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Any source of leaf lard in Seattle

RandyB Sep 6, 2010 11:12 AM

For pie crust (American and British style), leaf lard is the best to combine with butter. So far, I've only seen online sources. Local would be better, if anyone can help.

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  1. MsMaryMc RE: RandyB Sep 6, 2010 05:21 PM

    I've gotten it at The Swinery in West Seattle. Call first--they don't always have it, but with a day's notice they rendered some just for me.

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    The Swinery
    3207 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116

    1. amyh18 RE: RandyB Sep 6, 2010 07:40 PM

      I've picked it up at the Farmers Market from Skagit Valley Ranch. Combine it with butter for the best pie crust you've ever made. I want to say they are at the West Seattle Market on Sunday but check their website for Farmers Market locations.

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        Daniel RE: RandyB Sep 7, 2010 07:42 AM

        Samish Bay Cheese and Olsen Farms generally have it as well. Both are at UD and other farmers markets.

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          RandyB RE: Daniel Sep 7, 2010 07:23 PM

          Thank you all for the suggestions. Sounds like I should be able to find it.

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          Lauren RE: RandyB Sep 13, 2010 04:30 PM

          Wooly Pigs at the U District farmers market has it.

          1. eight_inch_pestle RE: RandyB Sep 14, 2010 12:06 AM

            Sea Breeze Farms has it, too. Though it ain't cheap.

            1. RandyB RE: RandyB Sep 14, 2010 07:34 PM

              More complicated than it seemed at first. Samish Bay Cheese only sells it unrendered. Olsen only has back fat, or fatback, not leaf lard. Skagit River Ranch said they had it, but it was my first call and I didn't realize I needed to ask if it's rendered. I do NOT want to do my own rendering.

              I didn't call the Swinery yet, mainly because it's a long drive from Lake City, where I live when I'm in Seattle, to West Seattle.

              I'll check with Wooly Pig and Sea Breeze tomorrow, or via email tonight.

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              The Swinery
              3207 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116

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                eight_inch_pestle RE: RandyB Sep 14, 2010 08:12 PM

                I've special ordered both leaf lard and leaf fat from Sea Breeze. Availability does depend on how many pigs they have for slaughtering this week.

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                  RandyB RE: eight_inch_pestle Sep 14, 2010 10:11 PM

                  Wooly Pig checks and replies to emails at night, so I now know that one can buy their rendered leaf lard in 4 pound pails for $20 at the UD market. They say it will keep for a year in the fridge.

                  Their website, www.woolypigs.com, will explain why they think their Mangalitsa breed and Austrian style butchery is superior. On this I have no personal experience.

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                  amyh18 RE: RandyB Sep 14, 2010 09:48 PM

                  Rendering is super easy. Seriously. Put the leaf lard in a pyrex dish, low oven (I think mine was set to 200 degrees) and put it in overnight. Strain thru paper towels into a storage container. Let it set and then it's ready for pie crusts.

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                  Rustypelican RE: RandyB Sep 27, 2010 11:22 AM

                  Many Mexican and Chinese markets carry lard. The problem is in determining whether it has been partially hydrogenated. Obviously, hogs raised on traditional diets produce better lard than those produced in industrialized settings, although any lard is better than industrial PUFA oils. The stuff is easy to render from leaf, although it does stink up the house. It can also be easily rendered on an outdoor grill.

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                    Eliza8 RE: RandyB Sep 28, 2010 09:31 PM

                    I've seen frozen leaf lard at Bob's Meats in Columbia City. From the looks of it, it was unrendered... It might be worth a phone call before you head down here to get some. Good luck!

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                      Scott O RE: RandyB Oct 2, 2010 09:52 AM

                      I have had no trouble getting fatback from the Viet Hoa supermarket in the ID, they should have leaf lard, as these folks believe in using "the whole buffalo."

                      For quality, definitely the Swinery; Don and Joes is very likely but recommend calling first.

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                      The Swinery
                      3207 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116

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                        RandyB RE: Scott O Oct 6, 2010 12:45 PM

                        I ended up getting it at Wooly Pigs. http://woolypigs.com/ They sell their Mangalitsa-breed leaf lard at the U District Farmers Market. There's a lot of hype about the breed on their website. I have no idea how much is real. Whatever, the price is actually better than many other farms. $20 for 4 lbs, and it keeps in the fridge or freezer for a very long time.

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                        plutch RE: RandyB Oct 20, 2010 05:39 PM

                        Rainshadow Meats has it, they are in the Melrose Building.

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