Urban Basics

Getting back to basics in an urban setting

Learning to Render Lard

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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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Author: stephdt3

My 3 children and I live on 14 acres in Savannah Ga. I have worked hard at turning the property into a thriving, self sufficient homestead. It has been a learning experience and a lot of hard work but its so worth it. I don't understand how our country became so consumer driven. We have lost so much of our production way of life. It is my goal to get back to basics any way that I can. My three children used be so hooked on TV, video games, computers, iphones and ipads. And while they still like those things, they now spend just as much time outside as they do inside. I hope by learning to raise chickens and rabbits, growing gardens, raising goats and riding horses and spending more time outdoors in general, my children will learn to love and appreciate a simpler way of life. I knew nothing about homesteading when I started this journey but I have learned so much and love every minute of it.

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