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fresh (rendered) lard?

GDSwamp May 6, 2013 12:12 PM

Does anyone know of a butcher that definitely sells fresh, non-hydrogenated lard in Philly?

Lots of places have the blocks of solid hydrogenated stuff, but I'm looking for plan rendered lard that's semi-liquid at room temperature (and better for you).

I tried a bunch of the butchers in the Italian Market today and no one had it, but some of the main sellers are closed on Mondays....

  1. sockii Jul 5, 2013 05:09 PM

    Um, I will just mention that my mom raises pastured hogs and I have a freezer literally overflowing with just-butchered pork fat (back fat and leaf) at the moment over in South Jersey. I just render my own lard constantly from it but have so much fat from our pigs, I'd be happy to talk to anyone who wants to render their own. It's super simple and I have a crazy supply right now of the good stuff.

    1. Mawrter May 11, 2013 05:58 PM

      I've gotten it at one of the butchers (sorry, forget which one) at the Strafford farmers market on Lancaster Avenue. Also from the occasional pork guy at the Phoenixville Farmers Market. Not Countrytime, the other guy that also sells honey & non-organic produce. Aha: Hoagland Farms.


      Oh, and yeah -- as others have mentioned about other sources, neither of these two consistently have lard. But they're happy to take requests and I've never had to wait long for it.

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        pschneider May 10, 2013 07:44 AM

        Most any Mexican grocery should have it. I get it at the butcher/grocery at the corner of 9th and Ellsworth.

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          Bigley9 May 6, 2013 12:38 PM

          Check with the Fair Food Farmstand - they usually have frozen lard (and leaf lard)

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            cwdonald May 6, 2013 12:39 PM

            Bigley you are always full of intriguing information. What pray tell is leaf lard?

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              janmcbaker May 6, 2013 12:51 PM

              Here ya go......


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                cwdonald May 6, 2013 12:58 PM

                Thanks Jan.

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                  Bigley9 May 6, 2013 05:36 PM

                  Thanks for stepping up Jan!

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                GDSwamp May 6, 2013 08:11 PM

                Alright Bigley, I may check that out, thanks. My hope is that Sonny D'Angelo sells some as well, so I can pick it up before the weekend.

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                  Bigley9 May 6, 2013 08:56 PM

                  Didn't think about Sonny - he'll probably be a good source, even if you have to call ahead.

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                    GDSwamp May 7, 2013 11:25 AM

                    They've got it! Closed today but tomorrow I'll be good to go. thank God for Sonny (and more proof that the people who don't buy there just because he's a little moody are missing out).

                    Butchers up and down the Italian Market told me no one asks for the stuff, which is a shame because rendered (non-hydrogenated) leaf lard is amazing for baking and frying, and is on the healthy end of the cooking-oil spectrum (not true of the solid, hydrogenated lard you can get in the supermarket):


                    You can get it in butcher shops and pork stores in NYC but I guess demand in Philly is still dragging behind the food science. Although it's also possible that supply is dragging behind demand. The butcher at Cappuccio's told me, with perfect pretzel-logic,

                    "We don't stock fresh lard - nobody wants it. That's why we have the blocks of solid stuff. And now everybody wants fresh lard!"

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                      Boognish May 7, 2013 12:39 PM

                      Was the lard you purchased from D'Angelo's leaf lard?

                      I wish someone would carry fat back and caul fat around here.

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                        Bigley9 May 7, 2013 01:44 PM

                        I think I have gotten caul fat from Sonny D'A in the past

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                          GDSwamp May 7, 2013 01:46 PM

                          Haven't got it yet. But I'd imagine he's likely to have any of the above.

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                            Boognish May 7, 2013 03:41 PM

                            I know he doesn't carry caul fat (or at least didn't when I asked a few years ago). I'll definitely ask about the fatback. Maybe the Fair Food Farmstand can help out.

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                  barryg May 6, 2013 12:34 PM

                  I've gotten it from stalls at Headhouse Farmer's Market before... I forget who it was, and they had to bring it the subsequent week as they didn't bring it with them usually.

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