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Fresh pork lard for tamales

Thanks--I will look for that. I just got done making this batch of tamales a few hours ago. What I ended up with was using half of the home rendered --i.e. from a Mercado-- pork lard – the tan stuff, and half of white lard from La Tienda in the market. The other Mexican grocery in the market downtown is not open on Sunday. I was happy with the results! It gave me the fluffiness in the stability of the white lard with the flavor I was seeking from the home rendered.

Jan 05, 2014
maggieeats in Greater Seattle

Fresh pork lard for tamales

Then where do I get more desirable fresh pork lard? I don't want to hydrogenized stuff. I live in Seattle if you have any recommendations for here.

Jan 04, 2014
maggieeats in Greater Seattle

Fresh pork lard for tamales

Darn AutoCorrect. That last line should have read gracias!

Jan 04, 2014
maggieeats in Greater Seattle

Fresh pork lard for tamales

I decided for my first new cooking task of 2014 I would make fresh tamales. I went to a local mercado and bought fresh rendered pork lard. But when I look at all the recipes for the tamale dough, it says to beat the lard until it's fluffy. Looking at this brown greasy concoction I can't imagine it will get fluffy. Do I have the right stuff? Since I know nothing about freshly rendered pork lard, can someone tell me what the consistency of it should be? Do I need to adjust recipes to accommodate what looks like a greasier product than the hydrogenated stuff?

Grassy us!

Jan 04, 2014
maggieeats in Greater Seattle

fondue help

Ooh, that's the pot I liked online, too. I also saw the ATK review. I hope you post what you think! If I decide to get a better pot, I'd love to know how it worked out.

Dec 30, 2012
maggieeats in Home Cooking

fondue help

I ended up finding a fondue pot on Craigslist so I guess I'll use that now instead. Thanks for letting me know the crock pot will work, though.

Dec 30, 2012
maggieeats in Home Cooking

fondue help

Thanks--I'm glad to know since I just found the cuisinart on Craigslist and got a great deal on it! ($15!) I was going to have to go buy a mini crock pot anyway, so this was actually cheaper.

Dec 30, 2012
maggieeats in Home Cooking

fondue help

Hey, all you seasoned fondue makers--I'm trying to gauge what size pot for a cheese fondue (classic recipe using 1# cheese, 1 C wine, 2 TBS kirsch, etc). Having a hard time deciding what the volume of that is once its all melted. I don't really want to buy a fondue pot for this first outing; has anyone successfully made it in a pan and transferred to a mini slow cooker?

Thanks and Happy New Year.

Dec 30, 2012
maggieeats in Home Cooking