Have you been eating lard because you read on the internet that it is good for health? Think before you eat it. There are types of lard- hydrated and non-hydrated lard. You need to realize which one is fruitful for you and which isn’t. Lard is pork fat, in its rendered or non-rendered form. It is easily available in your nearby general stores to be it Walmart or Costco. Lard is good for health, so it is sometimes present as a hidden animal ingredient in Vegetarian products. That is not always the case but in this article, we will be focusing on non-hydrated Lard.
Is hydrated lard bad for you?
Lard sold in supermarkets is often hydrated lard. The reason is shelf life. Hydrated lard has better shelf life than non-hydrated lard. Lard has cholesterol like all the other animal fats. And the hydrated lard sold in the market is 45% composed of fat be it saturated or trans-fat or any other type. Lard has often been added to desserts as a secret ingredient to increase the moistness of the dessert. It is undoubtedly tasty, but the question is it is good for your health? It contains fat which affects the heart significantly. In some cookbooks, it is stated that lard contains fat less than butter. It depends upon how you consume it as well. If you consume it as a part of pork, then it is okay. It won’t affect your health in an unhealthy way. But when you combine it with butter and other fat items in desserts, it can be a threat to your health.
A shelf life of Lard
Lard, if kept at room temperature, can last up to six months. But the shelf life depends upon the circumstances as well. And like if you store lard in refrigerated conditions, it may last up to a year. Lard is made up of saturated fat molecules, that’s why it possesses a tendency to appear solid at room temperature. It shows a stable structure. If the temperature fluctuates a little too much, then the shelf life of lard may decrease. So, to prevent such failures you should store it in sealed container. The container should be tightly sealed. The sealed container will block oxygen contact which will keep lard fresh for longer period. Do not keep it in direct sunlight.
How do you know that lard has spoiled? Foul smell is your first indication that the lard has started to rot. If smell is not one of your strong senses, then use your taste buds. If you take a small bite of the lard, you will realise if it can be consumed anymore.
Non-hydrated lard is a secret ingredient to many grandmother’s special recipes to certain desserts. But you have got to realise which one is actually good for your health and then eat accordingly. Even though it may sound heart breaking to your grandmother but you have got to take care of yourself and loved ones around you.