Sunday, June 26, 2011

Pork Fat Rules!

I don’t care that the saturated fat in lard is unhealthy for you. As far as I’m concerned, pork fat is one the most flavorful food ingredients on this planet.

Lardy Tees at San Francisco's Ferry Plaza
You make the best biscuits with lard. You can’t have bacon without lard. There would be no Italian pancetta or prosciutto without pork fat. Take the fat out of pork bellies and you can forget about Chinese kau yuk.

Fat equals flavor in cooking, and pork fat equals incredible flavor. It’s what makes the “other white meat” a culinary delight.
If you’re going to be serious about food, cut back elsewhere, but never skimp on the pork fat. You think vegetable shortening is a good substitute? Think again. Those buggers are partially hydrogenated and full of trans fat.
Pork fat rules!
Now leave me alone. I have to make some bacon lardons.

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