Although this picture of perfectly creamy and silky pork lard looks like the Fairy Gutmother simply waved her magic wand, this Simple Steps video demonstrates Carley Smith’s process of rendering pork fat.
High in Vitamin D and monounsaturated fats (the healthy fats found in olive oil that help keep your energy levels stable), lard is a tasty and nutritious cooking staple. Click the link below to watch this quick, 3-minute video of Carley’s exquisite recipe: sizzling a pound of pork fat on the stovetop, transferring to the oven for a few hours on low, and straining.
Keep your homemade pork lard on hand for cooking and baking, and use your leftover crispies as salad toppings or a snack. Let’s get into the recipe!
Rendered Pork Fat
- 1 pound of pork fat, diced into small pieces (back fat, kidney fat, pork trimmings)
- OR Beef Suet for beef lard
- A third cup of filtered water
- Starting with a pound of chilled pork fat (back fat, kidney fat, pork trimmings), dice it into tiny pieces.
- Transfer it into a dutch oven and turn the stove top to medium heat. Add about a third cup of water to help absorb the heat. Stir continuouslay so the pork doesn’t burn on the bottom of the pan.
- Once the fat has cooked down for a few minutes, transfer to the oven at 250°F for about 2-3 hours.
- The liquid fat should be golden brown with some crispy pieces on top. Strain the liquid fat away from the crispies and into a new bowl. Allow fat to set and cool, evolving into a white cream with a silky texture.
- A few tips from the Fairy Gutmother: use to fry eggs, bake carrot raisin muffins, and fry the leftover pork crispies with some sea salt as a salad topper or snack. Enjoy!
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Carley Smith, aka The Fairy Gutmother, is a Nutritional Therapist and Certified GAPS Practitioner with a passion for helping others improve their gut & immune health. Carley was diagnosed with Lyme disease and practiced the ancient art of healing through food. Please visit Carley’s Featured Chef page and Fairy Gutmother for more information.