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Where can I buy lard near Silver Spring, Maryland?

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.

Gary
Silver Spring, MD

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

    1. 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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      1. re: Steve

        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.

        1. re: Steve

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

        2. you can get it at the bestway on piney branch

          1. 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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            1. re: wayne keyser

              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?

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

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              1. re: shellymck

                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

                1. re: shellymck

                  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.

                2. Hi,

                  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--

                  www.hempsmeat.com

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

                  www.jeffersonpastryshoppe.com

                  Good luck--

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                  1. re: menmom1

                    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".