Ray Gray Snacks, Traditionally Hand Cooked Pork Scratchings Review
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Ray Gray Snacks, Traditionally Hand Cooked Pork Scratchings Review

Purchased from: Free Gift from Ray Gray Snacks, Many Thanks

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The Bag

Of all the bags recently sent to us by Ray Gray Snacks, this is the plainest bag, there is almost no design to it. But like with everything printed, there must be ‘some’ design to it. Someone has made a conscious decision along the way, no matter how seemingly small.

I’m guessing this is the design you would get (with your own name on it) if you asked Ray Gray to produce a range of scratchings for your personal business. Note to self: I might do that one day!

I like graphic design like this, it’s very utilitarian, it’s like a road sign or some text on an army ammo box. It harks back to a time when we were not as susceptible to the bright lights and fancy colours of graphic design. Function over form.

The bag is 100g in weight. These days, a bag of pork scratchings that weighs this much is a rare thing. The bag is an average size and it’s full to the brim, nice. A double-cooked fluffy 100g bag of pork crackling would be as big as a pillow. A 100g bag of pork crunch would be as big as a black sack! 100g is a lot of scratchings to get through in one sitting, for even me.

I’m very glad that they haven’t added some ‘portion advice’ on the back. There’s none of this ‘there are two servings in this bag’ rubbish. Please people, let me make up my own mind how many I want to eat!

The Review

I open the bag and a waft of a warm and meaty fishy smell hits me, it’s very strong which is nice. The strongness is unusual these days, something hardcore is coming.

There are a few light coloured pieces, but they are mostly mid-brown. some of the fat is darker.

There are lots of nice big pieces. The type that may take two or three bites to get through, which is a rare treat. Beware though, you might cut your gums when you eat these. They are hard and sharp.

Hold on I need a sip of my beer.

There is one piece that’s enormous, see the picture below. It’s like finding a huge diamond down the mine when you are used to only finding little ones.

The skin is hard, not bubbly, it is very dense. These are single cooked scratchings personified. Definitely not double or triple cooked, there’s not a single bubble in any piece of the skin.

They are a total assault on your teeth. I’m actually paying attention to what I’m eating. I’m not taking any chances. They are proper toenails.

Hold on I need a sip of my beer.

There’s fat on almost all the pieces and it is all thick, salty, tasty and very dense. It is not light at all. Midway through, I think that they might be a little bit too salty for me. They are not for the faint Hearted

Hold on I need a sip of my beer.

No hairs on any of the pieces in this bag, but I wouldn’t say that this is normal. With a traditional bag like this, I’d expect to see a few cheeky little hairs.

The flavour is really strong and salty really really old school. The salt and MSG are really pulling their weight in this bag.

At the bottom, there’s loads of dust and gravely little hard bits. They are like little stones. The dust is like brown porky salt soaked in bacon fat. The dust is a bit damp & oily, super salty so much flavour so salty, What an end to the bag!

Hold on I need a sip of my beer.

There’s only 95% pork rind which means 5% salt and flavour which is flipping evident.

It’s like going back in time All snowflakes beware.

59.6g per 100g of fat, which is one of the highest we have seen.
6.5g per 100g of Carbohydrates, so not the best option for those of you on the keto diet. But still lower than most other snacks!

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