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Does anyone have a 'traditional' pie crust recipe that includes lard, and also any tips for making this turn out spectacular!  I'm having my MIL over for thanksgiving Dinner and she wants lemon m
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Re: Pie Crust?? HELP!

posted at 11/26/2011 6:03 PM EST
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Here there's ALWAYS a can of lard under the Crisco stuff in any grocery store.  It's a big green and white can/container like a pail............ Or it used to be.  I haven't looked for a long time.  Used to be that the ONLY thing you ever used for frying chicken was lard.

And when I was a kid on the farm ..... in cold weather the pigs were butchered and all the fat was thrown into an enormous black kettle on a fire - outside of course - and cooked until it was melted fat - lard.   It was poured into big , thick ceramic bowls to cool and harden.  Home made lard - ready to go.

lol - thinking of those times ........ apple butter was made in those giant kettles over an open fire, usually at church.  A group of women all worked together peeling and chopping bushels and bushels of apples to toss into that kettle.  Then they were all angry with each other because this woman wanted some cinnamon, that woman didn't, that woman wanted this and the other woman refused to allow it ..... and on and on all day.

Re: Pie Crust?? HELP!

posted at 11/26/2011 6:44 PM EST
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Sounds like a good recipe, Nikki!

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posted at 11/27/2011 12:23 AM EST
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Mrs Smiths and Edwards lemon meringue pies plus other varieties are on sell buy on get one free. Remember to destroy the boxes. Save yourself some time.

Re: Pie Crust?? HELP!

posted at 12/1/2011 9:57 AM EST
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Here there's ALWAYS a can of lard under the Crisco stuff in any grocery store.  It's a big green and white can/container like a pail............ Or it used to be.  I haven't looked for a long time.  Used to be that the ONLY thing you ever used for frying chicken was lard. And when I was a kid on the farm ..... in cold weather the pigs were butchered and all the fat was thrown into an enormous black kettle on a fire - outside of course - and cooked until it was melted fat - lard.   It was poured into big , thick ceramic bowls to cool and harden.  Home made lard - ready to go. lol - thinking of those times ........ apple butter was made in those giant kettles over an open fire, usually at church.  A group of women all worked together peeling and chopping bushels and bushels of apples to toss into that kettle.  Then they were all angry with each other because this woman wanted some cinnamon, that woman didn't, that woman wanted this and the other woman refused to allow it ..... and on and on all day.
Posted by Nancy G


Hi Nancy,My husbands sister lived in Mo.She passed away a few years ago.I remember going to see her and she fried everything in bacon grease.We were there for a week and I gained 10 pounds.Her father in law raised cattle and hogs so they always had fresh meat from the farm and everything else that went with it.She asked me if I cooked with bacon grease and I told not very often.She asked me to save mine and she would pick it up from me when she came to see the family (serious bacon addict) lol !

Re: Pie Crust?? HELP!

posted at 12/1/2011 12:51 PM EST
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I can't even make the frozen crusts turn out very well.  I can't imagine starting with lard or crisco.  I think will stick with cookies, cakes and brownies.

Re: Pie Crust?? HELP!

posted at 12/2/2011 1:54 PM EST
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Gale - I STILL save my bacon fat/grease in a glass jar in the 'fridge.  I think I'm incapable of actually throwing away fresh fat.  When a jar gets full I start a second jar and when it has enough for comfort I throw away the first.  (Just the fat - not a precious glass jar!!)   I don't use that much - I never, ever fry anything in it but I do add a glob to green beans, bean soup, things like that.

Re: Pie Crust?? HELP!

posted at 12/2/2011 7:48 PM EST
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When I was a kid we always had a jar of bacon grease in the refrigerator.  My Grandma did the best potatoes, she would peel and cut them in quarters and rub them with bacon grease and roast them with the pork roast. ( A little redundancy on the pork fat there) The resulting potatoes were brown and crispy outside and light and fluffy inside. Pure heaven with a bit of gravy...ok a lot of gravy.
I sort of replicate them, I boil little red potatoes until almost tender then smash them a bit and finish in a skillet with a bit of olive oil until they are toasty brown. Less fat and calories but still good with gravy or just plain.

Re: Pie Crust?? HELP!

posted at 12/2/2011 11:50 PM EST
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Yikes!! I hate to admit it but I have bacon grease in a glass jar (jam size)
too! lol lol  It makes the best fried potatoes!!!!

