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Leaf Lard or other good lard where to buy

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busy lizzy

Leaf Lard or other good lard where to buy

Living in the east just outside of Pittsburgh PA I would love to buy leaf lard or other good lard . No one knows what I'm talking about when I ask if they sell it.  On this site I saw several places that do sell it  but with the cost of the lard and shipping i think it was over $10.00 a pd. Any help?

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andrew_cookbooker

You might want to call around to local butchers. I don't live anywhere near PA, but I started also looking for leaf lard for pastry recently, and couldn't find it anywhere. Then I talked to our local butcher, who said they could supply me with back fat for rendering quite cheaply since people rarely bought it. I was considering it, and then I remembered a local organic farm I see at our farmer's market. I called them and they also told me that they don't normally sell pig fat, since nobody seems to want it, but that they could get some saved for me at the slaughterhouse the next time they send their pigs off.


So now they have 10 lbs of back fat and the leaf lard from one of their heritage pigs in their freezer for me. I'm going to drive up there in a few days to get it. And the cost: $1.50 per lb.


Of course, I'll have to render it myself. But this is simple - lots of techniques posted online. You get about 60-70% of the weight of the unrendered fat as lard. Then I'll have free-range, home-rendered lard, full of omega 3s etc.

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BettyR

I don't know if you have a large Hispanic population or not but if you do try stores that carry those products. Hispanic people use lard in a lot of their cooking.

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GTurch52

I've orderd from this place in the past and even visited them last fall.  W W W . D I E T R I C H S M E A T S . C O M.  They are located in Krumsville, PA, right off a highway.  Ypu can order anything over the phone, but they don't take credit cards.  They tell you the amount, you mail them a check, and when the check clears, they send you the product(s).  The same goes for when you visit the store.  It's a nice place.  It was worth the trip from Long Island, NY.


Guy Turchiano

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breadbaby

Thank you so much for this link!  I have been looking for a good source of good lard (not that stuff from the grocery store that has "preservatives" in it) for ages and never heard of these folks before and I am from PA even.  My grandmother used to make the most wonderful bread, and I have begun to think that lard was the source of the unique taste of her bread, but lard is good for so many things, and contrary to popular belief, is not unhealthy at all.  So once again, thank you so much for posting the link!

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lkarner

Hello,


There is a website out of Shushan, New York, www.flyingpigsfarm.com that sells leaf lard.  You may want to check that out.  The average package is approximately 1-1/4 pounds and the cost for that is $5.00 plus shipping.  However, you must render it yourself (not difficult).  They include instructions on how to do this.  I don't know what their shipping costs are.  I buy mine from a local farmer and render it.  It takes time but is very easy.  I freeze it.  It's wonderful to use in pie crusts.  Hope this will help you.


Linda

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lkarner

I'm so sorry but I gave you an incorrect web address for the flying pigs farm.  It is www.flyingpigs.com.


Thanks.


Linda

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lkarner

Good grief, I must be having a "senior" moment.  I gave you the correct website for the flying pigs farm the first time.  It is www.flyingpigsfarm.com.  I'm so sorry about this.


Linda

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rftsr

I've had them ship leaf lard to Florida and then I freeze it immediately. They produce a quality product.

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katerisingsun

I'm wondering if the person from Pittsburgh ever found any place local that sells it.  I also live about 80 miles east of Pittsburgh and have had the same experience that no one knows what it is.  Thanks to all the others for the various websites.  I'd like to buy local if possible. 

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katerisingsun

I recently purchased a 50/50 blend of leaf lard and lard at Marty's Market, Smallman St. in the strip district of Pittsburgh.  I also purchased unrendered leaf lard there to make my own.  Steve, the person I spoke with there says they have the unrendered type from time to time but carry their own blend all the time.  

Marty's Market, LLC412.586.7177Hope this works for you.