Rendering lard is SO much easier than you would expect! I just made my first batch recently and was pleasantly surprised at a) how easy it is to make it (when using a slow-cooker) and b) how delicious it makes my roasted veggies.
One HUGE word of caution. Before going any further I want to clarify that quality is EVERYTHING in order for lard to be healthy and beneficial for you. You ONLY want to render lard (and eat ANY pork products, for that matter) if you are able to get pork fat from an organic, pastured, Weston A. Price raised pig.
Why is this such a big deal? Pigs do not eat grass, so there is no such thing as a grass-fed pig (like I originally thought…oops). Pigs are raised solely on grain which honestly isn’t great. However, that’s just what they eat. They don’t like greens, I guess.
So, if you have an animal that eats only grains, most likely they are being fed conventional GMO, Monsanto-nightmare corn, soy, wheat….etc etc. NOT GOOD AT ALL! However, those poor pigs don’t know any better. So don’t blame them. Instead, shake your head an the farmer who just wants to fatten them up for thick slices of bacon.
What SHOULD a healthy pig be eating??? Listen close. They should be eating Organic, Non-GMO grains and Grass-fed, Organic Whey. Period.
This is straight from my local farmers mouth. She is well versed in Organic farming and Weston A. Price principles and raises the healthiest pork and grass-fed, grass-finished beef on the planet. This is what she told me. Don’t settle for anything less IF you decide to eat pork and render your own whey.
Now that I got the logistics out of the way, I am excited to share with you this easy and delicious recipe for organic lard. I have been loving it in our grain-free tortillas and roasted veggies lately.
I also learned that lard is a great source of Vitamin D as well! So, find yourself some organic, pastured pig fat and render away!