If you’ve been following this blog for the last couple of weeks you may have read my post on finding lard.
What I thought would have been an easy to accomplish task turned out to be a treasure hunt of sorts. Going from one store to the next, in order to find the lard I was looking for.
If you are new to this blog and are wondering “Why in the world does this woman want to cook with lard in the year 2010?” I’ll give you a little background on why.
After reading up on some literature, specifically the cookbook Nourishing Traditions, by Sally Fallon, I found out that most vegetable oils, especially the ones that have been commercially produced, are rancid when you buy them, and when you heat them to high temperatures they basically hydrolyze.
What does this mean for you?
It means that while you may be trying your best to avoid hydrogenated oils and trans fats, if you are cooking (especially frying) with these store bought veggie oils, you are still eating the hydrogenated oils and trans fats.
That is to say, since the oils hydrolyze at high temperatures, you are basically consuming the trans fats that are formed when you cook with these oils.
So….. I went on a mission to try to consume less of the vegetable oils from the store and switch to oils that do not hydrolyze and produce trans fats when I cook them.
Lard turned out to be one such oil.
And so this led to my mission to finding lard in my area.
Anyhoo, so this is how I came across my most sought after fat.
Today was grocery day for me and I was moseying through the grocery store (as I do now that my kids get to play in the supervised kid’s area while I shop).
I was walking by all of the traditional “flavor meats”. You know, things like ham hocks, smoked turkey necks etc. I wasn’t really looking for these things, but just so happened to notice a white tub, right in the middle of this section.
The tub had the word “LARD” in bright blue lettering.
Of course I was in awe, considering I had been looking for this stuff for two months and had no luck finding lard near me. I was actually going to resort to ordering it online.
I had been looking for it in the oils and shortenings aisle of the grocery store, and had never even considered that it would be in the refrigerated section.
Good find! It was only $1.99 for a pound, which is great for me, since I don’t do much frying. Just the occasional potato or chicken wing.
Now I’m really interested in how finding lard and cooking with it will effect the flavor of the food I cook in it.
I’m from the “shortening and margarine” generation myself, so I don’t think I’ve ever really eaten anything that was cook or fried in lard.
This will be a new experience. Next time I fry some potatoes and chicken I’ll be sure to let you guys know how it turns out.
Have you had any luck finding lard in your area? And if so, where did you find it?