Your grandparents did it, their parents did it too. But in the last 30 years or so lard, like many other animal products, has been unjustly persecuted for crimes it never committed. Our body is well designed to run primarily on fat as a source of energy, in fact, research shows it may be our bodies preferred source. So if you're still steaming your chicken breast, boiling your vegetables and smearing low-fat spread on your toast, you might be interested in this article http://bringinghomepaleo.com/geek-out/fat-is-good/.
HOW TO MAKE LARD
Tools You Will Need:
1kg Pork Fat
Air tight Jar for storage.
Muslin cloth or sieve.
1.Cut your pork fat into small pieces
2.Warm your pot to a medium heat (too hot and you will burn the fat- tainting the color and flavor)
3. Add some of your pork fat to the pot, just covering the bottom.
4. Keep an eye on this as it melts, you can add more fat. Be careful of fat splattering out- this is why your pit needs to be deep, but do not put a lid on the pot.
5. As your solid fat renders into liquid fat, you can pour it into your jar through a sieve.
6. The solid fat will shrink until they become like little croutons but will then quickly burn so don't let these sit in your pot for too long.
7. Once all your fat is in the jar and has cooled down, (if you put the lid on while the jar is still hot the glass may break) you can put the lid on and put it in the fridge for later use.
Lard is great to cook with, when refrigerated, it scoops easily. It makes pastries fluffy, fried food crunchy and it doesn't have a bold taste. No wonder our ancestors loved it so much, and no wonder there are so many artificial and man-made products out there replicating it's desirable properties (ie margerine). Unfortunately these products don't hold the same health benefits as lard and we are learning that these products are actually causing more harm than good.
People are beginning to question the modern day low-fat diet. Has it made us thinner or more healthy? Nope, far from it. Weren't our grandfathers leaner, stronger and more healthful than us when they we're our age? Yes; they'd scarcely heard of adult
-onset diabetes and obesity let alone child
-onset diabetes and obesity.
So do some research on the matter and get your lard on!