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Pastured Pork Lard

We trace the negative connotations associated with the word “lard” at least back to the 80s movie Stand By Me. Meanwhile, on the other side of the country, the Don Drapers of Madison Avenue beat the “Fat Free” drum for decades in commercials and on countless product packages, even as the collective American waistline continued to expand. As it turns out, there are good fats (e.g., fish oil, avocado oil) and bad fats (e.g., trans fats like margarine). We’re proud to make grain-free products that are rich in good fats and healthy oils.

Pastured pork lard is rich in important, fat-soluble vitamins (like A, D, E, and K-2) and contains a significant amount of monounsaturated fatty acids as well. Research shows that pastured pork lard typically has higher levels of Omega-3 (anti-inflammatory) fatty acids and antioxidants and lower levels of Omega-6 (inflammatory) fatty acids1. In general, pasture-raised, well-fed, and humanely-treated animals lead happier and healthier lives than those confined to small pens. Those happier and healthier animals naturally produce higher-quality and more nutrient-dense food products, like our pastured pork lard.

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The white, creamy, flavorful pork lard that we use in Siete Cassava & Coconut Tortillas is kettle-rendered, non-hydrogenated, and safely handled and shipped. The heirloom breeds of pigs that we use to produce our lard are fed organic, non-GMO food and are free to roam in green pastures, roll in mud, and sun themselves on the veranda while sipping a mojito. (That last one is a slight exaggeration.)

Since we began Siete Family Foods, we’ve aimed to make innovative grain-free products using heirloom ingredients that respect our cultural and culinary heritage. Using pastured pork lard in our tortillas honors the traditional recipe of homemade flour tortillas like our abuela made in her kitchen.

 

  1. CIWF, 2012. Nutritional Benefits of Higher Welfare Animals.