Thermomix Rendered Pork Fat

Make you own lard by rendering pork fat in your Thermomix.

There are occasions when you’re cooking that nothing can surpass rendered pork fat. You’ll be amazed at how much more flavourful your meals are when cooked in pork fat. I use pork fatback which is firm and white, and readily available from your butcher – I phone ahead first.

Start by cutting 1- 1.5 kgs of fat into 3cm squares. Cook at 100C, Reverse Speed Soft for 4 to 5 hours until the last bits of oil have come from the fat. As the fat renders, amber-coloured crispy cracklings will form.

Pour the liquid lard very carefully into TM Essentials Reusable Food Pouches or jars using a section of Cheesecloth to strain. Set aside the pork crackling crumbs to use in salads.

When properly rendered, lard will store at room temperature just like olive oil; however, you can also store it in the refrigerator with no change to flavour or texture. One kg of raw fat should yield 500 ml of lard.

TM Essentials Reusable Food Pouches are available in 200ml and 1 litre sizes plus in handy starter packs.

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