I'm making Carnitas tomorrow, using this carnitas recipe from "Tacolicious", found at serious eats:
Recipe calls for 1/2 cup of lard, but the markets in my area only had humongous tubs of lard. I was going to use oil instead but the pork butt I bought had a huge fat cap on the bottom. I chopped it up and ended up with about 10 ounces of fat.
My question is can I just melt this fat and use it in place of the lard? Should I melt it to the point of crisping the fat pieces, then strain the pieces out before adding the melted fat to the pork? Or should I just leave the fat pieces in and dump the whole thing into the pork?
And, does anyone have any idea what quantity/volume of melted fat these 10 ounces of solid pork fat will yield?
Finally, if anyone has made these carnitas please share your experience with me. Thanks!