For some time, we have been lead to believe that cooking with lard is bad for us and unhealthy. While this might be true about the processed, commercial lard found in today's supermarkets, the fact that homemade rendered lard prepared from natural, pastured pork is a healthy fat and excellent for many baking, frying, and other cooking purposes. Indeed, pastured pork produces lard that has many of the same health benefits as olive oil - and is unsurpassed in certain recipes for producing light, flaky pastries and tasty, non-greasy fried foods.
If you have a source for high-quality pork fat from well-raised, pastured pigs, then you should learn how simple it is to start making lard and begin using it in your home-cooking and recipes. On this page I will show you step-by-step how to easily prepare lard at home, talk in more detail about why lard is in fact good for you and your food, and also about how to find the right sources for lard near you if you are not currently raising your own pigs - and truthfully, how many of you are? Probably not many, but I'll bet you can find a source near you.