My vision of making lard always included cast iron cauldrons and fires, and women in long skirts stirring and stirring. Actually, the process isn't too hard. If you have a crock pot, it's really quite easy. I found this video on YouTube which took away some of my trepidation and all of my Little House on the Prairie visions. My apologies to those who are vegetarian or vegan. Or sensitive to photos of great big globs of fat.
|This is what 10 lbs of pig fat looks like.|
|I cut it into 1/2 inch to 1 inch chunks. It is messy and the knife gets slippery.|
|Looks a bit less gross now, eh? I put as much a I could fit into my crock pot and set it on low with the lid off.|
|After many hours, I though I'd take a chance and put it on high. I should have done it sooner, as the fat cooked and cooked for many hours, and never seemed in danger of scorching.|
|Voila! 4 jars--approximately 3 quarts--of lard|
Anyway, I just wanted to put the process into photos to show how very easy it is. I don't cook much with lard, to be honest, but I detest waste, and even if I have to make soap from it, I just can't see throwing out what could be used. The saying used to be that one could use every part of a pig except for its squeal.
And no, I haven't gotten into pig's trotters or head cheese. I don't know that I ever will, thank you very much.
Anyway, I had better get back to work...much to do, and so little time! I just had to take a break after cutting Bret's and Dominic's hair, and this gave me an excuse to take one...