|Spots' spot is hidden behind his wing|
Well, the brothers Spot & NoSpot (of All Hell Breaks Loose fame) are now singing in Heavens' Barnyard Choir... Bless their little hearts.
We owe both of the little escape artists our sincerest gratitude for the wonderful nourishment that they will provide us & our families.
Each year we gift to each of our siblings & their families a box of assorted meats from the farm, & some extras such as a few pounds of snowy white lard & a pint or two of grieven.
Have you ever rendered raw fat? It's kind of a kitchen art form.
This year I am using a crockpot instead of a pot on the stovetop; the process takes longer because the crockpot is smaller, but it heats more evenly than the cooktop so the end product is more guaranteed without having to stand over the pot, stirring for hours.
|Oh please let me find one of these!|
After the crackles are set aside, the liquid fat is then carefully sieved through a cloth filter to ensure that no tiny particulates are left to taint the finished product. Yes, it's true that such teensy bits will sink to the bottom of the batch but any sediment at all spoils the pure white perfection of home-rendered lard. I always use clear containers for my lard - admittedly, one of my kitchen vanities.
Have you ever used pure lard for cooking or baking? It cannot be beat for flavour or performance! I sometimes make a butter pastry for sweet pies but, when it comes to meatpies (in my opinion), nothing beats a hot water pastry made with pure, unadulterated pork lard! It is a delicious pastry that just stands up better to a hearty meat & vegetable filling than does a butter pastry (which is a little too delicate & flaky).
I have always enjoyed Christmas music; I think it's a real shame that we don't hardly hear it played on the radio anymore except for on the 25th, or even in shopping centers! But that, my friends, is a rant for a different day.
Tonight I am dancing around the kitchen to well-loved tunes as I work; I hope you'll enjoy this oldie but goodie, Jingle Bell Rock from 1957 by Bobby Helms. This was a hit long before I was even born, but I do think this version holds up very nicely.