and render it down into lard and I use it to cook EVERYTHING! If you like roast potatoes - they are delicious done in pork lard!

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    Quite jealous that you are able to find rendered lard at your farmers market! I have to buy the leaf fat at $6/lb. and render my own.

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    I use lard since I haven't been able to find any grass fed beef fat. There doesn't seem to be enough to cut any off when processing the cows.

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    Well, I went back and bought the lard, so tomorrow I'll start cooking with it. It'll be my first try with it, so I'll let you know how it goes.

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