Fat to Lard: How To Render Your Own Pig Fat

Fat.

Let’s get one myth out of the way first.

Fat – grass-fed, pastured, GMO-free, hormone-free, steroid-free, etc – in moderation is good for you.

Whether it’s tallow or lard, it IS good for you.

A few facts:

How To Render Your Own Pig Fat

Rendering your own fat is a good way to save money, and to get the most out of your whole or half hog. (just remember to request the fat when ordering.)

Plus you will know exactly where your lard came from and what is in it!

When you receive your order of pork, the fat will look something like this:
Fat to Lard: How To Render Your Own Pig Fat

Not super pretty, right? It will most likely have more white bits – actually fat – then red bits – leftover meat – in it.

I render our lard and tallow in a countertop dutch oven, but these instructions can be modified to fit whatever you are using.

First, firmly press your fat into the dish of your choice. You can fill it almost to the top, but if you’re worried about it overflowing, fill it less full.

My particular dutch oven holds around 20-25lbs of raw fat.

Turn your dutch oven/stove/etc on and set the temperature at 250*F. I either leave it overnight or for a whole day, about 10 hours.

About halfway through your fat should look like this:

Fat to Lard: How To Render Your Own Pig Fat

When your fat is finished rendering, it will look like this:

Fat to Lard: How To Render Your Own Pig Fat

The fat at this point will look golden, while the ‘cracklings’ are anywhere from light tan to dark brown.

Strain, and pour into glass jars.

Pretty, isn’t it?

Let cool until hard and white. Label and store in a cool, dark place.


Congratulations! You have successfully rendered healthy, wholesome lard!

Use in place of butter when frying meat, potatoes, or eggs. Try it in a pie crust. And most of all, be proud of what you just accomplished!

Have you rendered fat before? If not, is it something you’d like to try? Comment below! I’d love to hear from you 🙂

Til next time,

Megan

Fat to Lard: How To Render Your Own Pig Fat

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