I hated these growing up in Canada. My mum loved them, but there was something about the oily bag, the puffiness and the fact they came from a pig that put me off. Since falling in love with homemade crackling when making pork roasts, I gave these snacks a second look. They are not my favourite, but they are good as an occasional treat, especially if you’re a paleo/keto and can tolerate pork. Long-time readers know I have a bit of a problem with fresh pork.
But what are pork scratchings? Simply put, they are deep fried or roasted pig skins. I can’t think of anything more paleo than that. Of course, the fat content is through the roof, so you don’t need many to feel satiated.
Still, like everything in this world, there is the good, the bad and the ugly. The brand above, Awfully Posh, is definitely the good. There are only two ingredients: pork rind and salt. That’s it. The fact that there is no pork fat in the list makes me wonder if these are baked rather than deep fried. They taste very good; they’re crunchy; and they’re not oily. There are virtually no carbs. It’s all fat and protein.
In contrast, the much cheaper and easier to find brand Mr Porky contains the following: Pork Rind, Pork Fat, Salt, Flavour Enhancer: Monosodium Glutamate, Hydrolysed Vegetable Protein, Rusk (Wheatflour, Salt), Dextrose, Colours: Paprika Extract, Ammonia Caramel. Yes, they are full of sh*t.
A quick rummage around Amazon reveals that Mr Porky has many comrades out there who also add a bunch of junk to these snacks. Another brand had most of Mr Porky’s additives and Hydrolysed Vegetable Protein (SOYA). Yummy!!!
This can be a great paleo snack if you you can find the right brand. For my North American and antipodean readers, do your research. I hope you can find a local brand that is not full of unhealthy, industrial ingredients.