Midland Snacks, Traditional Pork Scratchings Review
This is a review of a bag of Midland Snacks Traditional Pork Scratchings. Seasoned pork rind of the finest quality, hand-cooked to perfection.
Bag purchased from: The Forester Pub – Click here to see more
Hairy Bar Snacks Review: I’m eating this bag in the pub where I purchased them from. The Forester Pub, Manford Way, Essex. The Beer is good, the atmosphere is perfect, I’m quietly confident that these pork scratchings will be as good.
I open the bag to find a quite meaty and slightly sweet smell, there is an excellent variety of shapes sizes and colours. there is a range of sizes from big to small, and colours from light to dark.
In the top, I can mainly see big pieces, which look quite salty. However these pieces are so big, the amount of salt you can taste is negligible. They are really crunchy and fresh (crispy), some are very hard, and to the uninitiated, these could be classed as dangerous, but we know what we are doing. The standard warning; ONLY RECOMMENDED FOR PEOPLE WITH STRONG HEALTHY TEETH seems like a warning worth heeding if you have not tried traditional pork scratchings before. The skin is hard, the fat is soft, fibrous and dry meat bits, all of which are perfect. Strangely there are very few with hairs on them (:-(). There are some pieces of pure fat, with no skin, these are sweet and buttery, not in a sickly way, but in a good way, like the butter on a fresh piece of toast.
They are pretty salty, and a 99g pack would raise the blood pressure of virtually anyone. You will definitely need a drink or two with this bag. Time for a sip of Fosters (I know I should be drinking bitter, but this is what I like to drink in this pub, and in this weather, it is the middle of summer after all!).
The range of flavours is quite unique among pork scratchings. Because the skin, fat and meat have such differing flavours, and the range of shapes is so huge, this leads to a huge range of subtly differing flavours, which keeps your attention right to the bottom of the pack. Some larger bags can get quite tedious at times.
The bottom has no scratching dust or salt, this would indicate a good scratching given gentle transit. The pieces found at the bottom are all small purely fatty pieces, and therefore all fairly sweet… …can you see where this is going… …pork scratching dessert.
They are marvellous!
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