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How To Render Lard or Tallow

Rendering your own lard or tallow is a great way to save money since the rendered fat can be used in cooking, soap making, and skin care.
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  • pork or beef fat


  • If possible, ask your butcher to grind the fat. Otherwise, cut the fat into 1" cubes. 
  • Add a tablespoons or so of water to the bottom of a crock pot or stock pot. 
  • Place on low heat, and add your pork or beef fat. 
  • Stir occasionally. 
  • As the fat melts, strain it through a coffee filter or fine mesh strainer into a canning jar.
  • When cool it will turn white and harden into lard or tallow. Lard will remain soft enough to scoop with a spoon even after being refrigerated, but tallow will need to be broken with a sharp knife to remove pieces of it.


When the fat is all melted and strained into jars, what is left in the pot are the cracklins which are delicious in Cracklin' Cornbread.