Lard is good! much much better than trans fat or hydrogenated vegetable oils (very bad), I remember in the country that pork meats like sausages were placed and covered with lard to preserve then, and it was used for frying everything.I have used it in cooking and would use it before something like corn oil or other vegetable oils, except of course olive oil which is my first choice.
If it's organic - a variety of good fats in your diet is essential. People that bought into the "low fat" craze with lots of refined carbohydrates suffer from every disease in the book. High fat, moderate protein and near zero carbohydrates for good health. There are no essential carbohydrates.
One thing to keep in mind is that all commercial lard is not created equal. Some is more refined than others. The brands that are hydrogenated are probably best avoided. I happen to live in a state (in the USA), where one of the better commercial brands is produced, just a short distance away, but it's distributed nationally, and so the Walmart's around here carry this brand. It contains a couple of additives to preserve flavor, but, other than that, ... .
I pursued the vegetarian path for a number of years, when I was younger, but since I've gotten older, I've ditched the philosophy, as I have ditched other pure approaches. Humans are omnivores. I do not hold to the idea that meat eating is unhealthy or ethically deficient, as I once did.
Lard, butter, sugar, and salt, used and consumed responsibly, foster good taste in a great many people.
A food philosophy and ethics discussion could easily go the way of a political or religious discussion, and so, unfortunately, I cannot say anything further in this regard.
I will risk saying, however, that if the act of each individual choosing their own path were taken as a blanketing philosophy, then there would be no commonality to define a group -- there would be no shared beliefs or behaviors. If one group forbade another group's expression, then the effect would be to silence the other group, which would contradict the very path being professed.
The "lardophile", thus, has equal status with the vegetarian. (^_^) ... I hope that those who might profess this would be fully capable of practicing this, if ever they found themselves in a position that necessitated sharing the majority of their time in the company of those with whom their paths so differed. I speak from experience -- it's not so easily done as said, ... when you exist with those opposite you in critical areas, for most of your waking hours.
Back on point now, ... lard CAN be frozen to extend shelf life. I store mine in the refrigerator, specifically on the door, since I will be buying such small quantities of it at a time.
I wouldn't freeze it I would store it just like you do Robert. Another thing I wouldn't do is fry anything with it more than once, what's bad is when it oxidizes because cholesterol is not the villain it's made out to be, oxidized cholesterol on the other hand is what can be bad.
Almost anything pork-related tastes good to me. The fact that it runs afoul of dietary, health and religious horrors also gives it a "forbidden fruit" aspect that makes a biscuit with lard taste even better. I don't actually eat much of this stuff but lard, ham, pork roast...anything containing pig fat, tastes really good and, for me, digests better than cow fat.
Been many years since I have tasted a mammal for a variety of reasons. Don’t miss it in the least. My mom use to make bread with lard and it was delicious. When she died her recipe went with her. In any case lard is not a welcomed friend in our house.
Funny thing about fat and people's intake of it. There was a time in the '80s and '90s when they were saying how bad fat was and encouraging people to eat low fat diets. Now they are saying that it's a bad thing to eat low fat. Gee, some doctors were taking a lot of grief in the '90s for saying low fat diets were bad. They knew then
It's all going to back to eat a little of everything and not too much of anything. Hmm, isn't that just being balanced? And yes, exercise. The older I get the more important exercise is.
That said I haven't had a biscuit made with lard in many years. They were wonderful. Few people really use lard any more.
I kinda wish I had kept track of dates and dietary advice and warnings. All these do's and don't's tend to run in cycles, like hi-carb, low-carb, vegetable fats-animal fats, fiber-no fiber, vegan, piscivore, and pretty much any other edible item you can think of. Personally, I'm waiting for trans-fat and pure sugar to be declared as heath foods. That comes after a piece of media medical advice saying to cook your vegetables until they are like wet tissues and drink more pickle juice. I don't know whether or when Woody Allen will ever return from his version of purgatory, but there's some wisdom in a clip from Sleeper.
You have to do what is right for you. My health is such that if I don't eat healthily, I will die sooner rather than later. Doctor said it's as Simple as that. That may, or may not include white meat, but you have to have a lifestyle, not a fad.
Fads come and go, lifestyles are just that...a way to live.
Some of us choose not to eat other living creatures.... That's a lifestyle choice of our own personal choosing. In that lifestyle we have to eat balanced meals, carefully chosen for protein, carbs, vitamins etc.
But that's the same for everyone. Meat eaters, pescatarians, vegetarians and vegans.
If you love lard, eat lard. But know that it's a lifestyle choice which has to be part of an actively thought out dietary plan to make sure you get a little of everything you need daily.
Eg, my grandfather was a port and red meat guy. Lived for it. He suffered years of excrutiating painful gout. Not good as his job was walking farms and big houses.
Everything in moderation. I want you all here still in another 10 years lol
Whether one consumes pork products or not has been controversial for thousands of years.
The German NAZI'S use to throw dinner parties and observe their guests to see who avoided swine and who did not. The reason is a historic existential fact.
Those who seek out commonalities among specific groups use dietary restrictions to extrapolate generalized assumptions to classify personal beliefs and ethnicity of those being observed.
You just aroused my contrary gene. I'm guessing that the "REAL" health food will be found to be that stuff that used to be stocked in fallout shelters, meant to last for decades and to be eaten without cooking. Flavor would mainly have come from the variety of radiation that fell on it, alpha particles being said to give a bit of a garlic overtone.
Most any food that humans eat today in modern civilization is ... "processed" ... to some degree.
Even fresh vegetables are ... "processed" . Otherwise, we would never see them in the grocery store.
"Processing" is not an evil thing. The greater issue is HOW food might be ... "processed". And how MUCH of a given food of a given processing type we might eat.
I am very conscientious about eating fruits and vegetables, for example. But I also eat sugar regularly too -- the ... "processed" ... type, ... the white stuff, .... which I put in all my home backed desserts.
I drink primarily distilled water, which is a form of ..."processing". But I almost never drink a soft drink. Water is my preferred beverage. I also do not use cow's milk on cereal, but rather use coconut milk, which is not really ... "milk" ..., of course, but it works. I'm not really against cow's milk -- I just sort of got into the habit of drinking coconut "milk". I use cow's milk in cooking and desserts, however.
It's a mixture, ... a balance, ... a thought out proportioning of various substances, where no one is treated as poison.
Lard has been on my black list for most of my life, ... for no good reason, and that's why I'm bringing it back sometimes. My next pie crust will incorporate it.
Direct from farms and gardens is pretty cool -- very minimal ... "processing" ... for sure. Farmers had to pick some of that stuff, which is a form of ... "processing".
It's a question of degree, I suppose -- how MUCH processing. I definitely do NOT do the frozen TV dinner crap or grocery-store canned crap, with all the nutrition washed out into the juices that you pour down the drain. In summer, I grow some of my own veggies too. But I doubt that I could get along without the supermarkets for staples, and meat, eggs, etc.