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Where to buy lard?

mirage Sep 23, 2009 01:36 PM

Preferably leaf lard. I had, at one point, bought the leaf fat from Blood Farms and my husband rendered it for me. We are now out, and I would prefer to buy it already rendered! Any suggestions as to where I might find it?

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  1. BarmyFotheringayPhipps RE: mirage Sep 23, 2009 01:42 PM

    We get ours from Lionette's, but always call first before you go down: they only get a couple quarts' worth a week.

    1. galangatron RE: mirage Sep 23, 2009 01:42 PM

      you can also buy goya brand lard at most latin markets

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        celeriac RE: mirage Sep 23, 2009 01:46 PM

        I don't know that I've ever noticed lard there, but Savenors does make and sell other rendered animal fats (notably duck fat and schmaltz, or chicken fat) so I wouldn't be surprised if they do have it sometimes. Definitely call and check first though.

        re: galagtron's post, I don't know about Goya's in particular but many store brands of lard are actually partially or fully hydrogenated, making it much much worse for you than real, natural lard. Also, the OP is talking leaf lard, a very particular variety prized for baking.

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          enhF94 RE: celeriac Sep 23, 2009 06:20 PM

          and frying french fries. Horse leaf lard rocks my world.

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            qianning RE: celeriac Sep 28, 2009 01:44 PM

            goya is defintely hydrogenated (and in my experience, not so tasty)

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            Madrid RE: mirage Sep 23, 2009 03:41 PM

            I've bought from both Savenor and Lionette in the past. As others have said, call before. I've tried to render myself from pork fat and not nearly as good as those I bought. Freezes well, as far as I can tell.

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              three of us RE: mirage Sep 23, 2009 03:55 PM

              Call Blood Farm in Groton and ask if they have leaf lard and if not, when they might have it. There was also a meat-guy at the Bedford Farmer's Market who would take orders and bring it week to week.

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                makonna RE: mirage Sep 23, 2009 04:36 PM

                I've seen bricks of it at the Arlington Stop & Shop. I have also seen it at the Fresh Pond Whole Foods. I have never purchased or used it, so I don't know the differences.

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                  Karl S RE: makonna Sep 23, 2009 05:24 PM

                  The hydrogenated bricks are not good lard. I render my own from pork fat I get from the supermarket: that way, I minimize cost, control the quality, and I get the tasty bits. All it takes is a few minutes of chopping, and a couple of hours of simmering to render, then straining, mixing strained fat with some water (to capture impurities along the miniscus between the water and the chilled fat) and refrigerating and then cutting off the clean part of the solid chilled fat from the rest.

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                    makonna RE: Karl S Sep 24, 2009 05:15 PM

                    Sorry. Didn't know the difference as I've never used it. Good to know.

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                  djd RE: mirage Sep 23, 2009 05:43 PM

                  I've bought leaf lard (the kind you render yourself) from Stillman's at the Union Sq. farmers market.

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                    cambridgesidefoodnerd RE: mirage Sep 23, 2009 05:48 PM

                    Formaggio on Huron Ave in Cambridge has lard, you have to ask for it, and she seemed to suggest that they might not always have it. I was looking all over for it and struck out at both Savenor's locations. My empanadas are in the oven right now, so I don't know how it tastes just yet, but they smell good!

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                      StriperGuy RE: cambridgesidefoodnerd Sep 23, 2009 06:03 PM

                      We'll all be over in about 1/2 an hour.

                      Nothing like home made empanadas. Lard is GOOD have also made them with an olive oil based crust.

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                        gansu girl RE: cambridgesidefoodnerd Oct 10, 2009 09:15 AM

                        I also get mine at the Formaggio's on Huron - call ahead - I've gotten lucky every time - and I always have some of their lard on hand in the freezer for pie crusts, etc. Keeps great.


                      2. mirage RE: mirage Sep 23, 2009 07:40 PM

                        Thank you for the leads!

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                          whops RE: mirage Sep 25, 2009 01:42 PM

                          Pete and Jen's Barnyard Birds in Concord near Verrill Farms usually has beautiful lard which they have rendered themselves. Check out their website.

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                            mirage RE: whops Sep 26, 2009 05:05 AM

                            I can't find the website. Any clues as to where it might be?

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                              Karl S RE: mirage Sep 26, 2009 06:57 AM

                              This was the first thing that showed up in Google....


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                                mirage RE: Karl S Sep 28, 2009 06:11 AM

                                Thank you - it didn't show up for me! No Google skills. :-/

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                              chevrelove RE: whops Sep 28, 2009 12:32 PM

                              Second the recommendation for Pete and Jen's. Tried my first pie crust with lard this weekend, and theirs worked wonderfully.

                            3. mirage RE: mirage Sep 29, 2009 05:26 AM

                              Husband picked up some lard (not labeled "leaf" and there was nobody there to ask) at Pete and Jen's Birdyard Farms. It was $6 a pint and looks beautiful. Thank you all for leading us to a new, interesting place.

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                                chevrelove RE: mirage Sep 29, 2009 08:40 AM

                                That's great, hope you enjoy it! By the way, just to clear up any confusion since it's referenced a few different ways on this board - it's "Pete and Jen's Backyard Birds."

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                                  mirage RE: chevrelove Sep 29, 2009 11:54 AM

                                  hahahaha - mistyping/misthinking! Thank you!!!!

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                                skippy66 RE: mirage Oct 10, 2009 09:41 AM

                                I bought some last Sunday at the farmer's market in Acton. It came from Stillman's Farm (http://www.stillmansfarm.com/) in Lunenberg/New Braintree. I just finished rendering it. This is the first time I ever did this and it was pretty easy. The finished rendered lard is a light golden color. Did I take it too far? Should I have stopped sooner?

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                                  gansu girl RE: skippy66 Oct 12, 2009 07:02 PM

                                  I've not rendered my own, but the leaf lard I get from Formaggio is pure white.


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                                    djd RE: skippy66 Oct 21, 2009 07:01 PM

                                    I think that's the result I got when I rendered Stillman's lard. It must've gotten paler when it solidified. The key for me was waiting until the bits were really, really crackly. Took over four hours to render maybe a pound. Worth it, though.

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                                      celeriac RE: skippy66 Oct 22, 2009 07:14 AM

                                      skippy, you may have gone a bit too far, my understanding is that ideally it should be pure white. Basically, it may mean that your lard will have a richer, roastier flavor (as opposed to a more neutral flavor). Try it and decide what you think. If you find the flavor is too strong for pie crusts, etc, use it in applications where that savoryness will be welcome--like savory biscuits, rich refried beans, etc.

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                                        skippy66 RE: celeriac Oct 22, 2009 01:34 PM

                                        Just what I was thinking…it sure does smell porky!

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                                          djd RE: skippy66 Oct 27, 2009 12:21 PM

                                          Oh man, yes, did it ever. The Sherman Market dude (a.k.a. my boyfriend) says they're getting lard in Thursday. We just went apple-picking, so it's rendering time again!

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