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Rendering leaf lard - your experience appreciated

tacosandbeer | Dec 23, 201406:42 AM

I am hoping to make tamales for Christmas. As with a lot of things where I live, I have to completely start from scratch to get what I want. So I got over 2kgs of leaf lard and chopped it all up and popped it in to my slow cooker this morning.

My house is now permeated with the smell of cooking lard, and I really really can't decide if it's a good thing. I know the pigs were slaughtered last Monday, picked the lard up from the butchers on Wed but didn't get to it until today, Tues. I've never rendered pork fat and I have a cold right now, and I can't tell if it's just a porky aroma, or if it's ever-so-slightly starting to go off.

If you've rendered before and can tell me how much this process smells, I'd appreciate it. I'm just waiting for Mr Tacos to finish work and give me his opinion.

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