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Pork scratchings, a favourite of the pub dweller and darts player alike. I myself do not play darts but most certainly have dwelled in my fair share of pubs.
On paper the idea of the pork scratching is a bizarre and somewhat puzzling one, the skin and fat of a pig, fried and smothered in salt. Doesnt sound like the most appealing snack on the market, does it? In fact it sounds like a heart attack in a pack! While I cannot refute that the latter statement is probably true, as long as you enjoy them in moderation, theres no harm in the occasional sneaky bag.
I have seen them sold in 100g bags and also in multipacks containing 5 35g bags. I would recommend buying the multipack for home consumption otherwise you might find yourself struggling. As you can imagine they can get very gaggy and too many can really make you feel ill.
Another downside is that every so often you will find a lovely fat piggy hair, with some scratchings being hairier than a Hells angels convention. Maybe these arent for the squeemish, the hairs dont bother me but then again it would take a lot more than a few hairs to put me off something so delicious.
There seems to be a good ratio between big fatty soft scratching and smaller crispier examples (i dont like too many big scratchings and find the smaller ones far more appealing). A couple of things to warn you about, firstly these things are really REALLY salty, too much salt for small children i would say. And secondly they seem to be only slightly softer than human teeth so only attempt these bad boys if youve got a strong set of nashers.
Each 35g pack contains (approx):
A 35g pack costs between 30-50p (depending on where you buy'em)
They've just started selling these scratchings in my local pub and this dinner time I had a bag even though if I haven't had a drink the thought of scratchings makes me feel sick! lol
Scratchings are cooked pork fat and these are the best I've had I reckon. They're quite big and some of them are hard enough to break your teeth, they're greasy and some of them have still got bits of wiry pig hair on them but they taste sooooo good that you forget all that disgusting stuff.
The scratchings are lovely and salty, they taste of pork cracking and are so meaty tasting that I can't stop myself eating the whole bag even though I know they're majorly bad for me. Some of them are much softer and they melt in your mouth and bring a bacon / pork flavour with them. God, melting pig fat sounds rank doesn't it? lol
They're wickedly crunchy and every bit of the scratching has a strong taste, I've not come across a single off tasting one and they've all got the same good quality.
They make you thirsty because they are quite dry even though they're proper greasy feeling and also because of the salt on them. They are a landlords dream because once you start on a bag of Mr Porky scratchings you can drink a pint of lager like it's pop because your mouth gets so dry! lol
I think these scratchings are the best, I've eaten a few different brands in different pubs but these taste the freshest to me and have deffo got the best and most meaty flavour.
Mr Porky Prime Cut Scratchings
I bought these from Tescos the other day for 99p and you get a huge bag of the things....a bargain.
Comes in a distinctive black shiny pack with a picture of an old fashioned butcher standing there which gives you the impression that what's inside is very good for you.,,, Ha.
They are larger, by far, than the ones you can pick up in your local outdoor. They are far cheaper and to be honest a little bit tastier.
They tend to have more fat on them and you can get a mouthful of grease if your luck is out. But then even with other packs I have tried this tends to be the case.
They smell of salted meat, oh and my dogs love them.
Maybe it's the salty taste because you can really taste the salt sometimes.
I have never yet found one with any hair on but then I suppose it's only a matter of time.
Worth a try even only once you might find you like them but probably not.
Not to be eaten often and only when having a pint. They are an acquired taste and some people will find them gross whilst others will see them as very unhealthy.
One final thing, not to be eaten if you're afraid of losing a filling or even a tooth!
600 calories !!
45g of fat !!
I love pork scratchings. I know they about as bad for you as snack foods get, but they are one of my favourite foods and I probably eat far too many of them!
Mr. Porky products would not normally be my first choice when buying pork scratchings. The standard Mr. Porky scratchings (gold packet) are usually very small, bland and expensive compared to other brands. I do end up eating them fairly often even so, however, as they are far more widely available than others, and are usually the only brand available in supermarkets.
I discovered this new, premium variety some time ago, but they have become more widely available in recent times. They are a great alternative to the standard Mr. Porky scratchings, being both larger and tastier. They are, as one would expect, slightly more expensive, but I would always choose these over the standard variety, and I think any scratching lover would agree that they are far better. Mr. Porky scratchings tend to be harder and saltier than other mass-produced varieties, but this is no bad thing really. However, they also tend to have by far the highest proportion of bristly or hairy pieces, which can be offputting, and are at the very least a waste, as few people will happily eat a hairy pork scratching (or any other hairy food for that matter!).
On the other hand (certainly in my area), local shops tend to have even higher quality pork scratchings produced by farms and small businesses. These are often much larger and tend to have a much more flavourful coating of spices rather than simply being salty and dry-roasted-peanut-like. Finally, they are usually just as cheap as these if not cheaper, so even with this new addition to the range, I would only buy Mr. Porky products if there were no others available. Unless the others in the shop are KP scratchings, which are dreadful.
I bought a pack of 12 of these pork scratchings from an online shop that sells them through Ebay. I think I paid 7 pounds for the scratchings and one or two quid for postage but I couldn't find them anywhere else so I thought I'd give it a go.
They come in a little 40g bag and it reads that they're prime cut pork scratchings diced into large pieces. I've only ever had the Chinese pork rinds so hoped that these would be the same. These do taste slightly different but nice; though I must say, seeing a pig hair stick out of one of them kind of put me off a bit but decided to try one with no hair on and they're pretty tasty. They're very crunchy, salty and flavourful and also have some soft bits on them.
I do like the taste of these pork scratchings but would not recommend you eat more than half the packet or you might get some unwanted acid reflux or bad tummy so a few will do for me.
All in all, not a bad little snack and depending where you can get them from, mine are about 50p each but they came in bulk so if bought individually, you might end up paying more.
They may be unhealthy, but they're damn good! Call me piggy, but I do like some Mr Porky Scratchings to satisfy my crunch cravings! :o)
Mr Porky is a range of pork scratchings produced by Redmil, one of the UKs leading savory snack food manufacturers with over 30 years experience. I trust that they're good quality and have never had a less than tasty packet.
Scratchings are generally bar snacks so you'll probably come across these quite easily in pubs, but they're harder to come by in supermarkets. I buy these from Morrisons but haven't seen these exact ones elsewhere, though Mr Porky Pork Crackles seem more readily available (very similar but smaller pieces). They come in a 40g black bag and cost around £1. They can also be bought in a multi pack of 6 small snack sized bags but I have to apologise because I don't know the exact details for these and can't find them on any online supermarket. When we get a bag of these they're shared and can last a little while if you're just eating one or two at a time as a snack. I wouldn't recommend you sit down and eat a whole bag in one go; you'll probably get indigestion and they're not the healthiest of foods.
Per 100g Mr Porky Scratchings contain 607 calories and 45.7g of fat...but it doesn't make you a piggy if you eat these, still enjoy them just eat in moderation.
I think they have a great bacon/pork type taste and are very crunchy. The scratchings very in size - in the bag you get a mix between huge curled up ones and smaller bits. Some of these will have a lot more crunch to them. You usually get softer parts to these too (usually on the underside of the hard outer part) which are more flavoursome. They are very salty, especially when you reach the bottom of the bag where the salt has dropped down. I quite like some salt, but not copious amounts so you may have to dust some off if you're not a big fan.
Overall, I would recommend these. They've pack a great crunch and have a nice flavour, though are a tad pricey, difficult to get your mits on and far from healthy.
Pork Rind snacks.