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Where's The Lard?

SugarFrosted Oct 7, 2008 03:22 PM

Any of you hounds know where I can buy lard on the Westside? Ralphs and Pavillions and Whole Foods don't carry it anymore(thanks to the self appointed food police, no doubt), and I need to fry some chicken the old fashioned "so bad but tastes so good" way.


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    Jack Flash Oct 7, 2008 04:35 PM

    I would think that any grocery store that caters to a Latino clientele will carry it (manteca, in Spanish).

    1. Will Owen Oct 7, 2008 05:37 PM

      Yeah, well, Latino groceries are a bit thin on the ground, there in the outer reaches, but I'd look for one as close as you can get. If you do find a "mainstream" store that carries lard, it'll certainly be that godawful hydrogenated Farmer John crap. The manteca from most Latino stores has a pretty piggy taste we're not used to nowadays, but just look at it as saving you from having to add any bacon grease...

      Not strictly Westside, by current reckoning (with which I disrespectfully disagree), but you might as at one or both of the butcher stalls at the Farmer's Market.

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      1. re: Will Owen
        PiFan7 Dec 11, 2008 02:01 PM

        Actually, I recently emailed Farmer John to ask about their lard. They responded that their lard isn't hydrogenated.

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          Will Owen Dec 11, 2008 05:27 PM

          Well, they had to do SOMETHING to make it shelf-stable, and whatever it was couldn't have been pretty. I would never buy lard that didn't have to be refrigerated, at least now that I know better.

          There was an old butcher in our little town, the grandpa of a friend of mine, who regularly rendered lard in a big kettle in the shed behind his store. As a special treat he'd give me a big paper bag full of "cracklin's" which I would dutifully lug home, and Mom would sigh and put them out where the stray animals could get to them. These were not your light and puffy chicharrones, I must say, but heavy greasy chewy rinds. Guess old Charley just didn't have his kettle hot enough...

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        Burger Boy Oct 7, 2008 09:28 PM

        What do you consider westside? Sanchez Market on Inglewood, jut below Culver should have it.

        1. Joe Blowe Oct 8, 2008 10:49 AM

          When you use the generic term 'lard' you will generally be directed to the 'manteca' garbage sitting at room temperature, away from the refrigerated section. Bad.

          Good: https://www.surfasonline.com/products...

          Call ahead, and plan on rendering it yourself.

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            Neta Oct 8, 2008 12:42 PM

            A lot of Mexican meat markets that make their own chicharron will sell you the lard rendered from the pork skin for a minimal price. Just ask since it's not not visible.

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              Dommy Dec 11, 2008 08:04 PM

              I've found the liquid gold at Mexican Markets in the Deli, not the the packaged meat which that brick stuff.


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                Neta Aug 8, 2011 10:42 AM

                I am not talking about that "white brick stuff". I said it was the lard rendered from the chicharron which is the liquid gold stuff and you find it at a Mexican carneceria..

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                  MoreBeerHere Aug 8, 2011 10:48 AM

                  You might want to ask at a local carneceria.Store bought stuff is crap anyway

              2. ReelMike84 Dec 11, 2008 08:20 PM

                Actually I see lard pretty frequently at various "99 Cent" stores.

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                  ujnamkung Aug 7, 2011 12:14 PM

                  I just found a butcher in LA that carries preservative free lard from Mangalitsa pigs.
                  McCall's Meat and Fish. 323 667 0674

                  McCall's Meat and Fish
                  2117 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

                  1. MoreBeerHere Aug 7, 2011 12:39 PM

                    I would think that any grocery store would carry "lard/manteca" We are a "pork fat" nation !!

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                      maudies5 Aug 7, 2011 05:51 PM

                      Call Dan at Vicente Foods.

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                      ujnamkung Aug 8, 2011 06:06 PM

                      I just ordered preservative free lard from Mangalitsa pigs $45 for a bucket of about 4 pounds from chefshop.com price included 1 day express shipping. Hurray! finally I found it.

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