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Prather Ranch lard pie crust

Has anyone tried? Recommend?

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Prather Ranch
1 Ferry Bldg # 32, San Francisco, CA

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  1. Never had it but lard pie crust in general is quite a treat, Joy of Cooking has several outstanding recipes for pie crusts and using lard as the fat.

    You can make your own using straight lard but i usually have the best experience going 50/50 lard and butter.
    Plus you can purchase lard from Prather Ranch, which ultimately will be the best choice as far as price, and you will be able to make the crust within a couple hours of use.

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    Prather Ranch
    1 Ferry Bldg # 32, San Francisco, CA

    1. They sell pastry? or you're thinking of making your own from their lard?

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      1. re: Robert Lauriston

        They sell the pie crust. Saw it in their refrigerated case and thought it would be a great alternative to your typical grocery store pie crusts.

      2. Greetings,

        Just to clarify, the pie crust Prather Ranch sells is made by Mi2Sweets and comes in sealed plastic wrap in a ball shape, not in a pie pan/tin already spread out for you. The price is $8.99 a pound. Does anyone know if lard from pasture-raised pork is used? I don't see this info on the Mi2Sweets web site.

        Edit: I found some info here: http://www.mi2sweets.com/blog/

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        Prather Ranch
        1 Ferry Bldg # 32, San Francisco, CA

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        1. re: Nate650

          They use Prather Ranch's lard, so yes, pastured pork.

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          Prather Ranch
          1 Ferry Bldg # 32, San Francisco, CA

        2. I have indeed used it, and it was excellent. Easy to work with and very flaky. Made Brazilian beef empanadas with it. It was NOT in a ball shape, but sheets and easily rolled out.

          1. My sister and I made an apple pie using Chow's "Basic Apple Pie" recipe using the lard crust Prather Ranch sells and it was unbelievably delicious. In fact it was easily the best crust I've ever had.

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            Prather Ranch
            1 Ferry Bldg # 32, San Francisco, CA

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            1. re: Nate650

              Thanks! Will definitely be making a pie soon...

            2. suet or lard?

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              1. re: frontzNskrontz

                Suet is beef fat, lard is pork fat. Suet is used for Yorkshire pudding, mincemeat, and not much else. Lard was the fat of choice for piecrust in days gone by, and is great for pastry.

                1. re: Jack

                  I know. and prather is a beef ranch, no? so...they wouldnt have lard? or would they?
                  I have purchased suet from them and have made an excellent pie crust...

                  1. re: frontzNskrontz

                    Prather currently sells beef, pork, lamb, buffalo, vitellone, and chicken.

                    1. re: frontzNskrontz

                      This thread is about Prather Ranch's lard pie crust, so of course they have lard! :)

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                      Prather Ranch
                      1 Ferry Bldg # 32, San Francisco, CA

                    2. re: Jack

                      Suet is also used to fry fish and chips sometimes.

                      1. re: mrs bacon

                        And was the secret ingredient that gave McDonald's fries such a great taste for years.

                  2. Sounds like it would be excellent for a pot or fish pie, etc.

                    I wonder how to get it to work in a dutch oven or heavy skillet (camping). (I know, refrig case biscuits work easier).