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Sep 7, 2008 07:56 PM

SEA - lard for pie crust

Hi there, does anyone know where I can get good quality lard for a pie crust? I have the instructions to render it myself but would like to take the lazy route and just buy some.

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  1. University District Farmer's Market on Saturdays -- the Wooly Pigs vendor -- has leaf lard. And get some of their sausage while you are there.

    1. Guadalupe Market in Burien has properly made lard. It's so good I could almost eat it with a spoon.

      1. Sammamish Bay Cheese, Wooly Pigs, Skagit River Ranch, and Sea Breeze Farms at the U-district farmers market all carry leaf lard. That's the lard I'd use for sweet pastries as it's slightly less porky. Sea Breeze Farms does carry pre-rendered lard (it's more expensive than what you get at the mexican market though), but I don't believe it's rendered from leaf lard, so it's a little more porky.

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        1. re: vanillagorilla

          Yes, I second that about Sea Breeze's rendered lard. I wouldn't use it for sweet pastry -- even cut with butter, it gave a meaty quality to the tart I made with it.

          On the other hand, it made awesome dough for empanadas, and would probably be great for other savory pastry.

        2. Thanks everyone for the responses, I picked up some leaf lard from Skagit River Ranch at the Bellevue Farmer's Market and it is rendering in my oven right now.