Here is part of the fat; I had already put some in the pan.
Ready to start heating it. Rendering isn't hard; it just takes a while. Some people do this in a crockpot, but I prefer to use the stovetop.
I set the burner on medium-low to medium and took out the liquid with a ladle as it accumulated. Here you can see a bit of the liquid around the edges.
This liquid went into glass jars. It looks a bit yellowish here, but will end up white after it hardens.
This white lard is perfect for making pie crusts. I use a recipe that was handed down from my great-great-great Aunt Lena. I've been using her recipe for about 40 years; it makes the most wonderful pie crusts.
The next step is to cook what's left a little longer to get crispy cracklings. I put these into a bag and into the freezer. They taste a little like crisp bacon and will be great to sprinkle on salads.
The lard that comes from this part of the process is darker and can be used for frying.
This is the first lard I've rendered since we previously had pigs in the mid-1970's.
It's nice to have pigs again and therefore fresh lard and good meat.