Juliet Donald - baking expert


Posted by: marc | 2010-12-15


Lard replacement

What can I use in place of lard when the recipe calls for butter and lard. I do not use Holsum and Crisco I've never seen in South Africa.

Expert's Reply


Hi there Marc, Lard is the rendered fat of pigs and gives pastry a unique crispness. I am not too sure why you are not keen on using Holsum (a white hard margarine made of sunflower oil), but that would be my first choice. You could also use Wooden Spoon (another white margarine) or if in doubt simply use butter. You can substitute the butter in a one to one ratio.

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Posted by: vish | 2015-11-02

Hi All. Holsum back in market and same product and manufacturer as before. Contact me should you need any details s I work for Hudson and Knight who makes it.. vish.singh@hnk.simedarby.com

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Posted by: Lesley | 2015-09-13

I purchased Holsum at Pick n Pay Alberton 12.09.15

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Posted by: Sylvie | 2015-07-27

i am looking for Holsum lard in Jo'burg anyone know where I can purchase some, I live in Kempton Park?

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Posted by: Vish | 2015-11-02

Holsum is back in the market in Pick and Pay and Spar stores

Posted by: Wesley | 2015-07-16

If anyone can help? I would like to make my own plastic/fondant icing however it requires "vegetable fat". I am based in Durban. Can anyone recommend a shop or place where I can purchase this or does "vegetable fat" have an alternative name to it?. Many thanks and look forward to a prompt response.

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Posted by: Anonymous | 2015-06-30

Hi i cannot find Holsum from any supermarkets in Jhb. Has it been removed from all shelves? If so why? I miss it.

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Posted by: Anonymous | 2015-06-30

Can you freeze Holsum?

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Posted by: Vish | 2015-11-02

Did you know that Holsum can be out of the Fridge for 24 months

Posted by: Anonymous | 2015-06-06

Can't find Holsom what alternative can be used? Thankyou

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Posted by: Christine | 2015-04-27

Where in Kempton Park or Boksburg South Africa can i buy Holsum ? It's the only lard I use.. Please help me.

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Posted by: Dalene | 2015-04-23

Holsum cannot be found in Cape Town, any idea why it is not available ? Thanks

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Posted by: zelda | 2015-07-20

I still buy Holsum from a little baking shop in Table View. They always have stock. They told me the name of the place that they order from but I;ve forgotton the name now. Maybe u can phone and see where they get theirs from. (Bakers Corner 021 5574922)

Posted by: Anonymous | 2015-02-04

Holsum is NOT made of sunflower oil. It is made with palm oil and palm kernel oil. Using of palm oil products are controversial due to the devastating deforestation and orang-utan populations suffered drastic decrease because of palm. http://www.saynotopalmoil.com

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Posted by: Anonymous | 2014-11-20

Where can I purchase lard in durban

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Posted by: Anonymous | 2015-01-14

Loafers in Dbn north have 1 liter buckets

Posted by: Anonymous | 2014-06-24

Holsum is made from Malaysian Pal Oil not sunflower oil

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Posted by: Cheryl Benham | 2013-11-03

Wher can I buy veg. suet? Can I substitute with Holsum white margarine?

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Posted by: VEGETABLE SUET | 2013-11-03

Where can I buy - can I substitute with Holsum Margarine?


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