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Everything you need to know about lard

Fats are an essential component of a healthy diet and overall wellness. Healthy fats improve brain and immune health. They also prevent several fatal diseases. The key is to choose the right fats to consume. Trans fats- saturated fats are harmful to our health. They increase the level of bad cholesterol resulting in cardiovascular issues. At the same time, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats can both mental and physical wellness.

Cooking fats are divided into two parts- vegetable oil and animal fat. Among different animal fats, lard- the fat rendered from pork, is a commonly used cooking fat in commercial kitchens. It is semi-solid white in color with a mild and neutral flavor. With a smoke point of 190 °C, it is perfect for both medium and high-heated cooking. Uses of lard in cooking are quite popular in the USA.

In this article, you’re going to learn about the nutritional value, cooking applications, and health benefits of lard. You’ll also know, how to dispose of used lard and how to recycle expired food grade lard.

Nutritional value

Lard is a 100% fat-based cooking oil with few micronutrients. Every 100 grams of pork fat contains 898 calories, 160% fat including 45 grams of saturated fat and 120 milligrams of cholesterol. It also contains cobalamin, sodium, and vitamin D.

Pork fat is a completely carb-free fat with zero protein and zero sugar as well. It is high in saturated fat which may increase cholesterol levels. But balancing fat levels with other ingredients in cooking can solve this issue.

Lard as cooking oil

Not too long ago, lard was a common cooking ingredient in households of America. It lost its popularity in the 90s when vegetable oil became more available and popular because of its wide variety of uses. But it’s a fact that lard is as versatile as any other cooking oil that is used in household and commercial kitchens. With lard, you can roast, grill, sauté, fry, and bake. Pork fats can also be a substitute for butter when it’s solid. Cooking with lard gives the dish a crispy taste.

You can cook a wide range of dishes using pork fat including dishes that require a higher temperature to cook. Lard has a high boiling point of 190 degrees celsius and due to its mild-neutral flavor, it doesn’t affect the original flavor of the main ingredients. Some of the yummy dishes you can make with this delicious cooking fat are fried chicken, tamales, pie crust, cookies, donuts, etc.

Health benefits of pork fat

Lard is a great source of healthy fats and vitamin D. Pork fat contains all three types of fats- monounsaturated, polyunsaturated, and saturated fat in perfect ratio. Saturated fats are bad for our heart health, there’s no denying it. But balancing pork fat with other ingredients or cooking oil can remove this disadvantage of consuming lards.

Lard is high in micronutrients such as vitamin D. Human body craves for this vitamin to stay sharp and healthy. Consuming the right amount of lard every week may just complete the requirement for this vitamin. Pork fat is stable in high-heat cooking. Its nutrients don’t deplete at a high temperature which makes it an ideal cooking fat for deep frying.

When does lard expire?

Just like any other cooking fat, lard can expire. Pork fats turn solid at room temperature and you can store them in a sealed jar for about six months without getting the fat rancid. Never forget to store this fat in a sealed bottle, and away from sunlight. However, if you keep the oil in the refrigerator, the lifespan of pork fat may last almost a year.

After the expiry of lard, you should never use it for cooking. You can follow some signs to understand whether your cooking fat has expired or not. Food grade lard – pork fat has a neutral taste and mild aroma. If you smell anything fishy or sour around your stored lard, it has probably gone bad.

How to dispose of used lard?

Disposal of restaurant cooking oil is always a challenge for commercial kitchen owners. Many restaurants and food establishments consume pork fat in cooking and frying resulting in huge amounts of used lard. Sometimes, their stored lard gets rancid and they end up with decent amounts of expired food grade lard. You should never pour your used cooking oil into the kitchen sink, or throw them outside in the trash. If you do so, you will either end up with a clogged plumbing system or cause severe damage to the environment. Such irresponsible acts will also result in CITATIONS!! Fines for violating used cooking oil regulations are quite high and municipalities also reserve the right to suspend your business license for committing such a crime.

What to do with this expired food grade oil? How to dispose of used lard?

Recycle used lard with the Grease Company

Do you know, that used cooking oil or use lard is a potential feedstock for many useful and valuable products such as biofuel and animal feeds? It’s true, and we can help you recycle your expired food grade lard.

The Grease Co. is a licensed IKG hauler (also known as UCO collector) in California. We provide a comprehensive used cooking oil collection service for commercial kitchens. In simple words, we collect used cooking oils, expired food grade oil, and yellow grease from restaurants and other businesses in the food & beverage industry. The oils we collect, mostly get recycled into biodiesel, a sustainable energy source and a perfect alternative to petroleum-based fuels.

Our experts are highly trained and completely aware of the regulations. All you will have to do is call us. We shall inspect your establishment, and set up a proper UCO collection facility (free of cost) in your establishment. TGC shall also set a pre-schedule for oil pickup and after you subscribe to our service, you won’t have to worry about anything.

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