Feather and Bone is now selling pasture-fed pork leaf lard and rendered beef suet. Both are $12 per 300 gm jar, not cheap but worth every cent, in my opinion. Of course it’s cheaper to DIY at home but it’s way more convenient to buy it from the experts.
Contrary to conventional wisdom, animal fats are not bad for you. I won’t go into the details here but you can have a read here, here, here, etc. What I will say, though, is that 1) saturated fat is much more stable than unsaturated fat (unstable fats lead to free radicals, i.e. DNA damage), 2) no natural food comes with just one type of fat and 3) toxins accumulate in fat. Moral of the story: you’re better off aiming for the best quality fat you can buy. Always.
Animals that are pasture-fed have a much healthier fat profile than their grain-fed counterparts. This is an oversimplification, but in essence the explanation is that the omega-3 (anti-inflammatory) to omega-6 (inflammatory) ratio is higher. On top of that, the flavour is amazing.
Recommended uses for both products include deep-frying and pastries. So far I’ve used them for “normal” cooking only, but I might come up with grain-free versions of some Peruvian treats later on.
Feather and Bone also sell rendered duck fat (same price, same jar size), which I’ll be trying soon to roast potatoes.
Feather and Bone
8/10-14 Lilian Fowler Pl
Marrickville NSW 2204
(02) 9818 2717