Quantcast

smelly lard

SoapMakingForum

Help Support SoapMakingForum:

t4lenza

Member
Joined
Feb 29, 2008
Messages
5
Reaction score
0
Hi I'm new here. I have made one batch of soap, for which I purchased the lard. It turned out great. This time around I rendered my own. Now while I did not go out of my way to smell the store bought stuff I am pretty sure it had no odor. While mine still smells pretty darn porky. After the first rendering, I cooled it scooped off the good stuff and reheated and restrained it. It is currently cooling on the back porch and looks great. But still smells a bit.
I can find nothing that addresses this in any artical. Is it a non issue?
 

Soapmaker Man

Well-Known Member
Joined
Jul 17, 2007
Messages
3,006
Reaction score
87
Location
SW Missouri
Peel a few potatoes next time you render and throw them in the water or just the pork fat. The potatoes will absorb the lard smell and leave your lard without, or very little smell! It really works! Try adding a little salt to the water or fat also when you render.

Paul, been there, done that!
 

t4lenza

Member
Joined
Feb 29, 2008
Messages
5
Reaction score
0
Thanks Paul,

Can I still do it with this batch, even though I have melted it twice?

Toby
 

Soapmaker Man

Well-Known Member
Joined
Jul 17, 2007
Messages
3,006
Reaction score
87
Location
SW Missouri
t4lenza said:
Thanks Paul,

Can I still do it with this batch, even though I have melted it twice?

Toby
Yea, just remelt in on low and don't get your lard too hot, or hot too fast, as that is what really brings out the "oink" smell in the lard! :lol:
 

Woodi

Well-Known Member
Joined
Jul 25, 2007
Messages
885
Reaction score
8
Location
Ontario, Canada
I just made some lard soap with what seemed like meaty-smelling lard at first. (A neighbour gave me some lovely jars of pure, organic pork fat she rendered herself) I added clove, peppermint eo's. The soap came out fine, smelling mostly of peppermint. I won't sell this one though, just for personal use.
 

gsferg

New Member
Joined
Mar 1, 2008
Messages
3
Reaction score
0
Location
Whitefield Maine
I've got a hunch that the smell mostly comes from how you render it- with or without water- but I'm still experimenting. I think you end up with a cleaner, less smelly fat if you render it in water but rendering it without water is certainly faster, and simpler. I've heard about the potato trick but haven't tried it. Yet. I will.

The stuff you buy in stores is heavily processed and refined and usually included preservatives to keep it from going rancid. The lack of smell actually bothers me...
 

LaLuna

Member
Joined
Feb 18, 2008
Messages
12
Reaction score
0
Location
Sandy Creek, Australia
How do you render lard? Do you just boil the meat and scoop the fat off the top? Is that what lard is - straight animal fat? What part of the animal do you use? I mean, if you were killing your own animal, could you use the bits that you don't want to eat? Whats the difference between tallow and lard? Excuse my naivety in this matter :lol:
 

Soapmaker Man

Well-Known Member
Joined
Jul 17, 2007
Messages
3,006
Reaction score
87
Location
SW Missouri
LaLuna said:
How do you render lard? Do you just boil the meat and scoop the fat off the top? Is that what lard is - straight animal fat? What part of the animal do you use? I mean, if you were killing your own animal, could you use the bits that you don't want to eat? Whats the difference between tallow and lard? Excuse my naivety in this matter :lol:
I have rendered more tallow than lard. When I go to my butcher I ask for the kidney fat as it is the best. I boil it in water and let the fat, tallow from beef, lard from pork, come to the top. By putting it in the refrigerator, in the morning the clean lard or tallow pops right out. I clean by scraping the bottom goop off and place in storage Glad containers.

Paul
 

t4lenza

Member
Joined
Feb 29, 2008
Messages
5
Reaction score
0
So after all that smelly talk, I rerendered my lard Saturday morn. and used the potatoe trick. I was satisfied when I took the potatoe out that it smelled better. I sat it out on the porch as it is still quite cold here and about 7 went to start soap making. Again I convinced myself it was too smelly, so as I was heating it, I threw in two more potatoes, let it go for about ten minutes, then just pulled it off the heat and added my other fats. All seems to have gone well. The EO I used seems to be taking up any slack and I have sixty new bars of soap. So batch #2 is complete and curing.

thanks all for the response. So much to learn.
 

Saltysteele

Well-Known Member
Joined
Aug 8, 2009
Messages
686
Reaction score
3
Location
MI
am searching for new recipes, and found this thread. thought i'd give it a bump for any other animal-fat-soap lovers out there wondering about the best way to render
 

Jody63

Well-Known Member
Joined
Sep 1, 2009
Messages
117
Reaction score
0
Location
Colville Wa.
I just use the Lard in the tubs at Wal Mart. Is there any benefit to the soap in rendering Tallow/Lard yourself? Do most grocers willingly save the fat for you? I would have to work up the nerve to even ask, but that is just me I guess. :wink:
 
Top