‘Healthy’ and ‘pork fat’ aren’t usually something we’d associate together, but for someone on the Ketogenic Diet (which advocates for low carbohydrates and high fats) pork cracklings may just be the perfect snack.
Yes, pork cracklings are good for you according to an expert-approved list of the top 100 nutritious foods over at BBC, where pork fat snagged the number 8th spot.
And you can now buy authentic, home-made pork cracklings right here in Malta thanks to COD’s Kitchen…
COD’s Kitchen is run by one man army Charles Bartolo COD, an avid food lover and Ketogenic practitioner himself, who started the business after he had trouble finding Keto friendly snacks in Malta.
“Finding snacks that work on a keto diet is extremely difficult in Malta,” Charles said when speaking to Lovin Malta.
“After reading about the benefits of clean food and fats I decided to experiment with pork cracklings.”
Charles makes the pork cracklings at home using his double oven using specially selected pork meat from the UK. The pork is first slow-baked for six hours and then fried for crispness. They’re then seasoned with paprika and a hint of ground cayenne pepper.
And they taste so damn good.
“I used to follow recipes online which involved just frying rinds. This resulted in a very hard marble-like crackling which was difficult to digest. So I decided to double cook them and that’s what I’ve stuck with today.”
Apart from having zero carbohydrates, pork cracklings are also rich in vitamin B, minerals and are more unsaturated and healthier than lamb or beef fat.
The snack has worked wonders for Charles, who has been following the keto diet for nine months now and has lost over 100 kgs!
Just check out these before and after photos…
And if you don’t like the taste of pork cracklings, you can still use them as a binding agent by crushing them into breadcrumbs to create a bacon-tasting batter.
Keto practitioners now have something they can actually enjoy eating!
Who knew pork fat could be so good?!
You can order some authentic pork cracklings by getting in touch with COD’s Kitchen on Facebook. Charles will even deliver them right to your door!
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