The most insightful comments on all subjects will be published daily in dedicated articles. Way to go, Dawn! From a chicken or goose, the rendered fat is known as schmaltz. Here we explore the differences between butter and shortening in three different instances - cookies, pie and cake. The existing Open Comments threads will continue to exist for those who do not subscribe to Independent Premium. I haven’t been as rigorous in my thinking as I should be — and I genuinely appreciate you pointing out my blind spots! I would also be careful with the findings of the Women’s Health Initiative (by no means a “final word” on anything) – men and women do not share the exact same cardiovascular system, at least not when it gets down to the finer details, so these findings may not apply as readily to males. Unsaturated fats, it’s thought, are better for you, said to have the effect of raising the so-called “good cholesterol” in the body. In comparison, avocado sales rose by just under 10 per cent last year. That being said, the nutritionist does go on to explain that not all lard can be considered healthy. Oooh, invite me over for THAT cake. However, recent studies have found that eating more monosaturated fat doesn't increase the risk of heart disease at all, while some studies show it can raise good HDL cholesterol and lower the risk of heart disease. I’m about to embark on some experimental lard-based cakes for a client with a casein allergy. It’s this mixture of solids and liquids that gives fats like butter and lard their semi-solid consistency. Although lard is the traditional fat used in authentic Mexican flour tortillas, you can use almost any type of fat. Want to bookmark your favourite articles and stories to read or reference later? I guess what I meant to say was that you need to look at the bigger picture, apply some common sense, and figure out what works for you. 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I was going to guess Minnesota! I just got done referee-ing roller derby. U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommends not more than 300mg of cholesterol intake every day. Whereas lard is virtually 100% fats, butter is not. The restaurant was praised for a fun sense of fine-dining, “blurring the line between the kitchen and the dining room”, Researchers at Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University in Chicago recently presented their results of a study looking into the effects of sleep deprivation upon high-calorific food consumption. Other pieces of kitchen equipment also stacked up highly in their findings, with the bacterial readings averaging at 2,483 on kettle handles, 1,746 on the rim of a used mug and 1,592 on a fridge door handle. In many ways, this crust was quite similar to the shortening version. To encourage more people to cook and eat together, IKEA has launched The Dining Club in Shoreditch – a fully immersive ‘Do-It-Yourself’ restaurant . It allows our most engaged readers to debate the big issues, share their own experiences, discuss real-world solutions, and more. Great comment, OB! There’s good news and bad news here, though overall it seems the scales tip in lard’s direction. You get so much better taste with homemade lard and it's healthier. Instead, he recommends buying high quality lard from a farm that rears free-range pigs. Lard had a major effect on the texture of pie crust and biscuits. Published in journal Nature Metabolism, the study found that while BCAAs help to build muscle, they can also negatively impact an individual's temperament, cause weight gain and lead to a shortened lifespan, Most people love chocolate but it turns out no one does more than the Brits – with the average Brit found to have consumed 8.4 kg of chocolate in 2017, according to new data. Come to think of it, I don’t know about any of it, for according to the results of the Women’s Health Initiative study, none of it really matters to your health anyway. Lard is excellent for frying and sautéing and it will seriously up your baking game. We tried them to see what's best. “Those kind of fats we actually need in our diets and it has much more in fact than butter does. Scratch that. Your emotional well-being probably affects your longevity and quality of life more than any dietary considerations, so don’t worry be happy etc., etc., and on that note I think I’ll go bake me some rich butter cake and slather it with bucket-loads of ganache made with some heavy English cream (theirs is 48% ;-)). Very observant. The most common fat products that we hear of, though, is lard. As I’ve mentioned in previous posts on fats, fats that are saturated tend to be firm at room temperature, those that are unsaturated tend to be liquid (for a helpful metaphor on that