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Rendered Leaf Lard

Looking for rendered leaf lard as opposed to rendered pork fat from any part of the hog's body.

I know it is available by mail order, but would much prefer to buy in in town.

Any ideas?

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  1. I don't know where you can get it, but there was a very cool article on fat choices and pie crust in the NY Times today

    http://www.nytimes.com/2006/11/15/din...

    GL with the Leaf lard hunt!

    THz

    1. Leaf lard is the real deal but, as the NY Times piece points out, very difficult to find. I just talked to the Maloney Meat Company, and they can get it from Farmer John's. However, it may require them to buy a much larger amount than the couple of pounds I need for home use. (They're checking on the minimum purchase right now.) If enough people contact them, we may be able to get it, so please call right away if you're interested:

      Maloney Meat Company
      3255 Firestone Boulevard
      South Gate, California 90280
      Telephone: 323-249-1342
      Fax: 323-563-1654
      http://www.maloneymeat.com/

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      1. re: Mel Gee

        Does Farmer John's really sell leaf lard? I thought they made the hydrogenated stuff that comes in the red box (which is definitely not leaf lard). But maybe they sell both??

        1. re: emily

          Maloney's assured me yesterday that it's not the stuff that Farmer John's usually sells at the supermarket. FJ is one of the largest pork producers and has plenty of leaf lard, but they only ship it on request, because of the lack of interest in the product. The older gentleman I spoke to at Maloney's seemed to be very familiar with leaf lard and its uses. I hope people who want it are calling!

          1. re: Mel Gee

            I called and spoke to Mr. Maloney. He has fond memories of his mothers raisin pie, made with Muscat raisins!

      2. I'll definitely give them a call. This sounds great--I'm sure the leaf lard would make some incredible biscuits, too! If they end up making you buy a large amount, perhaps we could split something...

        1. Apparently, it's easier to find an honest politician than pure leaf lard.

          John Maloney, the president of Maloney Meat, has been very helpful but, unfortunately, reports that Farmer John no longer carries leaf lard, which spoils quickly. He gave me a contact over there for further information, so I called, but the only recommendation was to try some of the small pig farmers in the Chino area.

          Mr. Maloney recommended another local meat company to try, and I also called Alexander's Prime Meats in San Gabriel (which has caul fat but not leaf lard) and Marconda's Meat at the LA Farmers Market. Nothing, anywhere.

          Finally, I checked with Surfas, which doesn't have it, of course, but their food buyer is looking into availability.

          I notice that the NY Times piece ranks second on the paper's list of popular articles today. Anyone know a Chino pig farmer?

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          1. re: Mel Gee

            This is why I ended up ordering from Dietrich's Meats in PA last year. None of the butchers I talked to could get it. I ordered about 10 lbs and it arrived perfectly fine. Most is still in my freezer. Great stuff.

          2. A discussion of a Carlsbad source for leaf lard has been moved to the California board. You can find it here: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/343631

            Another subthread about the Sab Francisco Bay Area has been moved here:
            http://www.chowhound.com/topics/344039