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Posted 2/18/2017 10:41am by Sarah Parker.

Lard is an incredibly stable saturated fat that is nutritious and extremely useful – and one of the best oils to use when cooking at high temperatures. There is a general misconception that cooking with fat can be bad for your health and cholesterol; however, there is an important distinction between quality dietary fats and the type of fat and cholesterol found in clogged arteries and vessels.

Lard Rendering

We pride ourselves in using every part of every animal we raise on our farm. The rendering from last season’s hog processing will produce more than 100 gallons of the highest quality cooking fat with the best nutrition.

When the days are cold and windy and the indoors are more comfortable than the snowy grounds around the farm, I pack the boxes of fat saved from last fall's hog processing into my Jeep and head to my Amish friend Sarah’s house for the day to begin rendering fat for family and my customers. Sarah Shetler is a healer in her community and I am a nurse in mine, so you can imagine the time we have spent together discussing health topics!

My husband Rob and I start the process at home by thawing one 50lb box of fat and cutting it into small chunks. When I arrive at the Shetler Farm, the cast iron cauldron in the basement is warm from a crackling woodfire enclosed beneath. The room is warm and the conversations are lively and filled with laughter.

Lard Pouring

As the lard renders down with a busy boil, we set up the lard press and prepare to separate the liquid lard from the cracklins (bits that didn't cook down). Hot panfuls are emptied into the press until it is full and the lid is screwed down with a hand crank, squeezing the cracklins into a cake at the bottom of the press and collecting the liquid fat in large stainless steel pans. We usually wind up with 3-4 cracklin cakes 3 inches high. We carefully transfer the liquid lard from the large pans to mason jars for sealing.

We pass along the love and care that went into each jar when we share the fruits of our labor with our customers, and there is nothing we enjoy more than helping our customers remain healthy with the highest quality products we can provide from our farm.

Lard Final Product


Learn more about the benefits of cooking with lard:

10 Reasons You Should Be Cooking with Lard
Huffington Post

Lard is Healthy: 10 Reasons to Bring Lard Back
Empowered Sustenance

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