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Where can I buy lard near Silver Spring, Maryland?

GarySilverSpring Jul 24, 2011 03:22 PM

I am trying to make something using someone's grandmother's pie crust recipe, which calls for lard. But I am having trouble finding any. I would appreciate any suggestions on where to get good quality lard. Thanks.

Silver Spring, MD

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    flavrmeistr Jul 24, 2011 05:13 PM

    I'd say any grocery store, but you could try a Latin market. There are plenty around Silver Spring.

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      Steve Jul 24, 2011 06:03 PM

      You can find tubs labeled 'lard' at many Hispanic markets, and it will be no different than Crisco, so there is a question of terminology. Are you sure you need pork lard? I don't know much about shopping in MoCo, but it is not so easy to find in Arlington, where I have found glass jars of it at the meat counter in Food Star.

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        reiflame Jul 25, 2011 06:31 AM

        Amish markets are a dependable source of lard. There's one in Germantown and one in Laurel. Neither are particularly close to Silver Spring, unfortunately.

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          JonParker Aug 8, 2011 04:31 PM

          Truck Patch Farms, which sells at farmers markets throughout the area, carries pure leaf lard.

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          cambridgeMike Jul 24, 2011 06:21 PM

          you can get it at the bestway on piney branch

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            wayne keyser Jul 24, 2011 08:09 PM

            Any grocery with a latino food section. Lard in Spanish is "manteca" and 1-pound boxes of it are sure to be there, given its importance in latin recipes.

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              lalajane Aug 8, 2011 01:04 PM

              I have not been able to find the boxes! I only find the tubs, which is essentially "whipped" lard. Hydrogenated. My grandmother used to buy boxes that were basically large butter type boxes.

              But i also wasn't aware that the lard I am buying is not animal lard?

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              shellymck Jul 25, 2011 06:02 AM

              I noticed some at Giant in Wheaton yesterday--near the butter at the back of the store.

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                agarnett100 Jul 25, 2011 06:18 AM

                Try Pan Am grocery stores its a chain that caters towards latins -I have seen lard in the Laurel store they have one on Georgia Ave

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                  Steve Jul 25, 2011 06:50 AM

                  I bought some in a white plastic tub labeled lard as well as manteca, but it is not the same as pork lard and it seems like a vegetable shortening. So it might be perfect for pie crusts (I am guesing this is what the OP wants), but it would not be good for making carnitas.

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                  menmom1 Jul 26, 2011 02:40 PM


                  For the poster looking for "real leaf lard" or lard like your grandmother would use, try going to Hemp Meats which an old-fashioned butcher in Jefferson, MD area. We raise our own grassfed livestock and they butcher our beef and other animals for us in a USDA market.

                  Web site is below--


                  Also, next door is a great pastry/bake shop called Jefferson Pastries. Web site is below--


                  Good luck--

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                  1. re: menmom1
                    ivysmom Jul 26, 2011 03:28 PM

                    That's a good point, menmom1. When a recipe calls for lard, they mean lard, not Crisco. Sure, Crisco will make a decent pie crust & fat is fat. However, lard really makes the best old-fashioned pie crust and if that is what Gary is wanting, he'd best look for real lard. That is what was used "back in the day".

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