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Where to get Fatback?

merkin Mar 28, 2008 05:43 PM

My mom is making some rillettes for my baby shower and we cant find fat back. I'd prefer a source in Marin. Thanks!

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  1. wolfe RE: merkin Mar 28, 2008 05:58 PM


    1. Euonymous RE: merkin Mar 28, 2008 06:14 PM

      You can find fatback at just about any Safeway. Here, though, they call it salt pork. It's usually in the meat section (pork area) on an upper shelf and wrapped in plastic.

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      1. re: Euonymous
        wolfe RE: Euonymous Mar 28, 2008 06:50 PM

        I am not sure they are the same. This link suggests blanching salt pork,I assume, to desalinate it before sustituting it for fatback.

        1. re: wolfe
          dudesinmexico RE: wolfe Mar 29, 2008 12:22 AM

          Corrrect, they are not the same thing. Any respectable butcher will sell pork back fat on special order.

        2. re: Euonymous
          linc1fl RE: Euonymous Jan 23, 2010 09:07 PM

          There is a difference between fatback and salt pork. They are not the same, true fatback has the rind and the meat is all white fat. Salt pork has a streak of lean running through it and the taste between the 2 is very noticeable., We use fat back to season beans, turnip greens etc, and since it is packed in salt you will never need to add salt to what you are cooking, You can also slice fat back and fry it in a pan or broil it in the oven. When the meat gets dry looking it is ready to eat and a lot of times what is leftover will turn back to raw fat overnight. Nothing seasons a pot of navy or pinto beans any better. Just wish i could find a place online that carried it. Jerry

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