I don’t use butter that often – but sometimes I’m really in a buttery mood and I’ll fry my pancake in ghee. – Alison
For several decades, fats were vilified as the source of many health problems and were avoided by many, including Alison – she avoided all fats, completely, for ten years. The distinction that was lost in this macro witch-hunt was WHICH fats were a problem for our health – because some of them very much ARE a problem, while others are necessary for optimal health. However, the problem fats are the ones being promoted, marketed and sold to people in mass quantities today, and nourishing ancestral fats are being cast aside.
Alison and Andrea discuss which fats are optimal for our ancestral kitchens, a little bit about the ones to avoid, and share some of the shocking story on the origin of Crisco.
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“We buy pig back fat from Flavio, my farmer, and then we render it ourselves once every six weeks.” – Alison
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The Run Down:
4:18 What did you eat today?
7:28 Today’s episode
9:18 The fats we love in our kitchens
11:31 Why we use these fats
14:48 The fats we don’t use
18:03 Patreon bonus mentioned here!
22:44 Another Patreon bonus mentioned!
31:28 Rule of thumb for identifying the good ancestrally-used fats
33:18 Let’s talk about Lard!
40:53 Olive oil
56:03 Smoke points of fats and oils
58:38 Kids and fats, fertility and fats
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“They spent more money on the Crisco marketing campaign than any campaign had ever spent up until that point.”
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Weight Loss: Episode 31
Aran making Injera: Patrons, check the Kitchen Table Chats Patreon feed for the audio (podcast) and video recording (in the podcast notes)
Alison: “What do you do with your lard?”
Andrea: “What don’t you do with your lard?”
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