Recently, one of our subscribers asked this question, What Is Rendering Lard? So, I decided to answer it by sharing information I got right out of The Lost Ways Book written by Claude Davis.
Rendering Lard is a pretty simple process that transforms animal waste products into a stable and usable material. Rendering is basically the processing of any animal products into a more useful material or to be more precise, it’s the rendering of the entire animals fatty tissue into a purified fat like tallow or lard.
Lard is basically fat from a pig or wild hog in both its unrendered and rendered forms. The lard is derived from the fatty parts of the pig and is a semi-soft white fat that contains no trans fat but is highly saturated with fatty acids. Making quality lard for cooking does vary depending on the origin of the animal product and the processing method used. Don’t worry, you are going to learn how to make the best lard for cooking just like our forefathers made it.
In 19th century America, every American household used lard for cooking just like we use butter today. In fact, using lard was a baking and cooking staple in every pioneer recipe. Lard can be used for many other things as well. In 1854, J. Stonesifer from Boonesborogh patented a lamp the he specifically designed to use lard as fuel. Lards popularity decreased during the Industrial Revolution because vegetable oil became much more affordable and common.
However, lard made a huge comeback during World War II and was used as a substitute for butter because of shortages. My grandmother used lard in most of her recipes. I always thought grandma was the best cook in the world. Especially, whenever I would try to cook one of her delicious recipes. I would fail miserably because I was missing the most important ingredient which was lard. Now my kitchen smells just like my grandmothers cooking when I was a kid.
How To Render Lard: The Right Way Just Like How The Early Pioneers Did It – The Lost Ways
I’m going to show you how to make Homemade Lard just like the early pioneers. This is the same exact method used by American pioneers that I found inside The Lost Ways Book written by best selling author Claude Davis. Before I give you the step-by-step instructions, check out the video above. You’ll get to see the same method for rendering lard that I’m going to share with you today. Go ahead and watch the video so you can see how it’s and then we’ll get started.
I hope you enjoyed the video as much as I did. Now that you’ve seen how to render lard for yourself. It’s time to go ahead and start rendering your lard. I know it’s hard to remember everything in the video so I’m going to give you instructions as well We’ll go over each step of the way so you’ll have no problems rendering your lard. As I mentioned earlier, lard can be used for much more than cooking. I gave you an example above of how lard was used for fuel for lamps.
Rendered lard can also be used to make soap and can also be used as a biofuel as well. Lard can also be used as a poultice to apply to burns, cuts and inflamed areas of the skin. Lard can also be used as a balm that will moisturize and protect your skin from cracking and chapping. Lard was also be used as a lubricant as it was used for Revolutionary War and Civil War muskets as well as other rifles from that time period.
How To Render Lard
- Pork leaf fat
- 1 cup of water
Things You’ll Need:
- 1 large pot
- 1 wooden spoon
- 1 sharp knife
Now that you know the history of rendering lard and what it what used for. It’s time to gather everything we need to Render Lard and get started. You can use lard from any part of the pig that has a high concentration of fatty tissue. The best grade of lard you can buy is known as leaf lard which can be found at your local meat market. Leaf Lard is the “flare” visceral fat deposit surrounding the inside of the loin and kidneys.
The first thing you want to do is cut your lap fat into small one niche squares. The smaller the pieces the better because the smaller pieces will allow the leaf fat to melt faster. You can try it with larger pieces but it will take you much longer. It would be a good idea if you can get your butcher to grind up your leaf fat. This will save you a lot of time and actually allow you to make even more lard if it’s grinder down
After you have cut you leaf fat into small one niche pieces, it’s time to add the contents into your pot. Rendering Lard is very easy if you cut the pieces of fat into the smallest pieces you can. The next thing you want to do is set your stovetop to medium heat and add a cup of water to the bottom of your pot. It will evaporate away during the rendering process and keep the leaf fat from burning and sticking to the bottom of your pot.
Add your leaf fat to the pot and stir it every minute or so for the first ten minutes with a wooden spoon and then stir it every five minutes or so. It’s important to note that you should always use a wooden spoon for this process and it will be a good idea to add a little bit of water as you need so the leaf fat won’t stick to the bottom of your pan.
After about thirty minutes or so, your lard will begin to boil. It is very important to reduce the heat at this point and continue to stir it with your wooden spoon every few minutes.
When your lardons turned golden just like in the image below, go ahead and remove your pot from the heat and wait for about five minutes before removing the lardons. Your lardons will continue to cook during this five minute period.
If you remove the pot as soon as they are done, the lard will burn and will not be white. The lard will still taste great however and you can still use so all is not lost should you make this mistake. Claude used approximately four and a half pounds of leaf fat and he kept it on the heat for about 35 to 40 minutes.
The next step is to remove the delicious golden crispy lardons with your spotted spoon or your strainer. The next thing you’ll do is to filter the lard through a fine-meshed sieve.
Pour your lard into glass jars or metal containers or pots. In order to prevent your jars from breaking, you can either heat them up a little bit before pouring your lard into them or you can wait a few minutes for your lard to get a little bit cooler.
Make sure that you do not wait too long because your lard will turn solid but you can always heat it up again. Make sure that if you are using metal containers that they are enamel or your lard will go rancid. You definitely don’t want that to happen so make sure you are using the right containers.
Now crew the cap on the jar as tight as you can after your lard has hardened into a solid state.
Your lard will last up to a year or even up to two years if the fat is smoked beforehand. In order to preserve your lard for as long as possible. It needs to be stored cool, dry dark place.
Preserving Meat For A Year With Your Lard
If you want to preserve your meat for long periods of time, cut it into small pieces and put them into jars. Then pour some hot Rendered Lard over the it making sure that that you completely cover the meat and have at least an inch of clear lard. Wait for your lard to solidify and then tightly screw all of the caps on the jars.
You can use this method to conserve raw meat but it will only last about 30 days or 1 calendar month. In order to preserve your meat for up to a year, you need to smoke your meat for a couple of days beforehand. Then you can fry the meat and start placing it into containers completely covering it with your lard. You can repeat this process with homemade sausages as well.
The absolute best way to cook this meat is to just put it into a pan with a spoonful of your homemade lard until it is hot. The pieces of meat will be extremely tender and juicy. You do need to be very careful preserving meat using this method because it will only last no more than a couple of months. Remember, you enamel metal containers or jars must be stored in a cool dry place.
Now You Know How To Render Lard The Pioneer Way And How To Store It Properly!
I learned how to make lard in Claude Davis’s best selling book The Lost Ways. The step-by-step instructions on this page are directly from to book. Learning how to make your own homemade lard is just one of many skills you’ll learn once you read this AMAZING book. There are 430 pages of lost skills used by our forefathers on a daily basis just to survive an unforgiving North American continent.
Each chapter is better than the next as you’ll be taken back in time and see what it was really like to live in 19th century America. The Lost Ways Book is actually more than a collection of survival skills lost to us generations ago. It’s also a book of American History and heritage as it gives you an intimate look inside the lives of our forefathers as they built the greatest country ever known in the history of the world. You are literally stepping into a time machine once you open this book!
You will learn an array of survival skills that you can actually use in your everyday life. You’ll learn how to build a self feeding fire, how to make chunos (an Inca survival food), how to make native American pemmican, how to make hardtack and so much more. As an added bonus, Claude added a chapter in his book called Lost Pioneer Recipes From The 18th Century. This is definitely one of my favorite chapters in the book. You will get 32 AUTHENTIC mouth watering pioneer recipes that you and your entire family are absolutely going to love.
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