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Carnitas help please

janniecooks | Dec 5, 201402:20 PM     16

I'm making Carnitas tomorrow, using this carnitas recipe from "Tacolicious", found at serious eats:

http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/20...

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!

Carnitas Taco From Tacolicious Recipe
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