In an attempt to make the most out of what we have (and make the most homemade products), we tried our hand at making lard. Trust me- I never, ever, thought I’d even come in contact with lard, even Crisco is difficult for me to cook with, however since I wasn’t planning on consuming it, the process created its own appeal. As a kid, we had an antique decor in the kitchen- I recall copper pots, a Charles Chips can and a large of Home Rendered Lard… It looked like this:
Anyway, knowing that soaps need fat and that we had our (yummy) pork share from our friends at BlueBarnyard.com– I requested some fat, watched a tutorial from HealthNutNation and got to work.
Pork Back Fat
Cutting the Fat
1/2 inch cubes
1st look before rendering began.
The first rendering results
Ladeling the liquid fat into jars. Note- use a stainless steel funnel- ours melted.
2nd half of render
Immediate results after pouring through a sifter.
Next day solidified result. Snow white 1st rendering on the left; 2nd rendering on the right.