When we had our hog harvested this summer, I had the slaughter facility save the fat for me. I also was able to convince my brother-in-law and cousin to let me have the fat from their hogs that were slaughtered at the same time. So I had fat from three hogs sitting in my freezer. I had to bite the bullet and try to get it rendered before I had my last roosters and my turkeys added to the freezer.
I'd tried rendering fat from our last steer into tallow. Not a success. Not at all. Ask my sister who was visiting me at the time. It was like I was cooking a carcass. I used the traditional, commonly suggested method of rendering the fat in water on the stove. I had so much beef fat that I tried three times with three slightly different methods. Fail, fail, STINKY fail. So I wasn't looking forward to this.
Then I found this post. Glory Hallelujah. It worked. And it worked like a charm. It didn't even *smell*! Not bad, not good, no smell at all. Three hogs took me two full days of constantly adding solid fat and pouring off liquid fat. You're not going to believe me, but I'm going to say it anyway... You *can* get sick of the sight of melting pork fat.
I got fifteen and a half jars of beautiful lard. My planned use for these is making goat milk soap next summer.