Fried Pork Rinds

Saturday, May 17, 2008
For as long as I've known Landon, he has occasionally picked up a bag of Baken-Ets Traditional Fried Pork Rinds to snack on, usually when we're on the road. For some reason, I thought they were pork-flavored chips, but never inspected the bag too closely. I usually never ate any, because when I tried them once, I disliked the flavor.

Thursday, when we stopped in Seaview, WA for a few groceries to make sandwiches for dinner, Landon picked up a bag of fried pork rinds. There was a small delay before we could eat between leaving the grocery store and driving to where we were going to make our picnic dinner, and since I was so hungry, I grabbed three or four from the bag, eating them up despite the disagreeable taste.

At this point, Samuel asked for some, and Landon passed a few back to him. Samuel asked what they were, and Landon replied, "They're pigskins."

I felt a dry heave coming on, and asked, "What did you say?"

He repeated, "Pigskins."

I thought he was joking, but quickly realized he wasn't when he handed me the bag and told me to read the ingredients for myself.

Ingredients: Fried pork rinds, salt. The end. There was no ambiguity. I was consuming the skin of a pig.

My mind was racing. How could the companies that makes these snacks possibly scrub each pore clean? I thought meat products belonged in the meat department. I was completely grossed out, so I did what any person in the pursuit of information would do, I looked up pork rinds on Wikipedia.

I found out they are amongst the most unhealthy of snacks. And then I read this:

Sometimes the fine layer of hair is removed from the skin by burning; however this is not completely effective and some pieces still have the hair attached.

Needless to say, there will be no more consumption of fried pork rinds from this family. I think I divulged enough information about the product to Landon that he'll never touch another bag again. From now on, I'll take product names a little more seriously. If the bag says "Fried Pork Rinds," then there's a good chance that's what they are. Poor Wilbur!


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