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How to differentiate between unrendered leaf and regular lard?

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How to differentiate between unrendered leaf and regular lard?

biondanonima | | Sep 15, 2013 11:55 AM

I was in a new-to-me butcher shop yesterday and asked on a whim if they carried leaf lard. The gentleman helping me replied that they did, so I bought a couple of pounds. He cut it off of a larger piece, which made me wonder if it was actually leaf lard or just a chunk of fat from another part of the animal. I've never butchered a pig or seen it done, so I've no idea what leaf lard should look like, and this being a new-to-me store, I don't know if they're trustworthy or if the counter guys really know what they're doing.

Anyway, what I got is fairly white, with only a few small bits of meat/sinew in it. It crumbled a bit when I cut it up and seems to be rendering quite easily. For those of you who have experience with rendering lard, what do you think? Thanks in advance!

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