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How can I tell if it's lard or just plain old fat?

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How can I tell if it's lard or just plain old fat?

sufunsified | Feb 2, 2010 09:57 AM

I went to the butcher today to get lard for making tamale dough. I live in Amsterdam, so I'm not sure if the chunk-o-stuff I got today is really lard (I made sure to look up the correct term in Dutch, so there wasn't a language mistake). It's a white chunk of fatty substance with a porky smell and pink bands mixed in. Is there a way to tell if this is lard? If it's not lard, what's the best way to turn it into lard?

Many thanks in advance! I'm having a dinner party tomorrow and really need to get my animal fat in order before 12 people come in search of artery-clogging deliciousness.

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