What does tocino mean in Puerto Rican cooking?
I believe the word has different meanings in different Hispanic cuisines, but I'm looking for the stuff that Puerto Ricans use to flavor some of their dishes. I've seen it described as BOTH salt pork and fatback, but as far as I know those are two DIFFERENT things. Which one should I ask for and where should I look? I asked at Faicco's, a pork store in the West Village; they didn't have fatback.
Also, what's a good substitute?
The difference between fatback and saltpork is that fatback is raw and saltpork is cured; saltpork might be from pig's back but can also be from other parts of the pig. Julia Child says if one can't find fatback, one can soak saltpork (overnight, changing the water several times) and use it in place.