Originally Posted by playingwithsugar
Lard is what poor folks and cultures who wasted nothing used way back in the day, for their pie crusts, icings, etc. Today many people still use it in their pastry. I am sure that if it left an aftertaste, they would have reconsidered it.
Oh, darlin', that is SO not true!
I grew up poorer than dirt. We had perfect attendance at school because that's where the food and the heat was. We learned early in life that no matter what it tasted like, you ate it and YOU LIKED IT .... whether you did or not.
When you are so poor that NOTHING goes to waste, then you can't "reconsider" using something else.
Sometimes you just have no choice.
Well, you do. But choosing between starving and eating what's in front of you is a no-choice choice.
Besides....if that's all you grew up on, you didn't KNOW it tasted bad. You thought it was SUPPOSE to taste that way.
Give ya an example. My mom is a TERRIBLE cook. She believed in putting sugar on everything. I grew up thinking that EVERYONE put 4 or 5 Tbsp of sugar on top of their spaghetti! I never "reconsidered" not doing that because I thought it was normal!
When people ask if I learned to be a caterer "because your mom was a good cook?" I say, "Oh hell no! I learned to cook out of necessity!"