I'm looking for lard. Flavorful lard. In Rick Bayless' Authentic Mexican, the refried bean recipe calls for a "really good tasting" lard. Is it possible to buy such a thing, or do I have to render it myself?
I've also simply had trouble finding places that sell lard, flavorful or not. Whole Foods and Gelson's don't carry it (or so I've been told by the stores in Silverlake and Glendale). I was surprised to be told that the Jon's Market in Hollywood did not carry lard, although this could have been a communication barrier, since I didn't know the Spanish word for lard, and the guys at the meat counter were not immediately sure what I meant when I said "lard." I believe I eventually got my point across, but am not 100% sure. For future reference, what is the Spanish word for lard?
I bought it once at El Rancho Market on Sunset and Alvarado, but it was not particularly "flavorful." I'll go back there if it's the best I can do, but would love to know if anyone has a secret source for really great tasting lard!