The Past and the Present come together with Organic Welsh PorkFreddie Jones | June 20, 2016 | 0 | Food and Drink
For anyone who has had the pleasure of really eating organic pork, as opposed to the processed products found in most supermarkets, you will notice the difference in taste immediately. There is a stronger flavor to this porc. It has a real texture as well. These organic pigs are raised naturally in smaller herds. Their diet and routines follow the seasons. The pigs are reared for a much longer time than their factory farm compatriots. This will quite often result in a darker skin colour along with a rose or a pink coloured flesh. Added to this, older varieties of pigs breeds have been retained or re introduced. These include native Welsh pigs along with rare breeds such as the Mangalista and the Oxford Sandy & Black. This is a range of organic porc which gives more flavours and tastes.
Best Porc Recipes
Along with an increased range of organic Welsh porc, there has been a matching set of best pork recipes, that exploit the possibilities that have been opened up by Welsh organic pig farming.
The pig is one of the most important sources of protein and amino acids. Pork also contains a range of trace elements. These are zinc and iron, along with vitamins B1, B2, B6, and B12. Again, due to factory farming, the image of pork is of a very “fatty” meat. This was not the case in the past and it is not the case now with organic Welsh pork. Also, for centuries, keeping a pig was an essential part of country life across most of Europe. Therefore, healthy recipes with pork is a real possibility.
Thinking too of the past, many cuts that were common then have now disappeared. So using the pig’s head, trotters and hock (just below the knee) have been re introduced.
The past and the present can now be brought together. These are some of the recipes available. Their names indicate that both traditional and world cuisines have been fused to produce these new combinations:
- Pork Loin of Pork and Walnut Stuffing with Sloe Gin.
- Pork, Mango Pate and Pistachio.
- Pork Spare Ribs, with Maple Glaze and Stout.
- Pork Steer Fry. Oriental Style.
- Spicy Pork Burgers using Cheese Nachos Toppings.
- A Pork Pot Paprika style.
How to Make Pulled Pork
This is again a traditional recipe: how to make pulled pork, which is a cut that tends to be associated with pork taken from the shoulder of a pig. It can be a tough area to cut. Consequently the pork is cooked for a long enough time until it is tender enough to be “pulled”. This can be used when roasting a joint of pork.
A pulled pork recipe will need three hours cooking time. It is best to pre-heat an oven to Gas 4 or 180c or 350f.
With this pulled pork recipe, use a roasting pan and line with a double layer of foil. Prior to cooking, it is best to remove the rind and some of the fat with a sharp knife, using a cutting board. Then score the meat with a “criss-cross” pattern. Add a further foil layer on top, before placing in the oven. A variety of ingredients can be used to heighten the taste.