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Saturday, November 02, 2013

Clarifying Pork Fat . . . Yee-Haw!

I think I am what is termed a ‘tactile learner.’  I can follow verbal and written directions well enough, but I think that, if given a choice, I would rather have someone show me how to do something once than to hear or read about it for hours.  That’s just how I roll.

I have a sneaking suspicion that I am not alone.

With that in mind, we here at mylittleprairiehome.com have started a cheeky little series of how-to videos . . . with a bit of a twist.  YouTube is chock full of instructionals on how to do just about anything you can imagine.  Sometimes, there are hundreds of videos on a single topic.  But there isn’t a whole lot of attention given to the stuff that really interests me!

I think that’s what they call a perfect opportunity!

I’m going to look at recipes and various prairie skills that the settlers would have actually utilized way back in the day.  I’ll try to keep it as real as possible and give you as much supporting information as I can.  I have a tendency to be curious about strange questions, and to always dig a little deeper into the history of a recipe or skill, so, hopefully, you will learn something you never knew right along with me.

Ready for our first one?  We’re going to look at how the settlers clarified pork fat for use in pastries!  Yee-haw!!  Let’s go!


  1. Great demo! I just may have to start saving bacon grease for my next pie crust. Lovely to see you in your warm, friendly kitchen.

  2. Thanks Tami! It was fun to make the video! I have actually always saved bacon grease. . .but to use the flavorful bits for seasoning various things. I am used to straining out the fat, instead of what I am doing here. . .straining out the yummy bits! Who knew?!?


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