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Home-made Pork Tocino

I have made a few attempts at making my own home-made tocino without using premixes by mama sita’s, knorr, or what-have-yous and most of the time, they all go to the garbage bin.  How many kilograms of pork have I wasted just to experiment on tocino?  A lot!  I checked tested recipes online but then they require ingredients like salitre (curing salt or prague number 1) or saltpeter (Potassium nitrate) which we can’t find here.  Frederick and I have already checked supermarkets and specialty stores in Singapore for any curing salt available but we found none, nada,nil, awan, wala .  Frederick needs curing salt also  for his ham.

Anyway, tocino, is a Filipino sweetened cured pork.  It’s one of those comfort food served for breakfast.  Though some can have it any time of the day they want.  It is a preserved food that can last for a month even without refrigeration.  One can make varieties of tocino – pork & chicken to name a few. So for the wise and frugal parents and also for those who do not have much time to spend on cooking yet would want to serve their kids something nice and delicious – tocino is an answer.  You can stock tocino as many as you want.  Yes of course, you and your kids can live with tocino, but remember that it can only provide you with protein. AND calories and fats and sodium not to mention cholesterol (see the nutritional values of tocino below).  Your kids deserve better food and nutrients for proper nourishment.  
Here’s a successful tocino recipe of mine.  It’s simple yet tasty. I cured this for 2 weeks before we cooked it.  Frederick started to cure his own pork tocino  last Tuesday. We’ll see how it will taste after a few days more. 
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Pork slices,  lean meat only – 500 g.
Tocino Marinade:
Sugar – 6 tbsp
Soy – 3 tbsp
Salt – 2 tsp
Garlic Powder – 1 tsp
Ground Black Pepper – ¼ tsp
Next time I make tocino again, I will add tenderizer.
Curing / Preserving Procedure:
1. Mix all of the ingredients for the tocino marinade.  Then pour it on the pork slices.  Make sure that all the pork are fully coated.
2.  Transfer into a plastic zip locked bag.  Cure inside the refrigerator for at least a week.
Cooking Procedure:
1. Drain the pork of the excess marinade.  
2. Place pork tocino on a frying pan.  Add water just enough to cover the tocino.
3. Check if the meat is fork tender, otherwise, add more water and cook it until it is fork tender.
4. Add a small amount of vegetable oil for frying and fry until the meat turned golden brown.
Serve with rice fried in the oil used for frying the tocino.  Make sure that you serve it with veggies.
Makes 4 servings.   Here’s the estimated Nutritional values per serving based on the ingredients used. 

Calories :  423.91 kcal
Total Fat:   23.94 g.
Cholesterol :  113.24 mg.
Saturated fat :  7.01 g.
Protein :  32.24 g
Trans fat  :  0 g.
Sodium : 104.07 g.
Dietary fiber :  0 g.
Carbohydrate : 19.37 g.
Sugar  : 18.9 g.

-fresha-licious (22December2011)

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