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Old 02-22-2013, 05:53 PM   #31
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Old 02-22-2013, 06:20 PM   #32
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Are pork rinds an aquired taste? I just can't seem to get on board. I've only tried them with Salsa...and all I can taste is that Fatty Porky flavor.

Should I keep trying?
Yes. I really had a hard time in the beginning and couldn't understand what the fuss was about. I tried a few different brands with no luck. Everything changed for me when I found the Baken-ets brand for $2. They are so mild (no funky pork smell) and airy and crispy. The remind me more of the texture of cheese puffs. I sprinkle mine with a bit of Cajun seasoning and dip in ranch. You could really sprinkle with any seasoning you liked.

Try the Baken-ets before you wave the white flag.

To the original poster, I used to eat half a bag a day early on in my weight loss journey but I dropped them during my stall because of the high sodium. Now it is a rare occasion that I indulge.
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Old 02-23-2013, 06:49 AM   #33
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Even tho I don't post much I just had to chime in on one of my fav things to do with pork rinds. I grind a whole bag (the $2 bag mentioned above) into PR "flour". I add 6 eggs to make a batter (you should be able to patty a portion out with your hands, but wet hands first so it doesn't stick). I cook a patty about the size of a hamburger bun(but only about 1/2" thick) in a bit of bacon grease (MMMMM, but you don't need much) in a tiny frying pan. Flip and cook other side. They are pretty dense so I like to (VERY carefully) slice each bun laterally so you have 2 slices. These make great LC sandwich buns and to me they are more durable than oopsies. Sometimes I make "sweet rolls" by adding cinnamon and sweetener of choice and frying in butter!!
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Old 02-23-2013, 06:56 AM   #34
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Pork rind crumbs are also fantastic as a coating for fried scallops. Dip the scallops in a beaten egg and then roll in the crushed pork rinds and then fry in either coconut oil of bacon fat. I make a seafood sauce of horseradish and l/c ketchup to dip them in. Friggin fantastic in my humble opinion!
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Old 02-23-2013, 01:50 PM   #35
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I love reading everyone's comments. I can easily finish a bag when i open it. I am going to try and only have a bag once a week. Even if its once a week that will do for the crunchy feeling.

I am definitely going to have to try to use it as a coating for other foods.
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Old 02-23-2013, 02:26 PM   #36
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Old 02-23-2013, 07:05 PM   #37
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Pork rind crumbs are also fantastic as a coating for fried scallops. Dip the scallops in a beaten egg and then roll in the crushed pork rinds and then fry in either coconut oil of bacon fat. I make a seafood sauce of horseradish and l/c ketchup to dip them in. Friggin fantastic in my humble opinion!
Thanks for the reminder! I coated my tillapia in porkrinds tonight! Fish needs to be a little crispy once in awhile. Yum!
Next I'm going to work out a seasoning for "pork rind hushpuppies".
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Old 02-24-2013, 08:12 AM   #38
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Even tho I don't post much I just had to chime in on one of my fav things to do with pork rinds. I grind a whole bag (the $2 bag mentioned above) into PR "flour". I add 6 eggs to make a batter (you should be able to patty a portion out with your hands, but wet hands first so it doesn't stick). I cook a patty about the size of a hamburger bun(but only about 1/2" thick) in a bit of bacon grease (MMMMM, but you don't need much) in a tiny frying pan. Flip and cook other side. They are pretty dense so I like to (VERY carefully) slice each bun laterally so you have 2 slices. These make great LC sandwich buns and to me they are more durable than oopsies. Sometimes I make "sweet rolls" by adding cinnamon and sweetener of choice and frying in butter!!
I had to try this. I used one egg and a handful of crushed PR. It was very very good. You are a genius!
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Old 02-24-2013, 12:28 PM   #39
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I buy some very light Pork Skins... I used to eat a whole bag at a sitting. Way too much salt I'm afraid. The BBQ from this source is too hot for my taste. Recently, I've been spreading them single thick on a plate, spraying lightly with a good cooking spray. Use a shaker with cinnamon & another with Splenda. I find it tasty & don't finish the whole package.
Sometimes they are hard to find, so I buy several & be sure to rotate as they do go stale.
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Old 02-24-2013, 12:49 PM   #40
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The sodium is not too much of an issue if you are LC enough. You need about 5g of sodium a day. Health and rx meds not withstanding of course.
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Old 02-24-2013, 02:03 PM   #41
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The sodium is not too much of an issue if you are LC enough. You need about 5g of sodium a day. Health and rx meds not withstanding of course.
See i know i dont eat that much sodium, and in the bags i have its 1.5g (i think) of sodium. ok so i eat the whole bag in one go but surely that isnt enough to make me gain weight?
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Old 02-24-2013, 02:24 PM   #42
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Old 02-24-2013, 03:31 PM   #43
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I've resisted pork rinds during the whole year I've been lcing because they just kind of gross me out. But, this thread finally did me in and I bought my first bag of pork rinds yesterday. OMG, they are awesome. I'd been using pistachios to satisfy my desire for something crunchy and salty, but pork rinds smash those pistachios all to smithereens!! I just bought the plain ones and they definitely aren't the pork rinds of the 70s. These were so light and crispy and didn't have that awful smell that I still remember from my teen days with very early Atkins. I only bought one bag because I really didn't think I'd like them. I'm going to have to make a special trip to the store to buy another bag. And, hopefully I can find some of the flavored pork rinds.

