Pig's head, boiled (Mrs Beeton's)

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Pig's head, boiled (Mrs Beeton's)
Pig's head, boiled (Mrs Beeton's)
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Servings:Serves 8
Calories per serving:274
Ready in:6 days, 3 hours, 30 minutes
Prep. time:6 days
Cook time:3 hours 30 minutes
Difficulty:Difficult
Recipe author:Chef
First published:12th April 2013
Other publications - circa 1945

This is from Mrs Beeton's Cookery Book. This copy was a gift, dated 1950

I tried in vain but could not find a use for the left over hair, eyes, snout and brains!


Ingredients

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Method

  1. Scald and cleanse the head thoroughly, removing the hair, eyes, snout and brains
  2. Soak in strong salt and water for about 24 hours, changing the water 2 or 3 times, then drain and dry well
  3. Mix the salt and saltpeter together, run it well into every part of the head, repeat this process daily for 5 to 6 days
  4. Drain the head from brine, place in a stew pan containing sufficient warm water to cover it, bring to the boil and skim well
  5. Simmer gently for 3 ½ hours

Serving suggestions

Serve with pease pudding

Warning

Please research the risks of using saltpeter if you ever attempt this recipe!

See also

* How to prepare and cook a pig's head; a step by step pictorial guide.

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