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where, oh where, can i find leaf lard?

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does anyone have a source for either mail-order leaf lard or a local meat market/butchershop that carries the stuff -- in purchasable quantities of less than 10lbs?

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    1. re: JudiAU

      I was just about to ask the same question.

      If you are in the NYC area, some of the old Hungarian butcher shops in Yorkville (if there are any left, it has been a while since I tried to find it) might have it.

      Or the same type of store in another location.

    2. I searched long and hard in the DC area a while back. It's just about impossible to find any lard at all, other than the commercial bricks sold in supermarkets. I ended up making my own lard, from fresh pork belly that I got at a Polish butcher/sausage/smoked meat purveyor on the Lower East Side in NYC. Since then, I have gotten fresh lard from a couple of "pastured pork" farmers who come to my farmers' market--it is not leaf lard, of course, which is made from the fat surrounding the kidneys. Perhaps you can form a relationship with a farmer who raises pigs, who will save the leaf fat for you, and you can render it your self. The farmers who sell lard around here, make it with fat scraps that are boiled in a big kettle. When I make my own for Mexican cooking, I render the fat in the oven, which gives it a wonderful roast pork-y flavor. That's not so good for baking--which is usually what you want leaf lard for. if you are anywhere near an Amish market, you might check with meat purveyors there. Most conventional butchers deal with primal cuts, and don't get whole carcasses that would yield sufficient fat for rendering.

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      1. re: zora

        Zora! I just saw this thread because I'm getting ready to write a blog post on leaf lard. I know it's really old, and you -- and the others here -- might well have already found many more good sources. But I just bought and used the most wonderful leaf lard from Wagshall's... white, pure and lovely. --Catherine Gewertz, www.curvymamapies.com

        1. re: cgewertz

          Where is Wagshall's? And if it's a store, what brand was the leaf lard? (For those of us who might not live nearby.)

          1. re: Heidi cooks and bakes

            Wagshal's is a small gourmet market in NW D.C., Heidi... here is a link: http://www.wagshals.com/
            It's their own leaf lard. I believe they render it right there.

      2. Scroll through the link below, and you can find it from a farm in Ohio:

        Link: http://www.goodfooddirectnet.com/blaz...

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        1. re: Karl S.

          i've tried them -- they're impossible to get ahold of. and believe me, i've definitely done a pretty thorough net search already. not to mention scoured much of the manhattan area (where i'm located) for the stuff. it's important for me to find mail-order, however...

          thanks for the suggestion though.

        2. oh, and the other major problem is that most places that are willing to special order the stuff (ottomanelli's included) will only sell the 10, 30, or 40lb box it comes in. that's quite a bit of leaf lard. a bit too much, if you ask me. but i guess beggar's can't be choosers.

          if anyone else has any ideas, i'd love to hear them.

          1. what is leaf lard?
            Is it still pork fat rendered?

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            1. re: Wendy Lai

              it's pork fat from around the kidneys, considered the finest lard (back fat being second, intestinal fat being least desirable). it can be rendered.