Most Americans are horrified by the very thought of eating lard. Some seem to think that even a small amount of lard will stop their hearts, or make them obese, or both. Yet lard was once the most popular cooking fat in America. Lard was also the most popular cooking fat in China.
Lard was demonized so margarine, hydrogenated oils, and other creations of the processed food industry would sell. The artificial fats created by the food industry taste and feel much worse than the traditional fats of our ancestors. This means that the only reason people would buy the factory fats is if real fats are believed to be unhealthy. There are no shortages of scientists and studies that the food industry could and can buy to scare people into giving up real food. Lard, and all saturated fat, was blamed for heart disease, and countless other illnesses.
The truth of the matter is that real lard, from healthy pastured pigs, is very healthy and nutritious, and one of our best sources of vitamin D.
Real lard is one of the very best cooking fats, having a high smoke point, and being unlikely to spatter in most circumstances.
And food cooked with real lard can be incredibly delicious. (…..read more)
Lard is made by rendering (simmering) pork fat on your stove top or wood stove. It takes several hours but is a pretty much hands-off process. When you’re done, you end up with cracklin’s and beautiful white lard to use.
Pasture Nectar Farm offers fat from our pigs raised on our chemical-free pastures. They are fed a certified organic ration mixed just for them along with our superior milk. Their fat is very clean and healthy. Rendering lard is easy! We’ll be happy to tell you how. (And ours doesn’t smell up your kitchen like the factory pork fat does.) Just drop us an email on the Contact page to order.