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Eldon is asking: (1 answer)
I was told lard was best for pie crust. Is there really any difference?

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Last updated: Jan. 16, 2014 7:55 am
Posted: Jan. 8, 2014 3:46 pm
 
Answered by: Nonna Hope
Jan. 8, 2014 3:56 pm
I haven't used it in years but the last time I did I thought it had a strong taste.
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Jan. 8, 2014 3:58 pm
It will make a very tender, flaky crust but you must get good lard so you don't have that off taste.
 
Party Chef
Jan. 8, 2014 3:59 pm
I personally think it is the best for pie crusts and apple dumplings.
 
Jan. 8, 2014 4:17 pm
Many oldtime recipes commonly use lard. We are more aware of eating a healthy diet nowadays and I have never used lard in anything I make. If you look around I am sure you can find good crust recipes that are also more on the healthy side.
 
Jan. 8, 2014 4:20 pm
I would pick lard over crisco.
 
Jan. 8, 2014 4:41 pm
Nothing compares to lard for a flaky pie crust. I don't make pie crusts very often but when I do I use lard. We watch what we eat very closely almost the entire year. For those special occasions I use lard.
 
pelicangal
Jan. 8, 2014 5:19 pm
Have to say that I have never used lard in pie crust. I always use butter. Have had many compliments. I am not against lard, I use it when making tortillas but I love a butter pie crust.
 
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