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Nov 29, 2012 06:44 PM

Where to buy "real" lard?

I'm curious about doing some cooking with lard, but it's my understanding the lard in grocery stores is hydrogenated and lard that's untreated isn't? Does anyone know if Whole Foods or Central Market carries the real deal?

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  1. not sure, but dai due carries the real deal.
    you can pre-order it and pick it up from their kitchen downtown, or at the farmer's market.

    1. I remember this thread coming up before... I believe the general consensus was to check out Mexican markets, which often render their own:

      1. As noted, Dai Due has it, freshly rendered. You can pick it up at various farmer's markets, Republic Square on Saturday, the Triangle on Wednesday.

        Fiesta usually carries it as do various other Hispanic meat markets. Look/ask for "manteca".

        1. You can also buy 50/50 pork mix for cheap at many places around town - I think we got ours here: - and render your own lard. It's really easy, and your house will smell like a gently bubbling pig for days after. Plus, cracklings for cornbread.

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          1. re: addlepated

            50/50 will work, but you'll get much better lard by rendering just fat with minimal skin attached, preferably leaf lard. Back fat is good,too.

            1. re: addlepated

              I bought a container of something that appears to be lard from the Mi Pueblo market near Pflugerville. Some of the containers had particulate matter at the bottom. Nobody spoke any English but it only cost me $2.30. All I could get out of the guy is that it's from pork. My only concern is that it wasn't refrigerated. I will experiment and report back. Fried chicken and fries this weekend!

            2. +1 on Dai Due. I've bought it a couple times - it's very tasty, as it comes from high quality pork from local farms. The only hitch you might run into is that it might not be cost effective if you need a lot, like if you're using it to fry carnitas or something. If that's the case, I'd go for the lard at Fiesta.