I love donuts. I love fries. But I rarely eat them because of the oils they are fried in. If you would like to be disgusted too, read this article. If you prefer blissful ignorance, I understand.
In an attempt both to convince my children that their mother is normal and to help them feel like they aren't missing out on any of the good stuff, every time I deny them fried foods I explain, "Of course you can eat that! Just not those ones, because they're fried in rancid disgusting unhealthy vegetable oils. I'll make that at home, ok?" But quite some time has passed, and I haven't had one single morning when rendering lard and frying donuts, or whatever the forbidden food is, sounded like fun. So I have to do it whether I feel like it or not, and today I will render lard.
I tried this once maybe two years ago. I researched, rendered, and fried. The first donut, the guinea pig donut, was fried before the lard was hot enough. Too cowardly to try a dessert cooked in animal fat, I handed it to my sister who courageously bit down before gagging and squealing, "It tastes like PIG!" So the moral of that story is to make sure your fat is hot enough before you begin frying. The rest of the donuts were powdery sweet miracles.
Rendering lard is very simple unless you only do it once every two years and have forgotten how in the meantime. So whether it's been a while or this is your first time, here's how you do it. If you actually follow this, please read through the whole thing before you start.
Because this batch of lard got a little overheated, I decided to use it to fry some lumpia tonight instead of the donuts I had promised. I will be honest. The entire house reeked of fried food. It was a little off-putting, and while I stood over the boiling hot golden lava on my stove I thought I would never do this again. However, minutes later my children polished off all their lumpia and even thanked me sincerely for making dinner. Fried food tastes amazing, and I had forgotten this fact. So maybe I will fry again once the fumes clear.
For the one person who ever reads this far, I feel compelled to mention that I bought new workout pants moments before I started posting about lard. Does this make me an optimist, or just conflicted? You can tell me what you think.
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