I'm doing the Whole30, which includes going 30 days without any dairy, even butter and cream. Currently I'm using coconut oil and extra virgin olive oil as added fats, but those don't go so well with some dishes, for example fried liver and sauerkraut. Is there any kind of fat that would have a milder taste than olive/coconut oil and be healthy, dairy-free, and convenient to use?
(grass-fed) Ghee is given the 'this is good' nod at http://whole9life.com/2010/11/butter/ whole9 but is discouraged during the whole30 reset rush.
I also adore coconut oil (organic) and Organic Palm Oil from Tropical Traditions.
Coconut milk is a great thing to cook with for sautees. It has a pretty mild flavor, and will take on the flavor of whatever you're cooking it with. I love cooking chopped up chicken, pork blade steak, or ground beef with a bunch of veggies and coconut milk. The coconut milk makes a great sauce to dip stuff in! Delicious!
In my whole 30 class Melissa and Dallas recommended Avocado Oil and it is great! We have been doing the Whole 30 for twenty days or so and my wife, who is very picky and does not like Coconut Oil has totally approved of everything that I have prepared in Avocado Oil. It is a little pricey, but it can be used for high heat and it is extremely mild, almost no taste at all.
My choice of coconut oil is Nutiva available from Amazon. But if I want a no taste saturated fat oil, I use Medium Chain Triglyceride Oil from Now Brands (MCT Oil) It also remains a liquid down to 35 degrees F...unlike coconut oil that goes to a liquid at 76 degrees F. It is 100% saturated fat. http://www.swansonvitamins.com/NWF331/ItemDetail?n=0
Regarding lard...in your market there is a lard on the shelves... brand name Sno Cap, I think. It is a hydrogenated fat that is not what one wants. You only want fat straight from the fat of a hog...either rendered or unrendered....with no hydrogen molecule attached to the fat molecule to stabilize it.
Tallow and Coconut oil are great substitutes.
Even though I am almost fully dairy free I use butter. The only caveat is that I only use 100% pastured, raw butter. As Robb Wolf said, if you're eating grass fed butter, eat as much as you want. Just my $.02