This was a conversation that started 2 years ago when the NY Times article about how amazing leaf lard is for making pie crust came out. Everyone was looking for leaf lard. Now here we are, 2 years later, and to this day I still don't know where in the world to find it in the LA area that is rendered. I bought the unrendered version at Surfas, and attempted to render it myself today. Whoever decided that is was an okay thing to do in a small kitchen...at best has more talent, a better kitchen vent, and stronger stomach than I do, and is at worst a filthy liar! Serioiusly...that was disgusting. Despite having all windows open and fans going, my whole apartment still smells like pig guts, not to mention my hair and clothes. AND, to add insult to injury, I let it cook for a minute too long and now it's burnt. All that for something that I maybe could use for beans, but certainly not pie crust. I'm so discouraged. Is the anywhere anyone has found in LA where I can buy it pre-rendered? Or am I just going to have to give in and order it online from some East coast farm?