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    lard vs shortening vs oil

    ala-kat
    Mon Oct 15, 2012 10:44 pm
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    I am looking to make a nice array of Mexican dishes this holiday season, and was wondering which is best for flavor. I'm not concerned enough with the health aspects of it as I never use shortening and use very little oil in my day to day cooking. It is my understanding (and I may very well be wrong) that lard is the way to go for the more traditional taste.

    I'm mainly looking at tamales (OMG, I can't wait!!) and tortillas using lard. What do you suggest?
    Mama's Kitchen (Hope)
    Wed Oct 17, 2012 6:18 pm
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    Welcome ala-kat!

    Lard is definitely the one you want for traditional flavor. Shortening and so forth are definitely the healthier alternative but nothing can compare to the flavor and texture lard adds especially to tamales, IMHO.
    ala-kat
    Wed Oct 17, 2012 6:56 pm
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    Thank you icon_biggrin.gif Lard it is icon_biggrin.gif I make a concerted effort to eat healthy (as in mostly cooking fresh and staying away from processed), but I refuse to get all obsessive about it.

    Having never made tamales before, I see that it is going to be a time consuming process, and I'm okay with that. But...if I'm going to put forth the time and effort, I want the best taste possible icon_biggrin.gif The tamale tutorial here is fantastic and gives me great confidence.

    Thanks again icon_biggrin.gif
    ala-kat
    Wed Oct 17, 2012 7:35 pm
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    One more quick question...if a recipe calls for shortening, does the amount translate to lard? I suspect it does but just want to clarify. Thanks icon_biggrin.gif
    Mama's Kitchen (Hope)
    Wed Nov 07, 2012 3:13 pm
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    Sorry I missed this post! YES they are equal in measurement!


    Let us know how they come out!
    ala-kat
    Wed Nov 07, 2012 9:24 pm
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    I will let you know, thanks icon_biggrin.gif I'm shooting for between Thanksgiving and Christmas, but I'll be starting putting together things in the next few days. Too much cooking for a meal in one day icon_eek.gif Slow and steady, and then it will be ready. I really feel good about it from the wonderful advice I have received in this forum icon_biggrin.gif
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