Here in the UK, lard used to be a necessity for making good flaky pastry. It’s pure fat, without water, unlike butter. Some home cooks still use it. It’s not the most glamourous of food products, being rendered pork fat and there doesn’t seem to be a lot of choice.
Just Lard ‘refinded pork fat with added antioxidant’ is 99.7g fat per 100g and contains ‘tocopherol-rich extract’ (whatever that is). 54p for 250g (11/07/20). No manufacturer details given. https://www.waitrose.com/ecom/products/just-lard/508684-661605-661606
Kerrymaid lard, from Kerry Foods, in Cahirciveen, Co Kerry, costs 50p for 250g (11/07/20). It doesn’t contain hydrogenated fats and uses ‘natural tocopherols’. It’s 98.8g fat per 100g. https://www.iceland.co.uk/p/kerrymaid-lard-250g/45976.htm
Although the Co-op website showed zero results for lard, the website of Dike & Son, in Stalybridge seems to be selling Co-op lard for 55p for 250g. (11/07/20). This lard is 9.9g of fat per10g serving. https://www.dikes-direct.co.uk/shop/search/217725/co-op-lard
Although Tesco has sold Tesco Everyday Valye Lard in the past, currently, it is selling T.E.Stockwell & Co lard at 39p for 250g (11/07/20). The antioxidant is rosemary extract and the lard is 98,8 grams of fat per 100g. No manufacturer’s details are given.
Morrisons Savers Lard is 40p for 250g (11/07/20) with a fat content of 99.8g per 100g. Antioxidants used are tocopherols and extracts of rosemary.
Sainsbury’s Basics Lard also costs 40p for 250g (11/07/20) and a fat content of 99.8g per 100g. Rosemary extract is used as an antioxidant
ASDA Smart Price Lard is 39p for 250g (11/07/20) with a fat content of 99.7g of fat per 100g. It uses tocopherol-rich extract as an antioxidant.
Website currently displaying Covid-19 queuing instructions. According to search engines, Ocado sells Kerrymaid (see Iceland, above).
Foodservice company, Brakes sells Kerrymaid lark in a pack of 40 x 250g packs for £23.19. This equates with 57p per pack. buying at Iceland, saves 7p per pack.
Foodservice Direct will sell you 40 x 250g blocks of Kerrymaid via Amazon Prime for £34.95 which works out at 87p per pack. Not a good deal. If you’re after Black Country pork dripping, Iberico pork fat or any kind of Italian lard, it’s worth a look to get a feel of prices.
Free range Gloucester Old Spot pork fat trimmings 4.99/kg in approx 500g packages (12/07?20) https://shop.fordhallfarm.com/p/Pork_Fat_Trimmings/9199695c46154f4eb907e621b358243c/7345f043c2324670a3936874148d8259/
Green Pasture Farms
Organic pork lard 350g 4.99 (12/07/20)
Organic pork lard 320g 4.99 (12/07/20)
Coombe Farm Organics
Organic pork lard 190g 3.95 (arrives frozen)
The Organic Pantry
Rare breed pork lard £1.50 each weight not stated (12/07/20)
Polish people know lard as slonina. Here’s some from Doncaster Smakpol which delivers locally. 28p per 100g https://smakpol-doncaster.co.uk/mieso-wedliny-i-sery-krojone/4846-slonina-100g.html
Vorrei sells Cantabrian organic free range black lard 8.90 for 250g (12/07/20)
Here’s a piece in The Independent, back in 2018, saying that lard can be healthier than butter
Another piece, this time from the Telegraph, in 2011.
Oliver Thring, also in 2011, in The Guardian