How to Make Cooking Oil and Fat

Take the next step toward food self-sufficiency by making cooking oil from seeds and nuts, making butter and rendering lard and tallow.

Home rendered lard, butter and other cooking fats
Store-bought butter doesn’t begin to compare to homemade, creamy butter made from the milk of a healthy cow.
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Hank Will III feeding his hogs on his farm in Kansas
Oscar H. Will III raises mulefoot hogs on his Kansas farm.
Photo By Karen Keb
Chopping fat for rendering lard
To make lard, use chopped or ground fat from healthy hogs.
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Oilseed sunflower heads
Be sure to grow an oilseed sunflower variety for a high oil-to-seed ratio.
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Piteba Press for small-scale production
The manually operated Piteba press is a great option for small-scale cooking oil production.
Photo Courtesy Piteba

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