Posted on June 15th, 2009
In order to make a pork tocino, you will need to have its main ingredient which is the meat. It would be better to use any of the following parts of meat: Kasim or pork pigue (lean pork). You can use it with or without skin, depending on your preference. Have the bone removed and slice it to Â¼ inch thick. Here are the things you need to on the steps you need to take on how to make tocino:
Prepare the following Ingredients:
â€¢ 5-8 tbsp- sugar
â€¢ 1 tbsp- gin or rhum
â€¢ 2 tbsp- salt
â€¢ Â½ tablet- ascorbic acid
â€¢ Â¼- Â½ tsp- Prague powder( also called curing salt, insta cure or modern cure)
â€¢ 1 tsp- monosodium glutamate(MSG/ vetsin)- this is optional
After preparing the ingredients, make sure that the following equipments are available:
â€¢ Chopping board
â€¢ Weighing scale
â€¢ Measuring spoon
â€¢ Mixing bowl
You will also need packaging materials
â€¢ 6â€™â€™ x 12â€™â€™ Polyethylene bags( thermoplastic),with 0.003 thickness
â€¢ Rectangular Styrofoam with cling on top
Now you are ready to make Tocino.
â€¢ Cut the meat into Â¼ inch thick (0.63 cm)
â€¢ Put all the ingredients together for curing
â€¢ Mix it to allow even distribution while rubbing both sides of slices
â€¢ Rearrange the slices then cover the bowl
â€¢ Allow the slices to cure
12 hours- at room temp
3 days- in the refrigerator
Note: To prolong shelf life, you may dry the slices under the sun after curing.
Home Recipe of Tocino
â€¢ Meat cut into Â¼ inch thick- 2lbs ( you can use pork chops or red loin with fats)
â€¢ Annatto (atsuete) water- 2 tbsp
â€¢ Anise wine- 2 tbsp
â€¢ Salt- 2 tbsp
â€¢ Sugar- 4 tbsp
â€¢ Salitre (saltpeter)- 1/8 tsp
â€¢ Cooking oil- 2 tbsp
â€¢ Except for the pork, mix all the ingredients in a shallow pan
â€¢ Then, pour the mixture onto the pork. Ensure that it is evenly distributed.
â€¢ Stack the pork inside the container then cover it. To allow curing, place it inside the refrigerator for about 3 days.
â€¢ When cooking, place the pork in a frying pan and add a little water, then fry.