subject, see this post on shortening and oil). You can see lard on sale at the main market in Riga in the featured image at the top of this post. The cake needs to be casein-free (no dairy), gluten-free, AND soy-free, as well as hydrogenated oil-free. “Butter and Lard are both high in fat. Compositionally, though, there are certain factors that make lard more desirable, at least based on the (ehem) current thinking of many researchers and nutritionists. Substitute shortening, butter or canola oil for the lard. The company responsible for some of your favourite chocolate brands – think Cadbury, Milks, Prince and Oreo – have officially announced an opening to join their team as a professional chocolate taster. I’m pretty confident about the butter to lard substitution in the cake, but I’m a little less sure about what to do for the icing. Lard Is Back In The Larder, But Hold The Health Claims : The Salt Although some tout lard as a "healthy" animal fat, it's still high in saturated fat, like butter. Lard: The Flaky Fat. Stir-frying: Lard is well-suited to cooking at high temperatures, and it is quite resistant to oxidation. They will be available in most major super markets as 120g bars, priced at £1.49, according to the company. Making pie crusts and other bakery products: lard is famous for giving pastry-style products a crisp and flaky texture. There’s the camp that likes to combine the two and the small but vociferous camp that champions pies made with lard. Butter vs. The main difference between Lard and Butter is that the Lard is a pig fat in both its rendered and unrendered forms and Butter is a dairy product. Before the trend toward plant-based oils gained traction, us Brits would consume good old-fashioned lard without fear. Are you sure you want to delete this comment? Lard vs. Some cooks prefer lard for the preparation of pastries due to the flakiness it brings to the product. The fatty acids attached to the backbone are all different from one another, and more than that, vary from molecule to molecule. If you”re scared of butter”s finicky nature, you may want to turn to lard. Beyoncé, Natalie Portman and Jessica Chastain are among the growing list of Hollywood stars who have eschewed animal products from their diets in recent years. You can't spill lard the way you can spill vegetable and nut oils. Some argue that it not a spread but guacamole while others question if there is any avocado in there at all. Oh jeepers. The rendered fat from a duck is usually called duck fat or lard. A lot less safety gear than hockey (which I play during the winter). For vegetable oil, substitute a 7/8 cup for 1 cup of lard. It is important to remember that all foods should be enjoyed in moderation. It argues that the dairy industry is struggling as a result of all the dairy-free alternatives on the market and the public are being duped too, UK confectionary giant Cadbury has launched two new chocolate bars, hoping to lure those with a sweet tooth and perhaps help combat some of the challenges it faces from rising commodity prices and a post-Brexit slump in the value of the pound.The company’s new products will be peanut butter and mint flavoured. I usually use 1/2 butter and shortening, as many people do not like the slightly gamy taste of commercial lard. You should end up with a crust that features the best of both fats—gorgeous flakes from the lard and rich flavor from the butter. Agree very strongly with that last sentence, Joe. I guess what I’m trying to say is that a little common sense goes a long way – I wouldn’t waste too much time with a lot of these studies because you must balance so many factors all at once – one finding will never add up to much when considered in isolation. Your email address will not be published. It shouldn’t be a scary word, especially in the kitchen. Thanks! Calorie-wise, lard has more of them, about 15% more, which makes a lot of sense when you consider that butter is about 15% water. I don’t know about that. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Like lard, it is often used in pie crust recipes. Dr Gordon Shepherd, from the Yale School of Medicine, said sniffing and analysing a wine before drinking it requires “exquisite control of one of the biggest muscles in the body”, : In heartening news for anyone feeling guilty about quitting their New Year diet, it seems lots of us have given in to our sweet tooths once again. However, while we’re busy filling our shopping trolleys with gluten-free goodness, we’re also jamming it with junk food and alcohol, new research suggests. Add the liquid slowly into your flour mixture. Lard is solid but spreadable at room temperature. Shortening: Which is BETTER? Coca-Cola want people make this move while not sacrificing sugary