Lard Bucket

Cudahy Packing Company
Creation Date:
ca. 1930-1940
Accession Number:
Demonstration Collection

Before vegetable oil came into style in the 1950s, Americans relied on lard. It was the classic cooking fat, used for frying, baking and preserving food; outside of the kitchen, it was an ingredient in soap-making and could even be used for machine lubricant. Sharecroppers and other rural Americans most often rendered their own lard: one of the many tasks on hog-killing day.

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