Pig Roast Manual | Odds & Ends

Odds & Ends

Virtually every part of the pig can be utilized-don't limit yourself to the obvious! We've provided a few options for you to use your pig to its maximum advantage.

HEAD CHEESE

The head and feet of the pig do not necessarily have to be discarded. They can be used with the other leftover scraps of meat to make headcheese. Cook the meat until it is falling off the bones; separate the meat from the bones and cartilage; chop. Flavor meat with sage and season with salt and pepper. Using some of the strained cooking liquid, which is very gelatinous, press into a mold and chill. This type of meat loaf is usually served cold.

THE PIG SKIN

The skin of the pig does not have to be tossed either. Some ethnic communities have specific uses for this outside layer. One way is to make Fried Pork Rinds. This is done easily by frying the skin in a pan, either on the stove or directly over the hot coals of your grill. The natural juices and fat from the pig will provide enough moisture; no additional oil is necessary. Another use for pork skin is to use it as a "flavor" ingredient for cooking. Add pieces of skin to soup or to a pot of beans to give them a smoky flavor. The skin can be used anywhere that you would use bacon or ham as a flavor enhancer.

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