Sunday, June 27, 2010

Lard Rant

There is a bakery in town that has delicious bread. I buy it sometimes, such as their basil pesto bread, or sun dried tomato bread. I've been going there since I've moved here. Lately, me and the hubby have been discussing the dangers of preservatives. Have you ever looked at your package of bread from the grocery store? It contains very little yeast, flour, and water. Instead it is a list of chemicals and stuff I can't pronounce. So I decided, hey let me pay a little more and I'll buy some fresh bread from the bakery. Today I headed to the bakery, and decided to ask what exactly their ingredients were in their bread.

" hmmm, I'm not really sure. Yeast, flour, sugar, water.." She pauses for a minute.

Me: " Oh that's it? That's great! I'll start buying bread here weekly."

" Oh yeah, we also put lard."

LARD?!?!? That was the first time I've ever heard of Italian bread having lard. My jaw literally dropped. I've read ALOT of bread recipes, and I've rarely encountered lard. Shortening sure. But lard?!? The only other bread I know that sometimes uses lard are tortillas.

I informed them that an ingredient like that is something one should mention, because many people do not eat pork. And a lot of people don't eat lard for medical reasons, such as hmmmm heart attacks. Needless to say, I was mad.

Oh well. I will move on from this tragedy. People! Before you buy bread at a bakery ask them for their ingredients.


  1. wow thanks for the heads up. i wouldn't have thought that either. what the heck anyway. who still uses lard in anything? that was something we looked out for in the 80's, but i thought food manufacturers had stopped using it a long time ago.

  2. I know it's craziness!! Especially at a bakery, it's the last place you'd expect it.

  3. thank you so much for the info. I thought like you lard is only used in tortillas and in mexican food.