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what do i do with all this fatback / pork fat!?!

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what do i do with all this fatback / pork fat!?!

dumpycactus | Jan 6, 2011 11:38 AM

i'm a recovering vegetarian, as my SO's mum raises organic heritage pigs who refuse to drink water (only hops and whey for them!).

how could i refuse?

so i have a lot of access to fatback, with no ideas what to do with them. it is all white with skin, and there doesn't appear to have any meat at all on them. i also have a piece with a tail attached.

i found a recipe for lardo ( http://eatlocal.wordpress.com/2008/08... ), but is there anything more immediate that i could enjoy it with? say for example... some bean dish? rice? anything!

i don't have access to salt pork, nor do i know how to use either of them. i would prefer not to use any bacon in large quantities, because it's just so expensive (her bacon, at least. i can't justify bringing supermarket bacon into my life). i don't know if i should chop this up, melt it, throw away the skin, or whatever! i just don't know what to do with raw animal parts.

also, she won't let me have any leaf lard, so i don't know how this translates to pie-making for me.

thanks in advance!

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