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Folks back in the day - ate lard every day - lived longer, healthier lives, worked harder and lived better. But enough about that - on with the fun!
Add a little water - about half the volume of the fat - and bring to an uncovered slow boil over low heat, stirring frequently. The water helps the fat not burn or stick to the bottom. Eventually, the water will evaporate, and the golden liquid left is the melted fat. You will know when this happen because the bubbles will look different.
You can make the flakiest, yummiest pie crust in the world with lard!