The History of Pork Scratchings April 29, 2021 12:31
The legend of the humble yet awesome pork scratching is nearly as old as time itself. Quite possibly the oldest snack on earth, known as chicharrones by the Spanish it was invented thousands of years ago and eaten today across the world. The Portuguese call it Torresmos, Filipeno’s Chicharron, Canadian’s Oreilles de Crises and us Brits collectively refer to fried pig skin as pork scratchings, which we took a shine to during the Industrial Revolution.
It was common for factory workers to keep a pig in the garden which is why the Black Country is famous for the meaty morsel. So although we would assume the Midlands was the centre of the pork crackling Big Bang, it was more widely accepted that old Christopher Columbus likely had a packet of the good stuff when he landed his tiny little Spanish feet on the US of A.
For the past 200 years, they have remained unchanged until we, Snaffling Pig, came along, and that may be the greatest thing to have happened to food since the invention of sliced bread; well, that's what our mum says and we're sticking to it.
The beauty about pork scratchings is in their simplicity. You take a lovely slab of pork skin, typically from the shank (top of the pig's back leg), cut into large pieces around 4cm in length, fry for about 30 minutes, then season, typically with salt. This simplicity means you have nowhere to hide, so Snaffling Pig uses only the finest quality pork, oil and seasoning available and cook it to perfection. Of course, it’s a natural product so there is always the chance of a stray piece of hair, no matter how much we try to avoid it, pigs are hairy and as we use 100% real pork this can creep past our stringent quality control. Nothing we are ever ashamed of, but we know it’s not everyone’s cup of tea.
And whilst we’re on that subject, that is precisely why some people piggin’ love pork scratchings, because quite frankly there are a lot of people out there who don’t. It’s as divisive as the classic Marmite debate. Pork scratchings are an indulgent treat, for some peeps they are a dirty little secret. Is it socially acceptable to eat them down the pub? HELL YEAH. Can you eat them on your morning commute on the 8:10 from Watford. NOPE... but we’d love to meet the legend who does for they are sooooo Porky Supermarket and that blatant confidence is just the type of snaffler that we need in our lives.