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nutrition: Lard VS Tallow

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 10, 2011 at 11:07 PM

for people who have tried cooking with lard and tallow - which do u prefer and for what reasons? just taste or there's some nutritional different between them?

i've rendered my own lard, tallow, and sheep fat. i hated rendered sheep fat - it forms film in my mouth and on my dishes as soon as the fat runs a little cool (52% sat. fat). i don't remember tallow (50% sat. fat) having that problem even though hard as rock in room temp just like sheep fat. lard i like the best (44% sat. fat)! smells awesome! and i use so much i always end up each meal with meat in a lard broth more than anything lol and i of course drink it :)) (with turmeric and coconut oil and salt)

p.s. duck fat is not bad but could only find the rendered stuff to buy and so expensive

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on August 12, 2013
at 10:03 PM

I usually buy frozen ducks when they're available at costco, then roast them in a glass pan. When it's done, just pour out the drippings into a jar. Very tasty stuff.

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on January 05, 2012
at 05:08 AM

Well, you can, however, find pork that is fed root vegetables and skim milk/whey instead of corn/soy. I think Sally Fallon has her pigs on that kind of diet. I'm pretty sure it would be mucho dinero, though.

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on December 03, 2011
at 01:32 PM

Sugar Mountain Farm in Vermont is the closest I've seen to grass-fed pigs. Their diet is mostly grass (hay in the winter) and dairy, with a little bit of veggies, fruit, barley, and bread. It says that 90% of their diet is grass, though, which seems pretty good. http://flashweb.com/animals/pigs

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on October 11, 2011
at 02:08 PM

i guess in the future i'll have to invest some money in tallow as well

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on October 11, 2011
at 02:06 PM

my ex-mom-inlaw went to have thx giving dinner with her daughter and such and i asked her to bring me back turkey skin lol love chicken skin and duck skin too :))

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on October 11, 2011
at 02:04 PM

the leaf-lard i get it's from a farm where pigs are "confined" indoor but in clean conditions and dustbeds with natural sunlight coming in. web/picture here: http://www.geldermanfarms.ca/products/pork/ there's definitely no pasture anything but i wonder if that amount of sunlight makes any v-D for them

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on October 11, 2011
at 12:19 PM

Pigs don't eat a lot of the actual pasture (biologically, they're similar to humans, with a single stomach, so they can't break down the cellulose any more than we do) but some people estimate that adult hogs can get as much as 40% of their calories from foraging in pasture. That may be mostly grubs, seeds, and roots, but those are good things too. Even outside on dirt or concrete is probably an improvement over confinement, because of the vitamin D boost from sunlight.

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on October 11, 2011
at 11:17 AM

Just to be clear, you still want to find pigs and chickens that are pastured. However, neither of those will ever be 100% grass fed because that is not a natural diet for them.

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on October 11, 2011
at 11:15 AM

You aren't ever going to find completely pastured lard because pigs are not ruminants like cows and thus need grains for good health. Only cows should be 100% grass fed.

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on October 11, 2011
at 01:45 AM

I wouldn't think there's a difference nutritionally, but my bacon fat tastes like bacon!

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on October 10, 2011
at 11:42 PM

i make my lard from leaf-lard. actually, is there a different between leaf-lard lard and bacon lard??

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2c8c421cf0e0c462654c7dc37f8b9711

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on October 11, 2011
at 06:26 AM

I love tallow, to me lard always tastes porky (maybe I rendered it wrong). It's pretty hard to find completely pastured lard that isn't fed any grains, so any pork fat you're going to find is going to have a higher omega-6 to omega-3 ratio. It is a great source of Vitamin D, though. Pastured tallow has some k2. Both are good, depends on your preference.

9dd4d453f7ebd7fd2a82814d08fc8f17

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on October 11, 2011
at 02:08 PM

i guess in the future i'll have to invest some money in tallow as well

13a44ea00b0c9af0b6d0f3d5f5c2cfca

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on October 11, 2011
at 11:17 AM

Just to be clear, you still want to find pigs and chickens that are pastured. However, neither of those will ever be 100% grass fed because that is not a natural diet for them.

