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Welcome to Guildbrook Farm

We live off the grid in the foothills of Appalachia and share with you all we know (and don’t know) about canning, cooking, critters, gardening, solar, building stuff, living debt free, and the journey to be self-sustainable. Click on a topic and get started!

How to Render Leaf Fat Lard

How to Render Leaf Fat Lard

Did you know there are different types of lard and they have different uses? Jaime covers the different types of lard:  pork belly, leaf fat, and all the rest and shows you how she renders it down to produce a clean cooking fat for use in pastries, pie crusts, greens, and everything in between.


*A Note on Water: Water prevents lard from keeping long term. Use the least amount of water necessary to keep the lard from burning. Start with 1/4 cup then add more as necessary. This requires more monitoring than dumping in a large amount at one time, but will all you to keep your lard in the refrigerator longer.

Curing Bacon with Grass-fed Homestead

Curing Bacon with Grass-fed Homestead

Super Quick Pantry Beef Stew

Super Quick Pantry Beef Stew