Re: Pie Crust?? HELP!

posted at 12/3/2011 6:09 AM EST
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In Response to Re: Pie Crust?? HELP! : Hi Angela,they used to carry lard in the meat department,not anymore.I was buying some shortening and there it was on the shelf next to the shortening.
Posted by gale g


Gale,
I cannot believe it! What happened to healthy? My arteries are clogging! Surprised

Re: Pie Crust?? HELP!

posted at 12/3/2011 6:11 AM EST
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Yikes!! I hate to admit it but I have bacon grease in a glass jar (jam size) too! lol lol  It makes the best fried potatoes!!!!
Posted by Carol P


Carol,
I used to save bacon grease and the flavor was wonderful, but at age __  and producing cholesterol that would sink a ship...

Re: Pie Crust?? HELP!

posted at 12/3/2011 6:12 AM EST
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When I was a kid we always had a jar of bacon grease in the refrigerator.  My Grandma did the best potatoes, she would peel and cut them in quarters and rub them with bacon grease and roast them with the pork roast. ( A little redundancy on the pork fat there) The resulting potatoes were brown and crispy outside and light and fluffy inside. Pure heaven with a bit of gravy...ok a lot of gravy. I sort of replicate them, I boil little red potatoes until almost tender then smash them a bit and finish in a skillet with a bit of olive oil until they are toasty brown. Less fat and calories but still good with gravy or just plain.
Posted by nikki p


Nikki,
Yes, those were the days! Thanks for the memory.

Re: Pie Crust?? HELP!

posted at 12/3/2011 6:15 AM EST
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When I need help with a pie (I just cannot bake pies!) I just call my daughter (who is an amazing pie baker) and ask her to bake her Dad a pie!  Solves my problem!!

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posted at 12/3/2011 6:52 AM EST
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I can not make a pie crust from scratch if my life depended on it (I have tried a few times over the past 45+ years) so I use the Pillsbury crust for the bottom & make a crumb crust topping.

Re: Pie Crust?? HELP!

posted at 12/4/2011 3:26 PM EST
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Here there's ALWAYS a can of lard under the Crisco stuff in any grocery store.  It's a big green and white can/container like a pail............ Or it used to be.  I haven't looked for a long time.  Used to be that the ONLY thing you ever used for frying chicken was lard. And when I was a kid on the farm ..... in cold weather the pigs were butchered and all the fat was thrown into an enormous black kettle on a fire - outside of course - and cooked until it was melted fat - lard.   It was poured into big , thick ceramic bowls to cool and harden.  Home made lard - ready to go. lol - thinking of those times ........ apple butter was made in those giant kettles over an open fire, usually at church.  A group of women all worked together peeling and chopping bushels and bushels of apples to toss into that kettle.  Then they were all angry with each other because this woman wanted some cinnamon, that woman didn't, that woman wanted this and the other woman refused to allow it ..... and on and on all day.
Posted by Nancy G


I grew up on a farm in Iowa, and lard and bacon grease were all we had too. But we worked so hard we didn't have to worry about the fat, clogging arteries, etc. Besides my Mom's lard pie crusts, the flavor I remember the most is adding bacon grease to fresh cooked green beans and onions. And on a rare occasion my Dad would fry up home-grown potatoes and onions in bacon grease.

Re: Pie Crust?? HELP!

posted at 12/4/2011 5:03 PM EST
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Verlee -- I STILL use a dot of  bacon grease when I'm having green beans - a dot of bacon grease and a spoon of onions.
If for some reason I'm feeling sorry for myself, wallowing in self pity, I make myself a nice bacon sandwich ...... slices of bacon, ketchup and dill pickles. For dessert I have a nice bacon sandwich ..... slices of bacon and strawberry preserves.

Winkaaaaawwggggggggghhhhhhh geeeeee whiz.  Things aren't perfect right now.......... wonder if I should thaw some bacon.

Re: Pie Crust?? HELP!

posted at 12/4/2011 6:04 PM EST
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Angela F,  I was raised on a dairy farm in MI and we had beef and pork all the time.
We ate a lot of bacon, I am careful now but I don't have a problem with cholesterol.
lol lol

Nancy,  Time to thaw that bacon.  A bacon sandwich sounds great right now.

Verlee,  Same here.  We worked our behinds off and never had to worry about
weight at all.
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