15 Reasons to Add 4lb Of Lard to Your SHTF Stockpile

By Diane September 13, 2018 06:38

15 Reasons to Add 4lb Of Lard to Your SHTF Stockpile

My grandmother rendered lard for her family once a year when the hogs were butchered. She used that lard for cooking, baking, frying, household use, and she made the best piecrust you’ve ever tasted with it. For many generations lard was used in the same ways, but then along came cheap cottonseed oil (Crisco) and eventually other vegetable oils. We were told how healthy vegetable oils were, and how “bad” lard was for us. Advertising taught us to think of lard as unhealthy fat clogging up our arteries.

Never mind that my grandfather worked hard on the farm well into his 70’s eating food prepared with lard every day. He never suffered from the diseases caused by our modern diet. Advertising has a lot of influence on the way we think and eat.

Lard is not as unhealthy as we have been led to believe. In fact, it is lower in saturated fat than any other animal fat, including butter. It also has none of the trans-fats that we know are so bad for us. I don’t recommend that you start eating a lot of it, but it is healthier than we’ve been taught – in moderation.

Why We Should Stockpile Lard for SHTF

We need fats in our food storage. Without a little fat to help it along our food will be difficult to cook at times, it won’t taste as good, and we will need  the extra calories when times get tough and we have more physical work to do.

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15 Reasons to Add 4lb Of Lard to Your SHTF Stockpile

Cooking Uses for Lard

#1. Lard is a valued cooking oil because of its desirable flavor and its high smoke point.

#2. Leaf-lard, considered the best for baking, is rendered from the hog’s kidneys and abdomen. It has less pork flavor and produces a grainy or flakey texture in baked goods and confections.

#3. In days gone by lard was spread on bread like butter, or even as a dip.

#4. Historically, lard has served a big role in food preservation. Meat was cooked and stored in lard through the winter until the next slaughter season. (Think duck confit.) It seems foreign to us that meat can be stored without refrigeration, but this method of food storage was frequently used in the past.

Lard for Nutrition

#5. Fat is a nutritional requirement for our bodies and is one of the four main food nutrients that should be in your food pantry. Lard provides essential calories, as well as many fat-soluble vitamins like A, D, E, and K.

#6. Fats plan an important role in keeping your skin and hair healthy, as well as its role in your healthy cell function and overall body function. Fat also serves as a source of essential fatty acids. Without any fat in the diet, you will eventually suffer from malnutrition.

Household Uses for Lard

#7. Lard is widely used a base for making poultices and salves for medicinal use. It is a good moisturizer, and protects the skin against drying, chapping, and cracking.

#8. Use lard as a hand cream to moisturize the skin.

#9. Lard, like tallow, can be used to produce soap.

#10. Lard is the best fat to use in seasoning your cast iron cookware. It does not leave behind a sticky residue like vegetable oils often do.

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#11. Lard protects metals against rusting.

#12. Lard acts as a machine oil in a pinch, to keep machines oiled and moving freely. It also protects against corrosion and cools the machinery while in use. You can also use it to protect tools and weapons.

#13. Lard is flammable, and can be used as a lamp oil or as an addition to candle wax.

#14. Beef tallow and lard are good for waterproofing fabric or leather. Use either to coat your boots, rain coat or poncho. While it doesn’t form a perfect seal it does help clothing to shed water, and it prevents water from seeping into tents or other shelters when their waterproofing begins to wear thin.

Storing Lard

Lard keeps well if it is kept sealed in an airtight container. The shelf-life in the box or tub it came in is about a year or two. My most recent has a best buy date of February 2020, giving it 17 months from now. I will melt it and pour it hot into sterile mason jars, then seal it. This adds to the shelf life substantially. If you don’t want to bother transferring it to the jars, keep it sealed in the refrigerator or up to 3 years in the freezer.

Preservatives in Lard

If you purchase your lard in the grocery store it probably has preservatives in it. There are farms that produce lard without preservatives, but you will pay more for these. The lard shown in the first picture contains BHA, propyl gallate, and citric acid to preserve flavor. I’m not fond of these, so I prefer to render my own lard.

