How to Render Pig Fat
How to render pig fat for homemade lard you ask? You didn’t ask? Let me share anyway because you never know when you will need to.
Wilbur and Mabel lived a good life, complete with back scratches, sprays with the hose on hot days, and lots of goat milk as treats.
Well, all good things must come to an end and that end was the butcher making a house call.
Not going to lie, it was pretty cool, and humbling, to see this come full circle.
Well, The Principal wanted to keep the fat so we could render it. Um. OK?
After some research I decided this wouldn’t be that hard to do.
It actually wasn’t hard at all, just made for a long day as we did 5 rounds for a total of 15 pints. Yes, we had fatty pigs and if we ever raise pigs again their diets will be different.
Prepare the Fat
You need to cut the fat up. We did strips and I do believe squares would have been much more efficient.
Boil the Fat
Next, you will boil the fat down. Do this over medium heat. Stir often, about every 10-15 minutes.
We did boiled down the fat a total of 5 times!
One article I read suggested using a crockpot.
I did put some in my crockpot while we rendered the rest. It took MUCH longer than over the stove so we finished that batch on the stove. Difference being might be you don’t have to watch it quite so closely or only have a small batch to do.
It will start to melt and you will have chunks of fat left behind.
Those chunks will start to ‘pop’ and sink, that is when you know the fat is rendered.
You can use cheesecloth or, in our case, a paper towel in a METAL strainer. We strained it into our goat milk bucket because it is also metal. We used a plastic colander….it is now no longer. I am not sure WHY I didn’t think of this. Major fail. This metal one might be better
HOT HOT HOT
This stuff is hot oil so please use precautions when pouring into your canning jars.
I put the empty jars on a cookie sheet and put them in a 175 degree oven to be warm when it was time to pour the melted fat into them. I didn’t want cold jars to crack or explode from the heat of the oil. I don’t know if that would happen, but I wanted to be safe.
We placed the lids and rings on and inverted the jars so the heat could seal them. We left them like this for about 15 minutes. Turned them right side up they would pop after a few minutes.
These are cracklins. I guess they are popular in the south. You can salt them and bake them. I am not sure what we will do with them. UPDATE: We ate them and Mmmmm so good!
5 Uses for Rendered Pig Fat aka Lard
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