Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Bringing Back the Lard

From Lard: The New Health Food?, Food & Wine online:

In response to the news that New York City's health commissioner had asked local restaurants to stop using cooking oils containing trans fats, comparing them to such hazards as lead and asbestos, Kummer proposed that we bring back lard, "the great misunderstood fat." Lard, he cheerfully reportehttp://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gifd, contains just 40 percent saturated fat (compared with nearly 60 percent for butter). Its level of monounsaturated fat (the "good" fat) is "a very respectable 45 percent," he noted, "double butter's paltry 23 or so percent." Kummer hinted that if I wanted to appreciate the virtues of this health food, I needed to fry shoestring potatoes or a chicken drumstick.
Read more here.

Homemade Lard Recipes, including Polish smalec.

Salo: Salo is a traditional Ukrainian, Belarusian and Russian food: cured slabs of fatback (rarely pork belly), with or without skin.

Homemade Lard(Vintage Recipes)


Ami said...

Yeesh - that brought back memories - I lived in Ukraine a long time ago, and I remember old men eating bags of cubed, fried fat like it was popcorn. And then complaining that drinking a cold pepsi caused their stroke...

Alexandra said...

I like it(fatback) in my Southern meals with vegetables like green beans or collard greens.

Oh, I was reading the history of the American diet somewhere and I meant to post it here! It mentions how fats where used in the past - very interesting. I'll try to find it and add it. Fats where liberally in the Victorian era and women had fuller figures. When WWI can around the thin figure became more attractive, and there was a switch to grains due to meat shortages or price increases(can't recall).

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