Lard is just pork fat. To render it, you cut it up into small pieces and cook it slowly to liquify the fat. I cook mine in a little water until the fat is rendered. Cooking it in water gives you a lard that is milder in flavor. Cooking it dry gives it more of the pork flavor which is nice for seasoning. If you decide to render your own lard, here is the recipe. 

Why Lard?

Aside from the nutritional benefits mentioned above, lard is better suited to long-term storage than any other fat. It keeps longer than butter, vegetable oil or coconut oil and can be used in many of the same ways. Lard is comparable to coconut oil for storage and contains less saturated fat. Many doctors are now agreeing that our ancestors were right about lard. While we shouldn’t eat too much of it, it deserves a place in our storage pantries.

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By Diane September 13, 2018 06:38
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  1. Tom September 13, 17:04

    If it doesn’t make a perfect seal on boots, that allows it to breathe.

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  2. Houdini September 14, 00:13

    My paternal grandmother had all the bad habits cooked with lard that they rendered, ate smoked meat and plenty of bacon. She dipped snuff and had a little sip of whiskey from time to time. Made and ate homemade butter and drank raw milk. Had fresh eggs every day cooked along with homemade sausage that had been preserved in lard or hand sliced thick cut bacon. Grandmother kept two smoke houses and woe to anyone she caught in them. she passed away in 1972 and I will always believe that these habits are what done her in, just took 98 years to do it!

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  3. Rainy September 14, 00:40

    My granny mixed a little lard with some sulfur powder said it was better and cheaper than Prep H.

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    • left coast chuck September 14, 01:13

      When our dog had a terrible case of mange the doctor — not the vet. I don’t think there was a veterinarian in town.
      The doc prescribed flowers of sulfur, which was sulfur powder, mixed with lard to apply to the dog to cure it of the mange. He also prescribed cod liver oil in the dog’s food each time we fed him. When the mange was cured and his coat grew back it was thick and luxurious and gleamed in the sunlight.

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  4. Wannabe September 14, 13:45

    Gotta get some. Are some brands more trustworthy than others? I want the real deal not some imitation that says lard on the package.

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    • Houdini September 14, 16:13

      Not knowing where you live it’s hard to say what brands are available to you. We live in South GA and always can find it at a IGA grocery store. Amazon sells it and Armour always was a good brand. Have never seen it at a Walmart or any big grocery chain in our area. If you have any Mexican bodega’s in your area you most likely find it there in the grocery isle.

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    • Mick September 15, 20:34

      Imitation? LOL
      What era are we in? In Europe, in early 20th century food such as lard or sugar still often was imitation stuff. Not anymore now.

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  5. Illini Warrior September 14, 22:08

    that 3 years storage longevity for the freezer is being ultra conservative – more likely 10 years – veggie oil lasts 3 years without any problems …

    as article mentioned – extra fats will be welcome in a SHTF diet – especially if your meat protein is chiefly wildlife supplied ….

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  6. Kc September 16, 04:44

    Oh dear God!
    Do Not Buy Armour Lard!
    It is awful. Check out a but her shop or Amazon but not Armour.

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  7. Mad Fab September 19, 18:30

    I buy Fatworks lard from Amazon. It is wonderful. If ya don’t have access to your own pigs or a butcher shop, this is as good as home grown. They also have beef tallow and duck and goose fats. Check them out.

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  8. Keith September 20, 04:04

    A question, not a comment. You write about melting it down and pouring into mason jars. I assume sealing in a hot bath? What is the shelf life when doing this? thanks!!

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  9. pattib February 27, 16:33

    Have used lard forever. Absolutely makes the very best pie crust!

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  10. DJ March 18, 15:56

    My grandmother ate mostly pork, and used lard for cooking. She dipped snuff and chewed tobacco. She also ate lots of vegetables. She lived to be 101-1/2 years. Before we lost her, she was the oldest of 5 generations. I miss her every day!

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