Homemade, Snow White, Fragrant and Tasty Lard

  • Prep Time
    10 mins
  • Cook Time
    50 mins
  • Serving
  • Ready In
    1 hour

Lard is the defrosted fat rendered from the bacon and rind of domestic swine. The by-product of lard discharge are the Crispy Pork Craclings.  Some ethnic groups do not fry the lard, but cook fat bacon, and the fat that appears on the surface of the water is cooled, then picked and collected. However, certain ethnic groups and cultures exclude lard from their diet from the outset.

In Central and Eastern Europe, according to hundreds of years of food descriptions, animal fats were used for cooking. However, the mass use of pressed oils for food purposes (cooking oil, margarine) since the 1940s has pushed lard out of kitchens.

The Paleo-Ketogenic Diet considers saturated fats, like lard, to be the number one source of energy and regularly uses them in food preparation.

The Lard Advantages

Lard has several advantages over other oils and fats:

1.) Lard (along with beef tallow) is excellent for frying as it has one of the highest smoke points (121-218 ° C), so it does not oxidize when heated (oxidation => cancer) and is difficult to burn. So lard is ideal for both high temperature cooking and frying.

2.) Lard is also the most ideal fat for cakes, not only because of its high smoke point, but also because of its fantastic taste. In the old days, our great-grandmothers and grandmothers used animal fats (lard, duck fat, butter) in cakes, pies and pastries. In their time, there was no margarine or other new fashionable factory made processed fat. If you want to recreate the magic that you remember from your yesteryears, you must use animal fat or real butter! 

3.) Finally, fat has many health benefits. Some people are probably wondering now, but that’s right, lard is a very healthy thing. But it’s not the products on supermarket shelves, which are probably hydrogenated, so they’ll last longer. The best lard is what is made from grass-fed pork (rendered). Grass-fed pigs have a high chance of encountering the healthy rays of the sun. Their fat bacon thus stores vitamin D from the sun’s rays. “Vitamin D only breaks down at 120 degrees C after four hours“, so the fat D supply of fat is not broken down during fat frying. In addition, homemade fat is made according to our own needs and does not contain additives or preservatives.

/Source: Dr László Tihanyi: The fried, boiled vitamins /

Homemade Keto Snack of Crispy Pork Crackling Bites

Let's Talk about Cholesterol too:

I have to talk about cholesterol as well in relation to fat because 100 g of lard contains 95 mg of cholesterol. This amount is not a few and many people are still scared of cholesterol, even though they should not be afraid of it. Recent research shows that the cholesterol consumed has no detrimental effect on the body’s cholesterol levels. Moreover, cholesterol is so important and indispensable to the human body that it produces. 

“Cholesterol is produced by every cell in the body; the liver is the most abundant. It plays an important role in building cell membranes and is the starting material for many hormone synthesis.”  /Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colesterol /


In the past, people cooked with animal fat, yet they were much healthier than today’s people, even though they didn’t take cholesterol-lowering pills either.


But what is the truth about cholesterol?

Read about cholesterol more in my next post:  Let’s Talk About Cholesterol



How to make Homemade, Snow White, Fragrant and Tasty Lard

By rendering lard, you also will hit two birds with one stone. You get not just delicious, aromatic and natural animal fat, but you also get delicious fried crispy snack, what you can eat as delicacies. It’s worth a try, it’s not complicated, just follow the steps below.

How to make Homemade, Snow White, Fragrant and Tasty Lard you can find the whole recipe with directions at Crispy Pork Crackling Bites:



Per 100 g of lard ( 1 tbsp lard is about 20 g)

  • Daily Value*
  • Calories: 898
    45 %
  • Fat: 100 g
    60 %
  • Carbs: 0 g
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Sugar: 0 g
  • Protein: 0.1 g
  • Sodium: 27 mg
    1.2 %
  • Potassium: 15 mg
    0.4 %

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