National Lard Day
About National Lard Day
When is National Lard Day? This special day is always observed on December 8
Today is not just a day for Fat Cats. It’s a day everyone can enjoy, except Jack Sprat of course. Today is National Lard Day, perhaps the fattest day of the year. The Healthy Fats Coalition created this day to promote the benefits and versatility of lard. They seek to improve the bad reputation of this animal fat. On this December 8 holiday, we are encouraged to eat foods that either have lard in them or are made with lard. Fortunately for you, there are thousands of recipes on the internet with lard as one of the ingredients.
Lard is not all bad. It enhances the flavor of many foods. Over the years, its popularity has ebbed and flowed with every article written about it, especially when referencing its impact on your health. But, before you go off to get your fill of lard, let’s understand what lard is. It is the rendered fat of pigs. It is high in mono-saturated fats and saturated fats. However, it is certainly better than trans fats. And, it has benefits in the kitchen. Lard makes pie crust flakier. It makes cookies and other baked goods softer. Lard is added to deer meat and the meat of other livestock to make it lighter and juicier. And, many people say it makes food taste better. And, it has uses outside of the kitchen, too. Read on…..
Did You Know? Lard has less fat than butter.
How to Celebrate National Lard Day
Forget your low-fat diet for a day. Here are some ideas on how you can enjoy National Lard Day:
- Look up recipes on the internet or in your cookbook.
- Cook things that include it in the ingredients.
- Eat things that contain it.
- Fry or sauté foods in it. Fried chicken anyone!?
- Share a recipe that uses it with others.
- Season cast iron pans with it.
- Make an inexpensive candle with it.
- Use it to soothe burns.
- Use it as a lubricant. Try it on squeaky hinges or wheels.
“It’s simple, if it jiggles, it’s fat.” – – Arnold Schwarzenegger
“Pasta doesn’t make you fat. How much pasta you eat makes you fat.” – – Giada de Laurentis
History and Origin of National Lard Day
In 2018, the Healthy Fats Coalition created National Healthy Fats Day. This soon Led to the creation of National Lard Day. The coalition created it to show that lard belongs in the kitchen, and to educate people that it is a better alternative than trans fats.
We found no congressional records or presidential proclamation about this special day. We do not believe the fat cats in Washington greased the political wheels to enact legislation making this a national day.
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