Montefrio, Pork Rinds Review
Purchased from: LIDL Supermarket, Elche, Spain
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On a recent trip to Elche in Spain, I veered off the beaten track to investigate the supermarket chaos that is LIDL, and for a mere €1.49 you can get yourself a 100g tub of Montefrio Pork Rinds. These were the only things I could find, so I thought I’d give them a try.
These are Pork Rinds, not true scratchings, just the skin, super fried and made bubbly, not solid like a scratching. There is also no fat layer underneath, so possibly a little better for your health.
They come in a large punnet/tub like strawberries do, which gives a whole new way of eating. Gone is the chance of delving your salty fingers into a small foil packet, only to discover a giant scratching that you can’t get your teeth around. What you get with these is a visual choice of your next victim.
Montefrio Pork Rinds look like the harder, meatier, older brother of a cheesy quaver. From massive and slightly curly to little tightly curled examples. All seem to be of the same width, indicating they are put through a production line cutting device.
They have a plain porky smell, which seems a little stale, but then again I can’t see a sell-by date, so they might very well be. The plainness of the smell is reflected in the taste, like a ready salted crisp, just salt which is good, but unfortunately, it’s not an even coating. This leaves some parts with none and the crevices with loads. A few hairs were spotted which is a good sign, a bit of character never goes a miss.
The biggest was very big, which means taking a few bites to finish them off. This being a little like eating a doughnut and getting sugar on your lips, but this time its pork skin and salt! Seeing as these are not true pork scratchings, but pork rinds, they are rather crunchy, but I think my Nan could cope with them, so no real danger.
These are the sort of thing I can see being served at an avant garde dinner party, perhaps with a dip.
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