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Today is Lard Day

08 December is Lard Day.

Before you throw yourself off a tall building at the mere thought of consuming lard, you should do some actual research, rather be misled by its past stigma.

Lard is fat from the pig, prepared in both rendered and unrendered forms. It is a semi-soft white fat derived from fatty parts of the pig, with a high saturated fatty acid content and no trans fat.

Back in the 1990s and early 2000s, lard’s unique properties led to its partial rehabilitation among “foodies”. Negative publicity about the trans fat content of the partially hydrogenated vegetable oils in vegetable shortening has also contributed to its revival.

I’d simplify things still further, and simply say that like most panics and fads about foods, they’re nearly all pointless.

Provided you don’t eat any food to excess, and maintain a reasonable balance in what you eat, you can please yourself, and there will be no problems.

And, no, I’m not even going to go anywhere near any of religious nonsense spouted about food. END!

There is also, I think, some social stigma associated with it, and thoughts of poverty.

As far as I know, it never did me any harm, and my ‘elders’ came from a time when EVERYTHING was fried and soaked in lard!

Some even used it as a spread, just like butter. (No, not me, I thought the stuff was like white car grease.)

But I do know it is used in lots of fried goodies I like, and even in their preparation, so while I might support it directly, I guess you could say I’ve kept the tradition alive.

I was stuck for the usual pic. How do you make a pic of a white brick look like something?

Then I found this.

Lard

Lard

 

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Dec 8, 2018 - Posted by | Civilian |

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