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#1 of 6 Old 01-16-2007, 06:07 AM - Thread Starter
 
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I'm always burning olive oil and butter in my cast iron, I'm reading bad things about canola oil, I don't have any bacon grease right now, I hate the taste of coconut so I'm scared to try coconut oil, so I bought a tub of lard from a local natural/organic farmer. It's in the freezer right now, but once I thaw it, how long can I expect it to last? How should I store it to extend its life? The label said it had something added to stabilize it, some initials. I'm guessing they're probably bad, too... :
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Even without preservatives, lard should last at least a year in the fridge. The most common preservatives added to lard are BHT and BHA, both which aren't great for you and totally unnecessary for preserving it.
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Yep, those are the preservatives in it. I know the farmer doesn't have much control over it because he has another company process his products, but I'll ask him about getting some lard without the preservatives. If not, I guess I'll be checking out the farmer's market this spring for another source. Thanks for the information!
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The farmer might be able to sell you some fatback so you can render your own.
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How would I go about doing that? I know it involves boiling it and picking out the crispy bits, but that's all I know.
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Check out the blog entry at Obsession with Food. It comes complete with pictures! "Full Moon Feast" by Jessica Prentice also has a recipe that you can use your crockpot for. I've rendered my own leaf lard and use a combination of the two recipes.
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