What are the Best Traditional Pork Scratchings that you can get in the UK?
Wait, hold on a minute. Why would anyone want to buy traditional pork scratchings? We’re now able to buy luxury pork scratchings. Surely luxury scratchings are better than traditional ones? The world is moving on and traditional is not part of generation Z.
Well, if you are new the whole pig skin based snack scene, then you may want to have a look at the lighter side of things before you go over to the dark side. The lighter side of the pork snack market is pork crunch and pork crackling, both of these are lighter, puffier and less likely to break your teeth. This is because pork crunch doesn’t have any fat, it’s just skin, and both pork crunch and crackling are double-cooked for a lighter texture.
The traditional style of pork scratching is only cooked once. The skin is fairly hard. There is a layer of dense fat underneath and sometimes you get a bit of meat and a few hairs. Your mouth is watering already, isn’t it? I can tell you that mine is.
Monosodium Glutamate Makes Stuff Taste Good
Many brands of scratching, crackling, crunch use MSG as a flavour enhancer. MSG is the ingredient scapegoat, MSG, ‘oh the humanity!’. If you don’t know, then MSG is short for monosodium glutamate. It is a common food additive that’s found all over the place. You may have seen it and not noticed, because sometimes it’s just listed with the E number: E621. MSG is sometimes known as sodium glutamate. It is the sodium salt of glutamic acid, which is a naturally occurring amino acid. Glutamic acid is found naturally in tomatoes, grapes, cheese, mushrooms and other foods. Adding MSG to pork scratchings seems OK to me.
But I’m gluten intolerant that’s why I can’t eat pork scratchings with MSG.
This doesn’t matter. You are wrong, according to the International Glutamate Information Service MSG is gluten-free. It is estimated that approximately 1 in 100 people worldwide have celiac disease, this is gluten intolerance & you should avoid gluten. Anyone else who believes that they are gluten intolerant and has not been medically diagnosed may just have gluten sensitivity, which is different. Faking a real illness is not trendy.
REMINDER: NEVER TAKE MEDICAL ADVICE FROM A PORK SCRATCHINGS WEBSITE!
You can read these articles for a few more facts and myths about MSG.
There may be other reasons to avoid MSG but gluten is not one of them: https://www.glutenfreedietitian.com/monosodium-glutamate/
The gluten-free diet, facts and myths: https://gluten.org/resources/getting-started/the-gluten-free-diet-facts-and-myths/
But if you feel like you are missing out on the gluten intolerance bandwagon…
…then watch this video.
But it’s got E-numbers on the back of the pack, that’s why I can’t eat traditional pork scratchings.
The E of an E number stands for ‘Europe’ and E numbers are codes for substances that are allowed to be used as food additives for use within the European Union, Simple. You may think that the E number indicates an ‘artificial’ food additive, but you would be wrong. Some foods say that they are free of E numbers as a positive thing. This is a clear case of bullshit baffling brains. But with a minimum amount of research, we find that lots of components of natural foods have E numbers assigned to them. For example, vitamin C is E300.
So, now that’s been cleared up, you may find that a traditional pork scratching has MSG, Monosodium Glutamate, E621 in the ingredients. As mentioned above, MSG is not ‘only’ found in traditional scratchings, it can be found in pork crackling and pork crunch too.
If you don’t believe me, then just look at this bag, ingredients and review of Whittles Crisps, Gluten-Free Black Country Pork Scratchings!
So, which are the best traditional pork scratchings?
We like the following Traditional Pork Scratchings
And you can read the reviews too…
Midland Snacks Traditional Pork Scratchings: https://www.hairybarsnacks.com/pork-scratching-reviews/midland-snacks-traditional-pork-scratchings-review/
Prestige Pork Scratchings: https://www.hairybarsnacks.com/pork-scratching-reviews/prestige-pork-scratchings-review/
Ricks Quality Pork Scratchings: https://www.hairybarsnacks.com/pork-scratching-reviews/ricks-quality-pork-scratchings-review/
Shakey’s Traditional Black Country Pork Scratchings: https://www.hairybarsnacks.com/pork-scratching-reviews/shakeys-traditional-black-country-pork-scratchings-review/
G. Simmons & Sons Pork Scratchings: https://www.hairybarsnacks.com/pork-scratching-reviews/g-simmons-sons-pork-scratchings-review/
Uncle Alberts Scratchings Review: https://www.hairybarsnacks.com/pork-scratching-reviews/uncle-alberts-scratchings-review/
Openshaws, Lancashire, Big Bag Traditional Pork Scratchings: https://www.hairybarsnacks.com/pork-scratching-reviews/openshaws-lancashire-big-bag-traditional-pork-scratchings-review/
Whittles Crisps Gluten Free Black Country Pork Scratchings: https://www.hairybarsnacks.com/pork-scratching-reviews/whittles-crisps-gluten-free-black-country-pork-scratchings-review/