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Old 02-24-2013, 03:54 PM   #44
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Be sure to check out the ingredients when buying the flavored ones, many have sugar..
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Old 02-24-2013, 03:57 PM   #45
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Be sure to check out the ingredients when buying the flavored ones, many have sugar..
Good point! Thank you! Maybe I'll skip the flavored kinds.
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Old 02-24-2013, 04:38 PM   #46
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See i know i dont eat that much sodium, and in the bags i have its 1.5g (i think) of sodium. ok so i eat the whole bag in one go but surely that isnt enough to make me gain weight?
Well.... my 6oz bag is about 900 calories for the whole thing so you can sure gain weight eating too much of them if you are overdoing your total calories. Or stall.

Usually I eat about 2 ounces when I eat them. I just weigh it out into a bowl and put the rest into a ziplock bag and back in the pantry.

I made a thread about sodium:

NK and Salt - You must have it!
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I see both the heavy & light pork rinds in my stores... I can't choke the heavy ones down but it's pretty obivious which is which. Yes, take out your serving on a plate or bowl. Eating anything from the container is a good way to over eat. I just fold the bag top over a couple of times & use a big bag clip on it. Works for all but the most humid of weather.
As I said above, I flavor my own with Cinn & Splenda. I think the taste helps to know I've eatten something.
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Old 02-25-2013, 05:26 AM   #48
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A lot of flavored pork rinds contain MSG, plain with Tapatio hot sauce are a great combo.
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Old 02-25-2013, 07:05 AM   #49
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I don't count/restrict portions, fat, or calories; but the excessive sodium in pork rinds can put me a temporary pound up the next morning. I love them, so I eat them with sour cream or crab dip anyway!
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Old 02-25-2013, 08:19 PM   #50
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A lot of flavored pork rinds contain MSG, plain with Tapatio hot sauce are a great combo.
Dextrose and maltodextrin too. Why would hot & spicy need sweeteners??
My corner store was out of the plain. Glad I checked the ingredients first.
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Old 06-04-2013, 01:40 PM   #51
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it also depends on who makes them too. Here in Ohio we have MikeSell's and they are awesome! other have funny smell to them, these are just perfect.
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Old 06-04-2013, 02:53 PM   #52
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I bought a bag today and ate them with Nacho Cheese Dip, was so darn yummy and I didnt eat the whole bag, gonna make it last as long as I can

I wanna try that recipe that was posted though about making buns out of them, that sounds amazing!
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Old 06-04-2013, 03:51 PM   #53
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Someone on antoher thread, maybe it was Blue Skies, recommended the Old Dutch brand.
I couldn't find any of any brand in my chain store grocery. I am doing a road trip this week so I may do some scouting.
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Old 06-04-2013, 06:21 PM   #54
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To me, Pork rinds take on the flavor of whatever I'm using them for. You can make a delicious pancake with them too.
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Old 06-04-2013, 07:05 PM   #55
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May sound weird, but I love Pork Rinds squirted with lemon & salt. Yum!
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Old 06-04-2013, 08:32 PM   #56
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I Hated Pork Rinds ...

Until after about a year of low carbing, so it can be an acquired taste.

I eat them with dip if I'm still hungry after dinner. I do portion out a dollop of Hiland French Onion Dip and the lightest PR I can find.
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i just found at my local walmart peppered flavored, i ate the whole bag they were that good---they were a smaller bag
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Old 06-05-2013, 05:21 PM   #58
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I do like pork rinds, I will eat them with my tuna. But I really prefer Cracklin, so yummy!
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Old 06-05-2013, 08:13 PM   #59
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I've recently found a place that sells Microwave pork rinds. 2 minutes in the microwave and they poof up. They taste way better than any other pork rinds I've found around me.
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I grew up eating them sometimes, so it wasn't a big switch for me. I don't eat them a lot, but I sometimes get a hankering for a chip-like snack, and they do the job. Every once in a while, I'll eat them with tuna salad as the dip, and I also mix them 50/50 with Parmesan cheese for a crust when I want crunchy oven-friend chicken.

I used mine to dip my tuna today too. I also like to use a little sour cream as a dip.
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