taste of Coca-Cola. It also has industrial uses in the production of cosmetics, and … Butter contains quite some water (around 20%) and contains some other minerals and a little bit of protein. Vegetable oil- Use a 1:1 ratio for olive or coconut oil. Personally, I don’t think it really matters which fat is “better for you” and which fat is “worse”. A Taste Test will tell This channel is about making money, saving money, and managing time. That’s right—fat! We're not going to make any health claims about lard -- because what do we Taste editors know about health? You will now be able to drink coffee for longer as new study shows its can lead to a prolonged life. Not only are lettuces becoming an increasingly rare commodity in supermarkets, but prices for the leafy vegetables seem to be rising too. Not all fats are created equal when it comes to baking. Create a commenting name to join the debate, There are no Independent Premium comments yet - be the first to add your thoughts, There are no comments yet - be the first to add your thoughts. One tablespoon of butter contains over 7g of saturated fat. Making the switch to veganism is a major lifestyle choice, one that many claim can improve energy levels, lower the risk of cardiovascular disease and clear up any skin issues. And while past research has linked unsaturated fats to heart disease, more recent ones suggest that eating healthy unsaturated fats could actually improve heart health. Yeah, I’m with you, maybe a seven-minute frosting? One pack has 154 calories and will sell for about 90p. There is good news and a final hope for coffee addicts and lovers. Fat, you see, is not a uniform substance. That, or a simple sugar glaze. A study published in the American Journal of Physiology by researchers at the University of Bath found you might be likely to burn more fat if you have not eaten first, A New York restaurant where an average meal for two will cost $700 has been named the best in the world. Vegetable shortening is primarily used in baking. Tallow vs Lard vs Suet vs Schmaltz . Lard is also often substituted for butter in pastry making as it produces flakier pastry, on the other hand it doesn’t have the wonderful rich taste of butter. The rendering process, and the part of the pig from which the fat was taken can affect the texture, taste and flavor of the lard. Lard is just the reverse, more unsaturated fats than saturated fats, which makes it a “better fat” as the present-day thinking goes. As a cook, you should know and love fat. According to high street health food chain Holland & Barrett, sales of the herb have increased by 187 per cent compared to the same time last year, Avoiding wheat, barley and rye in the belief that a gluten-free diet brings health benefits may do more harm than good, according to a team of US nutrition and medicine experts, Starbucks is launching two new coffee-based drinks in the UK, as it strives to tap into consumers’ growing appetite for healthy beverages. The iconic British chocolate bar is about to get its partner in crime. Oh heck, OB, you didn’t offend me if that’s what you’re thinking! Butter has 33mg cholesterol in one table spoon.Technically, margarine is partially hydrogenated vegetable oil. It is said to be more like a Florentine biscuit with a thin dark chocolate bottom. Each type of fat has its potential benefits and drawbacks, and provides a taste and texture that is slightly different than lard. Compositionally, though, there are certain factors that make lard more desirable, at least based on the (ehem) current thinking of many researchers and nutritionists. A roller derby-loving baker in Wyoming. While being moderately healthy Mars says that is has ‘good intentions’. In fact, Travers even suggests that it could be better for us than butter. I’ve stopped paying too much attention to all this research. I may have to make one of those cakes myself. Butter has unsaturated fats in its lipid mix, but it has more saturated fats. It comes from grass-fed cows in Ireland and has a luscious texture and rich salty-sweet flavor. Because it has a higher melting point than butter, lard remains solid longer in the oven’s heat. The pizza features the queen in an iconic pose illustrated with fresh and tasty Italian ingredients on a backdrop of the Union Jack, Blue potatoes, once a staple part of British potato crops, are back on the menu thanks to a Cambridge scientist turned-organic farmer and Farmdrop, an online marketplace that lets people buy direct from local farms. Manufacturers often deodorize and refine lard to reduce scents or flavors and add preservatives to prevent rancidity, all of which contributes to a more neutral taste. I have found in my cooking that Lard is less of a moistening agent. There’s also been an increasing number of professional athletes who have gone vegan, such as boxing champions Mike Tyson and David Haye, thus debunking the myth that following a plant-based diet will leave you feeling weak and malnourished. Splitting hairs over it, to me, makes no sense whatsoever. This would suggest you get slightly more essential fats from lard but, if you enjoy cooking with or spreading butter on your toast, then you should go for it.”