We've arrived at the final stage of the Lou Palma Prosciutto Project - the larding!
Lou insists that real animal fat be used. Not vegetable shortening! To make the lard more spreadable, Lou dilutes it with a little water and a little flour.
The larding stage is essential to keep the portion of the pig that is skinless, soft during aging. The layer of lard simulates a protective, fatty skin and allows for even aging.
The lard is applied using a small paint brush or your bare hands. If dry winter skin is an issue, this is a supreme softner!
Paint a thin coat over the entire skinless area, including any crevasses that may be lurking on the underside.
Watch the video to see how it's done!