Monday, November 22, 2010

I met someone who's never heard of pandora's box

I rendered some lard the other day, because I realized that the lard at the store is hydrogenated (hence its shelf-stability, duh), which is kind of a major part of the reason I buy lard instead of shortening. So, since Tipsy says it's doable, and I've been looking for more ridiculous cooking jobs to do, I got some leaf lard from my butcher of choice (Premium Meat--try their amazing bacon) and rendered it up in a pan. It was a . . . disquieting smell.
I'm not going to describe the whole process for you; Tipsy has already done an admirable job of it for us here, as well as in her new cookbook due in . . . 2011, I believe? I will be buying it, and so should you.

I'll still use store lard for making soap, but for pies and biscuits it's home-rendered all the way.

In other news, I finally finished Pinga's Christmas sock, just in time for her fourth Christmas. I'm super prompt that way. I started these long ago when we only had two children. Now they're all done, and I told John we're not having any more kids, because I'll be darned if I'm going to make another sock (ha! unintentional pun). Patchwork, boo! The effort, she is too much.
In agricultural news, it's WINTER CHORE SEASON. The lesson in Young Women yesterday was about being optimistic and having a positive attitude, so I will not complain about winter chore season. Instead I will say that I enjoyed spending time outside with John, stringing extension cords and wrapping the connections with plastic and tape so they don't short out, and scrubbing dust and poop and black mold out of the chicken and goat water buckets with baking soda.


tipsybaker said...

The penultimate picture of the lard, that's a classic.

Tori said...

Ugh, are you saying I have to render lard to make your pie? OR are you saying I might as well use Crisco? On the edge of my seat waiting for clarification.

Layne said...

Get store lard, it'll taste better than Crisco.

Melissa Cunningham said...

I don't even have lard in my house. Nor do I have Crisco. I used to, but after years of sitting in the cupboard going rancid, I thought, who am I kidding? I'm not going to use this! So I threw it out and haven't bought any since. LOL

Tori said...

You know, lard is so trendy and my local yuppie grocery store is so yuppie that maybe they even sell some sort of locally sourced and rendered lard. I wouldn't be surprised. I will strap on my snowshoes and go down there later.

kacy faulconer said...

I would have thought rendering lard smelled good.