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Old 01-12-2008, 06:36 PM   #1
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Question What to do with a whole pig head

I'm getting half a pig and have asked for the head too. I plan to remove the cheeks for Guamcoale but what to do with the rest?? I have a receipe for making a head cheese but not really crazy about aspic-type stuff. What else can I do with my tasty morsel.

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Old 01-12-2008, 07:11 PM   #2
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I just watched the new version of Animal Farm and they stuck the old pig head on a stake in the ground......
Probably not the answer you're looking for
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Old 01-12-2008, 07:23 PM   #3
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I hope your kidding? How about using it as a decorative ornament with a pork roast

Pork cheeks for guacamole
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I know the Greeks will use goat heads to make soup ( had it..will never have it again!!)

Could you use the pig head for soup?
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The large heads of animals like hogs, pigs, cows, sheep, once cleaned or any internal organs, are boiled in a large tub/kettle (usually outdoors over an open fire) for approx 24 hours. The skull is removed and the contents (slivers of meat, bone marrow, etc) are used in making many different foods. In Mexico, they often use this meat for making tamales. You can also use it to make Mexican Menudo just use it in place of the calf's foot.
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Martha, it is not unusual to cook a whole pig's head here in Mexico, but you need a BIG kettle. Here is a link to a wonderful Mexican cooking page that describes the process for making authentic Mexican Tamales.
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They must have butchered the pig locally since it had many of the parts left on it like the tongue and a portion of the upper neck.

We have always used our corn husks vertically and place each side over the middle. It was interesting to see that they can be made differently.

Thanks for the interesting site.
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Make the head cheese.
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Old 01-12-2008, 09:23 PM   #9
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Make the head cheese.
Do you have a good sandwich for head cheese? They have a lot in the deli just now.
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I'm getting half a pig and have asked for the head too. I plan to remove the cheeks for Guamcoale but what to do with the rest?? I have a receipe for making a head cheese but not really crazy about aspic-type stuff. What else can I do with my tasty morsel.
I don't think you are going to get much Guanciale from the cheeks of one hog, but what do I know? Should be interesting trying to make it.

Have you googled for instructions?
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