So tonight I tried something a little different. Sometimes when I cook a strip of pork belly, in an effort to get some crackling, the muscle meat may become a little dry. To protect the muscle meat I tried tying metal knives on either side of the strip and hoping the metal would conduct sufficient heat to cook my pork flesh and prevent too much dehydration from the meaty surface.
It worked perfectly. The crackling was fantastic and the porky muscle meat was tender, juicy, and succulent.
There’s nothing pretty about this meal, in fact, it’s pretty ugly. Ugly but delicious.
This is a meal for microbiologists. I bought a packet of chicken wings two weeks ago and split them into two lots and vacuum-packed each lot. I ate the first batch a couple of days after the purchase date. Tonight’s lot found its way to the back of the refrigerator and I forgot about them. While the refrigeration and vacuum packing assists in inhibiting bacterial growth, it was probably a bit too long. I didn’t want to waste them so I basically sterilised them in an autoclave, also known as a pressure cooker. Rather than a 15-minute cook I went belt and braces and added an extra 5 minutes for a 20-minute cook.