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Help me identify this mystery meat

sufunsified May 10, 2010 04:28 PM

My roommates left behind an interesting slab of something in the freezer. I'm hoping it's really, really fatty pork belly so I can simmer it down into lard. The skin looks just like the pig's skin when I cured bacon, but there's no muscle tissue at all in the slab - just white stuff.

Here's some pictures of it from different angles:


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  1. mrbozo RE: sufunsified May 10, 2010 04:37 PM

    Looks like fatback to me. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fatback

    1. ipsedixit RE: sufunsified May 10, 2010 04:42 PM

      Unrendered leaf lard perhaps?

      1. Caroline1 RE: c oliver May 10, 2010 04:54 PM

        Don't know why this struck me as funny, but I'm laughing. Can we assume the fat is "milky white?"

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          c oliver RE: Caroline1 May 10, 2010 04:59 PM

          Writing it made me chuckle. Definitely "milky white."

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            sufunsified RE: c oliver May 10, 2010 05:04 PM

            Ah, the same thing happened to me too! I was cutting up my pork belly and got soooo creeped out by the nipples.
            Yay, either way, if my mystery meat is fatback or leaf lard, I'm a happy camper. Gonna stink up the kitchen tomorrow with the aroma of rendering fat and burning chile seeds.
            Mmmmmmm homemade mole.

            1. re: sufunsified
              epabella RE: sufunsified May 10, 2010 05:10 PM

              i make a distinction (semantics) and refer to the focal point of animal mammaries as udders and human mammaries as nipples. to lessen the odor, have some star anise, pepper corns and ginger in the pot as you render down the fat.

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                buttertart RE: epabella May 11, 2010 06:59 AM

                I always thought the udder (on cows) was the "bag" and the "nipples" the "teats" on a cow. I would suppose a lady pig has "teats" too but certainly no udder.

              2. re: sufunsified
                buttertart RE: sufunsified May 11, 2010 07:01 AM

                It's definitely not leaf lard which is the hard fat that surrounds the kidneys (as is suet on a bovine). But it certainly looks like lard material to me from whatever part of the pig, back or belly.

          2. epabella RE: sufunsified May 10, 2010 05:04 PM

            looks like fatty pork belly with the bacon already stripped-off.

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              tonka11_99 RE: sufunsified May 10, 2010 07:26 PM

              It has to be Hog fat or whale blubber.

              1. bushwickgirl RE: sufunsified May 10, 2010 10:45 PM

                You have fatback.

                tonka_11, whale blubber is many more inches thick, btw, or maybe you were joking and I have no sense of humor.

                1. souschef RE: sufunsified May 11, 2010 02:35 AM

                  You could fry it and call it an "Unidentified Frying Object" :)

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                    cb1 RE: souschef May 11, 2010 07:16 AM

                    Thanks Souschef. My keyboard has now been sprayed with the grits I was eating!

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                      c oliver RE: souschef May 11, 2010 07:38 AM

                      Perfect! Kinda like the mystery roadkill called "Unidentified Flat Object."

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                        tullius RE: c oliver May 11, 2010 02:44 PM

                        seeing this thread title I wondered if it was about meat pies you bought from a shop with a barber upstairs!

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