Make your Own Lard – Melting Animal FatJul 24th, 2011 | By admin | Category: Food Storage, Getting Ready
Melting animal fat is called rendering and it’s a simple process, a dirty job, but simple. The most common animal fats used are those of pig and cow which is called tallow. But other fats can be used in a pinch. Bear, sheep, goat, beaver, opossum, raccoon and groundhog.
Cut the fat into small chunks about an inch squire, and place them into a pot adding about an inch of water and cook over a low to medium heat. Do not get it to hot or it will burn. This can be done outside using a Dutch oven or other appropriately sized pot. Gradually add the pieces of fat to the pot, stirring to keep the fat from burning.
Most of the fat will turn into a liquid, look for the small solid particles and strain them out. These pieces are called cracklings and are great mixed with gravy. Allow the rendering to cool for about five minutes and strain through a clean cloth, storing in a sealed container like a Mason jar.
This is nothing you need to do on a regular basis but a good skill to help solve the cooking grease resupply problem during a TEOTWAWKIThe End Of The World As We Know It situation.