Lard comes out of the recipes as rest...

Lard comes out of the recipes as restaurants obey new law

There are 19 comments on the Vallejo Times-Herald story from Jan 2, 2010, titled Lard comes out of the recipes as restaurants obey new law. In it, Vallejo Times-Herald reports that:

Mouth-watering carnitas require a decent dose of lard, according to the cooks at Los Gallos taqueria.

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United States

#1 Jan 2, 2010
There is a difference between giving people a better option, and making the choice for them.

I'm not shocked to see children as a frontline excuse. You know, there ARE a lot of obese children out there, but if you think the blame lies anywhere but solely on the parents, you're probably the parent of an obese child.

Napa, CA

#2 Jan 2, 2010
better get the soviet tanks out and raise the flags.....soon this whole country will be communist...

no more plasma TV's, no more transfats,no more fireplace lightings..........

why dont they just come out and say "tommorow will be spare the breath day!!! Californian's are breathing too much air!!!"??????????
smokey bear

United States

#3 Jan 2, 2010

San Francisco, CA

#4 Jan 2, 2010
Lard - From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Lard is pig fat in both its rendered and unrendered forms. Lard was commonly used in many cuisines as a cooking fat or shortening, or as a spread similar to butter. Its use in contemporary cuisine has diminished because of health concerns posed by its saturated-fat content and its often negative image; however, many contemporary cooks and bakers favor it over other fats for select uses. The culinary qualities of lard vary somewhat depending on the part of the pig from which the fat was taken and how the lard was processed. Lard is still commonly used to manufacture soap.

Livingston, CA

#5 Jan 2, 2010
I really don't know anything, but I don't believe that lard is a transfat.

By the way, I'm over weight and have used nothing but olive oil for many years, and I use it sparingly. But, I eat too much healthy food.

It is how many calories you eat compared to how many you burn that makes you fat. Not what form of calories you eat.

Glencoe, IL

#6 Jan 2, 2010
Without doubt this is the most ignorant article I've seen this year (okay, so it's only the second day of the year). Since when is lard a trans fat? Sheesh!

Daly City, CA

#7 Jan 2, 2010
smokey bear wrote:

Daly City, CA

#8 Jan 2, 2010
The legislature and governor can't pass a balanced budget, but they find time to pass laws like this?
The base salary for a California state legislator is about $117,000 a year, plus $30,000 per diem for expenditures. Fat indeed!
The Saint

United States

#9 Jan 2, 2010
The state of California outlawed lard but kept cigarettes, what a f-ing joke.

San Francisco, CA

#10 Jan 2, 2010
The Fire Chief will retire at age 52 with a pension of over 200K per year, and a cost of living increase of 2% each year. He will probably make more in his first 10 years of retirement than he did in his 28 year career. And that doesn't include the money he makes while the city searches for his replacement, or any other double-dipping opportunities that come his way.
VIB Watch

United States

#11 Jan 2, 2010
Thank God they are cutting the Lard out. Now just maybe Gomes will lose some weight.

San Francisco, CA

#12 Jan 2, 2010
VIB Watch wrote:
Thank God they are cutting the Lard out. Now just maybe Gomes will lose some weight.
I think the FD pension should be reduced 2.0@60 for new hires, and 2.0@50 for current employees (unless the current group wants to pay for the Calpers contribution increase from 28%- 52%). Vallejo should also eliminate paid leave for holidays and provide a 5% pay increase in lieu of time off (it would benefit the city). Vallejo should also reduce sick leave for VFD from 288 hours per year to 134 hours (like most cities), and reduce vacation leave by 25%.

Education incentive, for 30 units of college credit was a crime against the taxpayers, and should be eliminated permanently. EMT pay of 5%, another crime against the taxpayers, should be a requirement for employment - and is a requirement in most cities in California. Paying people for a bachelors degree - when the city pays tuition reimbursement, should have never been a financial perk. The reward for a bachelors degree should have always been the education/enhanced career advancement opportunity. Longevity pay should be eliminated in every department. And I've seen absolutely nothing - from reviewing the cities financials over the past eight years (as far back as I could find), that substantiates any manager getting a bonus for this mess.

For the non-safety groups getting 2.7@55 PLUS social security is ridiculous. Nobody but Vallejo pays that. And why are office workers able to retire at 55 when everyone else is seeing their SS retirement age increasing to 65. Are the employee groups willing to pay for the increased Calpers rate - or do they just expect everyone else to do it for them.

Are the employees ever going to give the taxpayers a break? Or is entitlement a Public Employee right - a Public Employee Union thing.

Iím sure the unions will come out in support of the new property tax/sales tax because the money ends up in their pocket. The Gypsys got nothing on the unions.

Happy New Year!

Vallejo, CA

#13 Jan 2, 2010
Two points. One, this has no effect on calories. They will need to use another form of fat or oil to cook these products which will have a very similar caloric profile. Two, lard is not a trans fat. It is a highly saturated pork derived animal fat. Trans fat is made by using a catalyst to alter a vegetable oil into a more saturated and thus firmer more heat resistant form which gives it qualities similar to animal derived fats but is cheaper to buy. There is a lot of cross-linking in the molecules that is not common in nature and they have been shown to cause health issues worse than animal derived fats. The logical replacement for people who need this type of fat to produce the correct qualities in the food they prepare would be, ironically given the article's title, is lard or beef tallow. Strangely enough this was exactly what most of these companies moved away from for health concerns years ago when they first moved to the so called safer vegetable derived trans fats. The good news is that those fats taste much much better. It will cost them more money to buy them though, so expect higher prices.
California Kid

United States

#14 Jan 3, 2010
I agree, the lard has to come out of Gomes or the city streets will be greasy. Vallejo cannot afford to get lard in the street sweepers. This is not cost effective.

Just look at the seat she sits in at council meetings, wet with lard. Why do you think she walks away from her chair so many times. She has to change her clothes or she will have lard stains showing. It is not easy sweating lard.
View from the Center

El Cerrito, CA

#15 Jan 4, 2010
@runnin OMG the commies are coming? oh NOEZ! Yeah, screw you, hick.

San Francisco, CA

#16 Jan 5, 2010
Maybe the Code Enforcement people should go after the Mexican restaurants in Vallejo for cooking with lard. There's plant of them in town, so this should be a moneymaker for the City coffers.
Viva Zapata

United States

#17 Jan 5, 2010
To hell with government telling me when I can make a fire or enjoy authentic mexican flavor.
Alex Villasenor

San Francisco, CA

#18 Jun 24, 2013
Ridiculous! Nothing wrong with lard ... Lard is just an animal fat that is very nutritious.

Atlanta, GA

#19 Feb 11, 2016
I about threw up learning that lard is just pig fat. That's horrendously disgusting. Just use coconut oil for fat.

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