13a44ea00b0c9af0b6d0f3d5f5c2cfca

(7223)

on October 11, 2011
at 11:15 AM

You aren't ever going to find completely pastured lard because pigs are not ruminants like cows and thus need grains for good health. Only cows should be 100% grass fed.

7841848bd0c27c64353c583fb7971242

(7275)

on December 03, 2011
at 01:32 PM

Sugar Mountain Farm in Vermont is the closest I've seen to grass-fed pigs. Their diet is mostly grass (hay in the winter) and dairy, with a little bit of veggies, fruit, barley, and bread. It says that 90% of their diet is grass, though, which seems pretty good. http://flashweb.com/animals/pigs

1da74185531d6d4c7182fb9ee417f97f

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on January 05, 2012
at 05:08 AM

Well, you can, however, find pork that is fed root vegetables and skim milk/whey instead of corn/soy. I think Sally Fallon has her pigs on that kind of diet. I'm pretty sure it would be mucho dinero, though.

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Ed983a42344945b1ff70fd9597a23493

on October 10, 2011
at 11:38 PM

For flavor alone, I like lard...but for the best fatty acid profile, I choose tallow....even though you didn't name it, bacon fat is my all time favorite cooking fat. Oh, and I bought a little duck fat recently to try it out, and it tasted a heck of a lot like chicken fat...would be yummy for some almond flour matzoh balls...

9dd4d453f7ebd7fd2a82814d08fc8f17

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on October 10, 2011
at 11:42 PM

i make my lard from leaf-lard. actually, is there a different between leaf-lard lard and bacon lard??

Ed983a42344945b1ff70fd9597a23493

on October 11, 2011
at 01:45 AM

I wouldn't think there's a difference nutritionally, but my bacon fat tastes like bacon!

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on October 10, 2011
at 11:19 PM

Lard is sometimes criticized for being high in omega 6 but that will depend on how it's been fed...grains would be the culprit. Pastured hogs are better. Lard from pigs that are outdoors will offer vitamin D and I've never read that tallow does. I render both and have a taste preference for the tallow and I also like its higher saturated fat content.

9dd4d453f7ebd7fd2a82814d08fc8f17

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on October 11, 2011
at 02:04 PM

the leaf-lard i get it's from a farm where pigs are "confined" indoor but in clean conditions and dustbeds with natural sunlight coming in. web/picture here: http://www.geldermanfarms.ca/products/pork/ there's definitely no pasture anything but i wonder if that amount of sunlight makes any v-D for them

03fa485bfd54734522755f47a5e6597e

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on October 11, 2011
at 12:19 PM

Pigs don't eat a lot of the actual pasture (biologically, they're similar to humans, with a single stomach, so they can't break down the cellulose any more than we do) but some people estimate that adult hogs can get as much as 40% of their calories from foraging in pasture. That may be mostly grubs, seeds, and roots, but those are good things too. Even outside on dirt or concrete is probably an improvement over confinement, because of the vitamin D boost from sunlight.

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on October 11, 2011
at 08:44 AM

I love both and will use whichever I have to hand. The pork fat I use is from free range organic pigs so I'm sure the O6 / 3 ratios will be better than intensively reared pork.

Having said that, I happily cook with chicken and duck fat too if I have any. I eat a lot of fish / seafood and I can't believe that a small amount of chicken fat is going to derail my ratios.

Go for flavour!! (Especially in view of a post I just saw here "Paleo food is boring")

9dd4d453f7ebd7fd2a82814d08fc8f17

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on October 11, 2011
at 02:06 PM

my ex-mom-inlaw went to have thx giving dinner with her daughter and such and i asked her to bring me back turkey skin lol love chicken skin and duck skin too :))

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on August 12, 2013
at 06:35 AM

Duck or goose fat is the best if you can get it at a reasonable price. Chicken fat is nice too. Especially for fried eggs.

Tallow never tasted right to me so I generally use lard.

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