Urban Basics

Getting back to basics in an urban setting


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Learning to Render Lard

The pigs were delivered today in cute little white packages.
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The first pig dressed out at 133 pounds and the second was 137 lbs. They didn’t seem that big but I am happy with the amount of pork I now have in my fridge and freezer. I sold one pig to a friend and I have the other.
I have all the pig fat and have been reading up on how to render lard. SO today I started my first attempt ever at making lard. Two things I didn’t know that I do know now:
1. Its very easy to render lard but it is time consuming
2. It STINKS! My whole house now smells like hot pig fat.
I have company coming in the morning so Im cringing… can you imagine what my house is going to smell like to guests? ew..
I just finished my first quart of lard.unnamed (17)
I just hope the rest of it finishes before I fall asleep. I made the mistake of putting large pieces of fat in the crock pot so its taking a very long time to melt down. Once its melted down, I will use a piece of cheesecloth and spoon the hot lard into the mason jar through the cheesecloth to filter any pieces of meat or gristle.


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The pigs have left the building!

The two pigs have been loaded on the truck and carted off to the butcher today. I cant wait to get all that meat loaded into my freezer. This is the first set of large animals raised for meat on our little farm. I learned a lot and hope to raise more pigs in the future. Now… if I could just figure out how to feed them cheaper… FYI… pigs eat A LOT!!unnamed (6)