This article provides an overview of lard, what it tastes like, its availability, alternative names, and of course what other ingredients make lard substitutes.
What is Lard?
Lard is a semi-solid white fat that is obtained from the fatty tissue of a pig. It is similar to tallow, which is produced from cows or sheep. Lard can be made by steaming, boiling, or from dry heat. Lard is mainly used as a cooking fat or shortening for cooking, baking, and deep-frying. It can also be used as a spread in the same way as butter.
What does Lard taste like?
Lard is not eaten by itself and if properly rendered, it should be tasteless and odorless.
Is Lard readily available in Supermarkets?
Lard should be readily available in supermarkets, as well as in butchers and sometimes farmer’s markets. It will be found in the refrigerated section near the butter and spreads.
What are some alternative names for Lard?
Lard may be referred to as bacon grease, fat or dripping, or pig fat.
What is a good substitute for Lard in recipes?
Luckily, there are a number of great substitutes for lard and the majority are also healthier alternatives such as:
- Coconut Oil
- Avocado Oil
- Beef Tallow
- Mashed Bananas if as a spread is a great vegan and healthy option