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Uses for rancid lard?

 
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Couldn't find the best place for this.  I've got a bunch of lard that went bad on me.  So far the best idea we've come up with is chainsaw grease.  Maybe inoculate it with mushroom spores so it greases the forest with spores!  

But what other uses can folks see for bad lard?  Or other oils?  Right now I probably have 2 gallons of it.  I'm sure it'll happen again someday, too...
 
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Soak absorbent things in it and use it as firestarting thingies.

I say this but have about 5 gallons of old palm oil lying around (that I was given) no idea what to do with it myself as I have no fires that need lighting.
 
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Pond sealant
Cast iron coating
Anywhere you would use wd40
Fat for chicken / duck feed
 
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If it were mine, I’d make soap. Probably using the hot method, which would yield a soap that’s not necessarily the best for showers, but very good for washing clothes and other stuff like that.
 
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All good ideas!  The chickens love cracklin's.  I wasn't sure if the rancid oil would be very good for their system though.  I know they probably wouldn't care!  And I usually feed them ALL kinds of things, but the rancidity is an unknown to me there.  And with soap; I worried that the smell would carry through?  Have you tried this?

As far as cast iron, we always cook in cast iron with lard, so they're VERY happy pans ;)  

Tell me more about a pond sealant!  This is fascinating!  :D
 
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Used in conjunction with clay, fat helps reduce water conductivity through a soil column.

Link below is about vegetable oil
https://www.seepagecontrol.com/howitworks.html

My tests indicate similar results with animal fat substances

I used it, in conjunction with a few handfuls of bentonite to seal a spot where the clay wasnt thick enough. I also added leaves so the water that did seep through would pull fat, clay, and leaves (gley) into thr seeps and seal it. Worked!
 
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Compost it and feed the hungry micro-herd.

That would season a heck of a lot of cast iron.
 
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I'd also go with soap, like cleaning soap, not washing-body-or-hair soap. I often use rancid lard/cooking oil to make mine, but it really doesnt come through in the soap.

And of course the classic thing, metal greasing/preservation. Grease up your swords! Cast iron pans! Your wagon axles!
 
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We've put all the rancid lard in a 5 gallon bucket and will be making a year's worth of soap from it  That seems like our most beneficial applications.  Save the good lard for eating!
 
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It could be used as a pawpaw pollinator attractant. Road kill and manure are the more common attractants, but rancid lard would probably work well too.
https://www.petersonpawpaws.com/pollination
 
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