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Sep 7, 2006 04:57 PM

Is there anywhere to buy leaf lard in San Francisco?

In the pie crust topic on home cooking there was a mention that leaf lard doesn't have the porky taste to it. Some pie fillings doen't work with the eau de pork in the crust.

Would anyone sell that in the Bay Area? Boulette's Larder? Anyone seen it there? Is that how I would ask for it?

Or is this something I'd need to buy my own pig to make ... yeah, I'm getting carried away here. I get sucked in. I work my way up from maybe frozen pie crust to making it myself and the thought of even making my own lard ... buying or raising a pig for it ...

Seriously, can I get leaf lard pre-made anywhere? Is that how I'd ask for it? Would they know what I was talking about?

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  1. You might be able to get Fatted Calf to render you some.

    1. I have a container in my freezer from Niman that I bought at Ferry Plaza. It is in a one pound plastic container labeled "fancy leaf lard". It is already rendered. I believe it also comes in a five pound container. You might have to ask for leaf lard.

      7 Replies
          1. re: wally

            Which days are Niman at the Ferry Plaza?

            1. re: wally

              So, how long does it last in the fridge? Can it be frozen. There's only so much lard I can use. Actaully I may have never personally bought lard in my life. I've eaten alot in restaurant dishes, but never purchased and cooked with it.

              1. re: rworange

                Freezes fine. Main danger is rancidity. Lasts a long time if it's airtight.

                1. re: rworange

                  I've never kept it in the fridge. It freezes just fine. One pound is a pint container. This has been in my freezer about 6 months and I recently used some of it and it was just fine.