Scratch My Pork Salt ‘n’ Vinegar Pork Crackling Review
This bag of salted pork crackling is from ‘Scratch My Pork’ who are based in Ireland. On the bag, it says ‘pork crackling with an Irish twist’.
Gluten Free, Dairy Free, High in protein is written across the top of the bag, obviously ‘we’ know all about this, but sometimes it’s a good idea to make these things obvious. I can see a pork crackling newbie looking at these and wondering what’s it all about, so the info on the top is a good idea for them.
Before we get to the review… I have to mention the issues I had when opening the bag. The bag is a foil plastic bag which is better than a clear plastic bag for freshness. But there’s a hole in the top seal of the bag where the bag and other bags are attached to the strip you see when the crackling is displayed like we sometimes see in the drinks aisle at the supermarket.
I opened the bag and as the two sides parted I got to the hole in the seal. At this point, the bag opened along the hole, and then down the side of the bag.
We have all done it, opened a bag with vigour, only to spray the contents all over the place. But this was different, I was careful, the hole in the bag seal was the reason that the bag split down the side.
Now I know this might seem like a minor problem, but when I open a bag, I want it to open cleanly along the actual seal. This keeps the contents inside, everything neat and tidy. It’s then easy for me to put my fingers in the bag to get the scratchings, it’s easy to hold the bag and the contents stay inside the bag. If the bag splits down the side, at best it’s messy, and at worst the scratchings fall out!
This is not a ‘Scratch my Pork’ specific issue. It only happened with this one bag, and not to any of the others we opened. The blame must be a combination of three things, the bag plastic thickness, the strength of the seal and the shape of the hole.
It’s not just scratching bags either, I’m a father and my children sometimes have these little Haribo Starmix Mini Bags, these are by far the worst bags to open. They seem to be welded shut. Our school playground is covered in tiny Haribo sweets after pick up. Rant over, we digress!
Anyway, back to the Salt ‘n’ Vinegar Crackling.
We open the bag and the smell is really dry, just like the salted version. Once again, inside is a really good range of sizes and shapes and this time we find a few pieces with meat still attached, nice, but sadly still no hairs. Some pieces are super thick, which is good because we like a nice thick fatty scratching, no matter how it’s cooked, traditional scratching or modern crackling, all thick pieces are good pieces.
They are fresh and crunchy with a nice mild ‘Salt ‘n’ Vinegar’ flavour. Sometimes salt and vinegar can delaminate the skin from the inside of your mouth. But this is nice, it’s not sharp and bitter, more sweet and malty.
At the bottom are 2 really good pinches of dust, with loads and loads more flavour which is much sharper than when balanced out with the actual piece of crackling still attached. What I mean is scratching plus the flavour is the balance that’s designed for. Just the flavour is 100% flavour which is different.
Nice malty salty vinegary cracklingy snacks from Ireland!
There are 2 other flavours Salted & Smokey, you can read those reviews here:
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Additional Video Review by Pub Snack Reviews
Clive Mantell BSc is back on the sofa for a special unboxing and then samples the delights of the classic British pub snacks. This week Scratch My Pork from the Skibbereen Food Company. The kind of stuff you find hanging on cardboard to the back of the bar. The kind of stuff that makes everyone not from the UK and Ireland go….whut?