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We just got a pig the other day, so now we have 12 POUNDS of lard. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> It's frozen now, but can I just use it as it is to make hashbrowns in, for example? Or do I have to render it? Or is it already rendered? How can I tell?
 

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When I rendered lard, I bought fat back which looks like it sounds--a big slab of fat stuck to skin. Rendered yard is most likely in a tub or formed into a block or shape like butter.<br><br>
It was the Italian butcher who sold it to me, and he described the way Saturdays used to smell when all the women in the neighborhood rendered their lard to fry their meatballs, but he made it sound as though they weren't rendering it in the traditional sense to remove impurities and store it or bake with it--but just like if you were to cut up bacon, cook it, remove the bits and use what's left to cook in. I am sure that would work fine for cooking hashbrowns, but you would want to go through the process of rendering and mixing with water, etc... if you wanted to store it outside the freezer or bake with it.
 

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This came in tubs, so it's probably rendered, already, right? I'll call the butcher on Monday and ask. Although I'm sure they're getting sick of my stupid questions. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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If it's in tubs, it's more than likely rendered. When you take off the lid, does it look like hunks of really fatty meat or like shortening?
 

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It looks like shortening. I just used some today to roast red-skinned potatoes in. Very yummy. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I have ordered part of a pig from the farm where I am getting a side of grass fed beef this summer. Do I just tell them I want the lard from the pig too? Most people probably don't want it right? So I would have to specify that I do most likely? I hadn't even thought of that until I saw this post!! Is there anyhting else I should ask when they're getting ready to process the meat? Isn't there something with the bacon like I should make sure they're not using nitrites????<br><br>
Please, any suggestions would be appreciated. I'm spending alot of money and I don't want to miss out on anything they're going to throw away or have them do something to the meat that will make it almost as bad as the grocery store.<br><br>
Thanks, Kelly<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:
 

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They asked me if I wanted the lard and I said yes. They also asked me if we wanted the hams, hocks and bacon smoked and I said no, becuase they do use nitrates in the curing. We plan to smoke them ourselves.<br><br>
If you look at my post history, you will see that I have made about a million posts about smoking bacon. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I have never done it, but we plan to try to make a smoker next weekend out of an old filing cabinet.<br><br>
We just had a pork roast from our pig yesterday and it was soooo good. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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You should clarify/specify if you want all the fat and bones and organs. A lot of butchers will discard it or sell it real cheap to rendering plants or other industries since most people don't want it. Not all of the farmers/butchers will offer the fat in the form of lard. Most often, you just ask for all the fat and you have to render it yourself.<br><br>
If you are asking for any of the meat in the form of bacon, sausage, or ham, ask how they make it. Is it preservative free, do they use nitrites/nitrates, etc.
 
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