Leaf lard is the premium type of lard for making deliciously rich pastry. It’s collected from around the hog’s kidneys and is very fine indeed. It’s not easy to find, but here are two sources where it may be ordered in small quantities or by the pound:
Dietrich’s Country Store sells leaf lard for $2.50/pound. They don’t do online shopping, nor do they take credit cards. Give them a call (610-756-6344), place your order, and send your check to them at 660 Old 22, Lenharts ville, Pa 19524.
The Flying Pigs Farm in New York sells it in packages ranging from $3 to $5 (you’ll need to render this yourself). Look in the section of the site called “For the Serious Cook”.
where, oh where, can i find leaf lard?