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Nov 4, 2009 10:50 PM

Pork Fat - Orange County?

I'm looking for a good source of unrendered pork fat in Orange County (ideally Westminster area). If not, a good butcher shop to purchase freshly rendered lard. Any suggestions?

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  1. I don't know about OC, but where I live the Food4Less in a Latino part of town has packages of pork fat. Liborio Markets also sell the fat and, if I recall, render their own lard. I like to make it myself both for quality control -- although Liborio's must certainly be better than Farmer John's -- and for the cracklin' left behind when you strain rendered fat.

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      1. Hey There... Go to Celstino's in Costa Mesa.. you might want to call ahead, but they will happily prepare some Pig Fat from a carcass that they butcher weekly.

        They are located on 17th street.. FYI, you can see photos on my Flickr page here:

        1. Sieu Thi Thuan Phat (Westminster Superstore), on Beach Blvd. just north of the 405.

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          1. re: Das Ubergeek

            Thanks. Didn't know they carried it there, since it's not out in the meat display. After asking a couple of people, they finally figured out what I was looking for and I was able to get 10 lbs of pork fat for $2.90 (total, not per #). After rendering it, I got about 3 quarts of lard and lots of cracklings. I guess it's time to make cornbread.

            1. re: joshekg

              Sorry, I should have given you the Vietnamese term for it, which is mở heo.

              1. re: Das Ubergeek

                I'll remember that for next time, though pantomiming fat can be fun.