. “When you get down to it, there's nothing actually wrong with including lard in your diet.”. If it says hydrogenated anywhere on the label it should be avoided, warns Tebbutt. AMEN. “Try to cut down on foods that are high in saturated fat and have smaller amounts of foods that are rich in unsaturated fat instead. http://joepastry.com/category/pastry-components/icings-frostings/seven-minute-frosting/. Lard is used to make lardy cake – go here for more on that. Our journalists will try to respond by joining the threads when they can to create a true meeting of independent Premium. But one scientist argues it should be used as a “supersalt” and encourages adding it to food. There’s the all-butter camp and the all-shortening camp. "Once a child starts overeating behaviour at a young age it’s very hard to turn things around for them in terms of food and their eating habits moving forward, leading to obesity from at very young age," she added, According to Tesco, pineapple has overtaken avocado as the UK’s fastest-selling fruit, with sales increasing by 15 per cent in 2017. Dawn, I’d love to share that cake, but that might be a bit challenging (geographically). “Everything in moderation, including moderation.”. Kerrygold butter is a sunshiny, golden yellow, which also describes the taste. The new bar, named Goodness Knows, will replace the gooey caramel goodness of the mars bar with oats. The fruit develops without a seed which in turns stops the growth, creating a small, seedless fruit. Please be respectful when making a comment and adhere to our Community Guidelines. Sift or blend the flour, salt and baking powder together. Words of wisdom, my friend… Words of wisdom…. "For a healthy choice, use just a small amount of vegetable oil or reduced fat spread instead of butter, lard or ghee. It is served in a classic sesame seed bun, and contains salad, tomato, pickles and red onion. I shall be careful what stats I cite in the future. Starbucks have introduced their new avocado spread earlier this year and it has the internet in debate. Woops. Cholesterol is a lipid essential for producing hormones and takes two forms: LDL, or bad cholesterol, and HDL, good cholesterol. While pure lard contains no trans fats, the stuff that's commercially produced and can be bought from supermarkets might, so you need to make sure you read the labels properly. Feelings about pie fats run deep. Lard is used in many cuisines as a shortening or cooking fat or a spread like butter. (Though not the same glorious flavor.) Butter is also creamed with powdered sugar to create a thick paste that can be sandwiched in the middle of cakes and muffins (buttercream). Because it has a higher melting point than butter, lard remains solid longer in the oven’s heat. Cut in the lard and process until the flour and lard is a sandy consistency. Yeah, and roller derby also makes all of that padding you’re shedding necessary. Before looking at the fatty acid composition of butter, one other main difference has to be pointed out. Lard contains 60 percent healthy fat. According to the weekly report from the Government’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, a pair of Little Gem lettuces had an average market price of £0.86 in the week that ended on Friday, up from an average of £0.56 in the previous week – that’s an almost 54 per cent increase. I didn’t consider that men and women’s cardiovascular systems are a little different. The much loved drink will be replaced with a ‘new improved taste’. Butter. I am so with you on the lard and butter approach to pie crust. Margarine contains unsaturated fatty acids and little to no cholesterol; however it may contain trans fat, whi… “The difference between lard and butter is that lard is made up of 50% monounsaturated fat whereas butter is around 32%. Required fields are marked *. Lard had a major effect on the texture of pie crust and biscuits. Others won’t. Hi Dana, so glad you happened upon this recipe! "This is a nightmare situation for parents of this generation as they have no idea how to teach their children to delay their response to cravings,” she said, explaining that too many young kids binge on these chocolates because their parents don’t know how to stop them. It’s always a bit of a challenge. 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