As many of you may know, Schnitzel don’t grow on trees. Today I will introduce you to the home pig-slaughter and the preparation of homemade delicacies which remained culinary tradition maybe only in Slovakia, Czech Republic and Poland.
Process of home pig-slaughter
The main actor today is the pig which weights 170kg, pigs killed in slaughterhouses have only 110-120kg. More than 95% of the pig will be used and only little will be thrown away.
First, the pig gets dazed and the throat cut, after it bleeds out it gets a hot water bath to get rid of the bristles. The rest of the small hairs is removed with the help of fire. When this process is done, the pig will be hanged vertically and cut in half. Now the guts will be removed and used for further consumption.
Production of homemade traditional delicacies
As mentioned earlier, most of the pig is being used to create traditional pork delicacies. Home pig-slaughter kicks off with a shot of homemade liqueur, this should bring luck and success for the upcoming work.
Meat Break Down
First, the meat is breaked down into pieces. Lungs, spleen, liver, tongue and intestines are washed and used for the sausages. Fat will be rendered, chops fried, feet will be used for the brawn and the knee will be smoked.
Pork Broth (Ovar)
Head, feet, guts, tongue and some of the meat will be cooked in the pig broth. This broth will be used as the basis for further products.
Cracklings and Lard (Oskvarky a Mast)
Fat will be cut into small pieces and put to render. The result is lard and cracklings.
Spleen, heart, sweetbread and shoulder can be used for goulash.
Liver, garlic and rice or bread, shoulder, broth and herbs will be mixed and filled into intestines, cooked and later fried.
Meat (shoulder) from the broth will be cut and mixed together with the boiled skin, salted and peppered. The result will be put into small plastic bags and boiled in the broth.
Pork cerebellum (Mozocek/Mozecek)
Pork cerebellum, onions, eggs, herbs, bread will be mixed, cooked and served with bread.
You should know that every home pig-slaughter is a little different as well as the recipes for the homemade delicacies. It’s a part of the Slavic culture which have provided food, in the past, to our ancestors for several months.
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