What You Really Need to Know About Rendering Lard


| 2/21/2017 10:17:00 AM


Tags: rendering lard, leaf lard, economics of rendering lard, Andrea Chesman, Vermont,

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Rendering lard is easy and way more cost effective than buying rendered lard online or from a reliable butcher, but there are important aspects of rendering that never seem to be shared in magazine articles and blog posts.  So I'll start with the most important thing: clean-up.

You do not want to wash your lard-covered pots and utensils so that melted lard goes down your drain.  Trust me.  It will solidify and coat your pipes wherever the lard happens to be when it cools down, joining with rust particles, food particles, hair, whatever, into a drain-clogging, plumber-requiring mess. So:

Tip 1: Line your counter with newspapers before you start.

Tip 2: Have a plate or other container in which or on which you can rest your utensils to avoid drips.  You will capture perfectly clean lard, which you can add to your jars.

Tip 3: Plan to wash everything in a dishpan with very hot soapy water and dump the dirty water outside when you are finished.  Do not run it down the drain; do not use your dishwasher.




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