The Fascination of Pork Rinds
|You know you want some.|
Earlier this week, Business Week ran a fascinating story about how pork rinds are made. The article's main narrative -- the battle between the country's two biggest producers -- is of mild interest. The good stuff's in the dozens of "OMGreally?" details: that 60 percent of the skins from the 100 million pigs slaughtered annually in America are made into gelatin; that raw pork skins have gone up in price because rendered pork fat is used for biodiesel; that the first President Bush is a hero to the pork-rind industry for some publicity stunt he did back in the 1980s.
The description of how pork rinds are made -- industrially, at least -- will either have you swearing off pig for the rest of the week or, like SFoodie, heading out to the convenience store to pick up a pack.