I have always made my own pie crust.I used margarine most of the time. The edges always burned during the baking process,even if I used Crisco.Then I moved up here amongst the mountain people. "Want lard?" the corner market owner said when he raised & butchered my first pig for me. "Lard?? ~NOOO!!! What would I want lard for?" EVERYBODY UP HERE EATS LARD !! THE OLD TIMERS SWEAR BY LARD AND WON'T NEVER MAKE PIE CRUST ANY OTHER WAY ! " I was curious, so I said, "SURE !! Toss in a can 'a lard !"Some time went by and I ignored the can of lard sitting on the cold garage floor in the shiny metal can.It was pure white and solid & I had no recipe for pie crust made with lard.So, there it sat.Then I heard a rumor that lard was better than shortenings. So, I searched for a recipe, found one and made an apple pie. OH MY STARS !! I HAVE EATEN THE BEST APPLE PIE IN THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD!! Not a single burnt edge, and the flakiness merited a county fair blue ribbon!
Now, what's the story behind lard? http://www.foodandwine.com/articles/lard-the-new-health-food Check this site out!
http://homesicktexan.blogspot.com/2008/05/how-to-render-lard.html and this one~ HOW TO RENDER LARD!!
And this one!! http://www.motherlindas.com/mother_lindas_pie_crust.htm