How to Make  Pork Lard

Servings: 3 pints Prep Time: 20 minutes Cook Time: 5-8 hours

Pork lard is a great versatile cooking fat to have on hand. It's a great fat for cooking wild game or other lean meats and can also be used for baking.

Ingredients: – Pork Fat You can use leaf fat or back fat. Leaf fat will create a more mild lard that is great for baking and cooking. Back fat is more suitable for cooking meat than baking.

Cut pork fat into small pieces or grind it to speed up the process. If you're grinding the fat, do it when the fat is slightly frozen to avoid gunking up your grinder.

Add cut or ground pork fat to crockpot or pot on the stove. Turn crockpot on to low heat or turn the burners on to super low heat for several hours until fat is rendered.

Don't remove any of the rendered lard until all the fat appears to be cooked. If the remaining fat hasn't reached a safe temperature and you remove some of the lard, you could contaminate the lard with unwanted bacteria. But, you can start removing some of the lard before it is completely rendered.

Place a small mesh strainer over a glass jar and line it with cheesecloth. Pour lard over cheesecloth and into the jar. Place lid on jar and allow to cool at room temperature.

Lard should be clear white to milky in color when it is in liquid form. It should turn white once it's fully cooled.

Store jars in the freezer for optimal freshness.

Use lard for cooking steaks, making biscuits, cooking ground meat, and more!