00100dPORTRAIT 00100 BURST20190926123014495 COVER 1024x768 - Top 11 cooking tips for making better pork scratchings at home

Here are our top 11 cooking tips for making better pork scratchings at home

1: For cooking scratchings in general...

You really want to use a rind that has got some fat on it, not too much, not too little. An ideal amount of fat would be about twice the thickness of fat to the rind. For example, if the rind is 2mm, then 4mm of fat is a good amount.

2: For more even crispiness...

Cut up the raw rind and soak it in brine (salt water) for 24 hours. then drain and dry before cooking.

3: For speed...

If you microwave the raw pork rind it becomes much easier to cut up. You can use scissors. You won't need a Stanley knife!

4: For more even cooking...

If your rind does not have much fat, then there will be less fat rendered off it. Rendered fat will aid even cooking. So just add fat or oil before cooking to help it along.

5: For better flavour...

If you are adding oil, then add a bit of salt to it before you put it in the oven. This can add flavour and reduce the need for adding as much salt after cooking.

6: For more bubbly scratchings...

Cook at a slightly higher temperature than you do for most cooking. 200 degrees centigrade is good. But don't use the top of the oven, You may burn some parts whilst the rest is not cooked!

7: For more even crispiness...

If you open the oven door every now and then and let out any steam, this dries out the rind. Especially if you soaked the rind in brine before cooking, there will be some water that needs to come off. You want to roast the rind, not steam it.

8: For more even cooking...

Turn the pieces often. The bits sticking up high may burn if left unturned.

9: For perfect seasoning...

After they are done, add salt to the still-hot scratchings. The salt will stick to the hot oil and not fall to the bottom of the pot you keep them in. You will use less salt.

10: For your health...

Add kitchen paper to the bottom of the pot you are going to keep them in, this just helps get rid of any extra fat that may not have come off.

11: For storage...

Store the scratchings in the fridge. They will be fresher for longer. It's unlikely that you will need to store them for a long time... I don't!

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