I have made my own herbal salves and balms for several years, growing and drying my own herbs, infusing them in olive oil and then using coconut oil and beeswax as a solidifier. I had always wanted to make a tallow salve, and I am thrilled with it.
Lard, a fat that has been misunderstood is making a comeback, and it turns out that it is easy to make using high-quality leaf lard. The rendered lard is easily rendered in a slow cooker and can be used in pie crusts as well as savory foods.
It’s well worth asking your local meat people if you can have their leftover leaf lard or if you can purchase it for a small fee. Offer to render a few jars of lard for them and see if that doesn’t convince them!
Rendering your own lard is a snap. Lard does wonderful things to food, making pastries flakey, deep fried foods crispy and sautés profoundly flavorful. But the most important component of good tasting lard is the source of the pork fat.