So, I’m one month in to my little experiment. I’ve eaten pulled pork sliders from Brother Jimmy’s, I’ve made two different kinds of pork roasts, I’ve eaten lots of ribs, and I’ve learned a few things:
-There are a bunch of different pieces of the pig that I totally forgot about- mostly digestive parts.
-I eat a LOT of pork from the loin. I guess that makes sense because that’s where the most roasts come from, as well as pork chops. I will have no problem eating the whole loin on Wilbur
-I don’t eat nearly as much bacon as I thought. In fact in all of January I did not eat one piece of bacon. I KNOW, I CANT BELIEVE IT EITHER!!!
-Whether it’s in chorizo, Italian, or breakfast form, sausage is always good!
Here are the stats:
Most eaten cut of Wilbur by percentage- RIBS 20%
This is not too surprising since ribs don’t have too much meat and you can eat a bunch without feeling like a (pardon the pun) pig. The best ribs I had this month were when Mrs. Notafoodie and I had some friends over for dinner. We got a bone in loin roast from our good friend Mitch The Butcher (everyone should have a butcher… even better if his name is “Mitch”). We removed the ribs, stuffed it with garlic and rosemary, then tied the ribs back on to the roast for cooking (it imparts great flavor). After the loin was done, while it was resting, I took the ribs off and put them back in to the oven at high heat for another 15 minutes. This made them super crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside.
Least eaten cut of Wilbur by percentage- HAM 1.6%
One of the larger cuts of the piggy is the good ol’ ham. For the purposes of this highly scientific study in to the amount of pig one man stuffs in to his face over the course of a year, I estimated that Wilbur will give up 28lbs of ham. That, dear reader, is a LOT of Wilbur. I usually don’t have ham sandwiches for lunch, or baked hams for dinner. My ham fix this month came mostly from grazing at buffets and antipasto courses. I had prosciutto and some Boars Head ham (I’m no fancy pants… I eat Boars Head just like the rest of you). I anticipate that ham consumption will go up over the summer when I order some ham steaks from my CSA for grilling, but as I thought, I doubt I’ll be able to finish Wilbur’s whole back side.
…And the complete breakdown:
Some selected meals:
Jan 5- Brother Jimmy’s MSG– Pulled Pork Quesedillas – 8oz (shoulder)
Jan 8- Rib roast of pork 2 chops 4 bones Whipped lardo on toasted bread (4oz)
Jan 10-13 Leftovers – 3 chops
Jan 17- 1 loin chop in spicy garlic hoison stir fry
Jan 19- chorizo omelet (3oz from shoulder)
Jan 23- Hawaiian salted pineapple roast -3/4lb from loin, studded with lardo (2oz)
Jan 30- Pork / Beef meatloaf – .25lb ground pork (This was awesome and I will post the recipe)
Misc- Sausage egg and cheese breakfast sandwiches (2)
Broken down by percentage:
February should prove to be a Wilbur filled month. Mrs. Notafoodie and I, along with a group of friends (Friends of Notafoodie?), are doing the whole suckling pig meal at The Breslin. I’m also in the process of making guanciale (or Italian super bacon) with my #Chartutepalooza friends. Super Bowl Sunday is always prime Wilbur eating time. Oh, and this morning I started February off with a few strips of bacon… just for good measure.