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Old 11-21-2012, 16:57   #1
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I've been meaning to fry something in lard for a while now. I think I had some residual doubt about it making things taste odd or something. But wow... I fried mozza sticks and fish in it last night and it was AMAZING.

I've tried making mozza sticks at home in vegetable oil and by oven roasting, and they just didn't work. In the lard they were crispy on the outside but not greasy!

The fish (I'm not zero carbing so they had some bread crumbs on them) were SO GOOD too, again the coating was crispy and not soggy.

Best of all, the house didn't smell like oil when I was done!

I did watch the temp of the oil fairly closely and it never got above 360. Lard has a fairly low smoke point.

Has anyone else rediscovered the joy of frying in lard?

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Years ago when we lived on a farm and raised hogs, I always received a tub of lard whenever we had a hog butchered, and never knew what to do with it.

I remember the time I tried to make a pie crust with lard, having heard how my ex's grandmother made such wonderful pies with lard. Oh my, the pie crust literally melted in the oven, spilled over the sides of the pie pan and made the most amazing mess!! So I never tried using it again.

So I haven't tried frying food in lard, but recently I pan-fried chicken in coconut oil and it was amazingly good! The family loved it. I coated it with egg wash, crushed pork rinds mixed with some almond flour and flax meal and seasonings.

I'm surprised you can even find lard any more, it got such a bad rep back in the day when everyone thought saturated fats were unhealthy. Sad, really.

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Years ago when we lived on a farm and raised hogs, I always received a tub of lard whenever we had a hog butchered, and never knew what to do with it.

I remember the time I tried to make a pie crust with lard, having heard how my ex's grandmother made such wonderful pies with lard. Oh my, the pie crust literally melted in the oven, spilled over the sides of the pie pan and made the most amazing mess!! So I never tried using it again.

So I haven't tried frying food in lard, but recently I pan-fried chicken in coconut oil and it was amazingly good! The family loved it. I coated it with egg wash, crushed pork rinds mixed with some almond flour and flax meal and seasonings.

I'm surprised you can even find lard any more, it got such a bad rep back in the day when everyone thought saturated fats were unhealthy. Sad, really.

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here in California Lard is in every store just about. Not only that it is usually the biggest section of all the oil's

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When shopping the grocery stores for lard, be aware that much of it has been hydrogenated, which makes it much less healthy. Read the labels. And look for natural leaf lard - it's the best.

Leave it to the food industry to screw up a perfectly good natural fat.





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