Alton Explains the Virtues of Pork Fat | Food Network

Alton Brown shows how to render lard and discusses its culinary uses.

This video is part of Iron Chef America, hosted by Alton Brown.

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36 Replies to “Alton Explains the Virtues of Pork Fat | Food Network”

  1. A good mixture of fats is olive oil and lard, use the regular kind and save the extra virgin for other things. Julia Child used to do this all the time with butter and there's no reason why you couldn't use all three. A mixture of oils/fats is best, too much Omega-6 is not good for you, such as eating too much vegetable oil.

  2. According to study of over 1,000 food items, pork fat is the #8 most nutritious food. In fact, it's the only meat item in the Top 100. The rest consists of seafood, fruits, veggies and nuts. I guess the best diet is a dairy free pescetarian diet with bacon on the side!

  3. Look if you do not like pork or can’t eat it then don’t eat it ?! But for those who do so what ? Mind your own. I know some religions prohibit it but I was born Catholic so pork is ok for me. Just be balanced. Have healthy stuff and comfort.

  4. The role of lard in early North Dakota:

    In North Dakota, the Germans from Russia were the main ethnic group in the state ever since the 1870s. Even though they were extremely good farmers, they were very poor settlers. So poor, in fact, that they didn't even notice the Great Depression because they already had so little.

    Lard played a factor in the people's lives because the kids at school could tell who was rich and poor from what they spread on their bread for lunch. The rich kids had butter or jelly, while the poor kids had lard.

    Just a little tidbit 🙂

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