How to Render Leaf Lard for Baking

Before we start, you may be asking what is leaf fat? It's the fat that comes from around the kidneys of a hog. It's supposed to be cleaner, and less porky tasting than lard rendered from regular hog fat. Boiling down pork leaf fat into snowy white lard for pie crusts, pastries, tortillas, or whatever else you want to make with it sounds like it's something best left to those experienced homesteaders that know what they're doing, right?

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I Made Apple Cider Vinegar! (For Basically Free)

Do you use apple cider vinegar? I use it in a surprising number of things. The chickens like a few tablespoons in their water, a couple tablespoons go into making soaked whole wheat bread, adding it to meat rubs and sauces help it pull apart when cooked low and slow, the applications are endless. The good stuff is pricey, and it goes quick around here.

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