Chicharrones Made At Home!
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Okay, so not long after my pork rind taste test we were able to get some pig skin, so my homemade chicharrones dreams came true sooner than I expected! It was a long, laborious process that made a bit of a mess...but read 'til the end to see my final thoughts. The first step in the recipe I loosely followed was to cut the skin off of the fat. We got it as close as we could, but there was probably a lot more left than would be done by a pork rind pro.
Then, it was put in the oven (careful, it's hot) on a rack on top of a baking pan. It was in there for awhile, like 10 hours, but it probably could have used even more time, but a las, it was bedtime and they needed to be fried up before we went to bed!
You're going to wanna watch this video...it's less than a minute and you can actually see them curl up -- it is so cool! Side note: these tongs were a great buy.
As you can see, it is easy, a little messy, but pretty time consuming. Before I took my first bite, I decided that I was glad I made them, but it wouldn't be worth actually making them in the future, unless I had a ton of skin and did giant batches at a time. After I took my first bite, my mind changed, haha. It was the softest crisp I've ever tasted. They were really flavorful, too. And, I could only eat about two of them because they're so satiating! I think the little layer of fat that was still on there contributes to that, too, haha! But, wow. So, yes, I will make them again, but probably not on the regular.
With all the fat cut off the skin, it was rendered into lard and there was some meat attached, so we got some cracklins, too! Find out all about it on my upcoming post!