What does King Crabby do when she gets a terrible cold? Nothing. Well that is not true. I sit on the couch, watch bad tv and read my cookbooks. I started re-reading Fat by Jennifer McLagan.
Growing up we always rendered lard from pork back fat (for frying) and leaf fat (for baking) and since I was going to be home all long weekend on the couch there was no better time to make lard. I special ordered 10lbs of back fat from Irving Meats. It cost only 50 cents a pound.
First you remove all the excess meat. Then you cut the fat into cubes. Then you place it in a roasting pan and add some water to the pan.
Then you place it in a 250 degree oven for 6 to 12 hours depending on how much fat you have and how large your pan is. This batch took closer to 12 hours. Every hour or so you have to stir the fat.
When the fat starts to break up and turn a golden colour you strain the fat.
You can then pour the strained liquid into jars. You can also return the solids to the oven to render more fat.
When you pour the lard into the jars it will be a clear, slightly yellow liquid. Allow it to cool completely before you put lids on the jars. When it cools it will turn white. The 10lbs of back fat made four jars of lard. That means it only cost me $1.25 a jar. The little jar is for you Jean. The lard will keep in the fridge for months and in the freezer even longer.
On Monday when I was feeling better I picked apples with Operation Fruit Rescue Edmonton. It is an organization that pairs people who want fruit, but don’t have any fruit trees and plants with people who have fruit trees and plants, but don’t want to harvest the fruit. Generally a third of the fruit goes to the pickers, one third goes to the owners and another third goes to the food bank. We picked 100lbs in two hours. So I took home almost 20 pounds of apples for free. They told me they are always in need of pickers. So if you want free fruit look them up. They are also having a pie making get together on Sunday. Everyone gets to take home one pie and the rest go to charity. I think this is an amazing group and I plan on picking more fruit next summer.
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