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Unread 04-15-2013, 10:43 AM   #1
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Last week picked up 10 pounds of pork belly to make some bacon. I bought them at Whole Foods...AKA Whole Paycheck at $6 a pound. I got them home and was rather disappointed....they are very thin, less that 1 inch and I really don't see any fat in these at all. They are in the cure and hope they turn out alright but how do you get a pork belly with no fat...and bacon with no fat....hmmm
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Unread 04-15-2013, 01:22 PM   #2
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First mistake: paying $6lb for pork belly.
Second mistake: doing it at Whole Paycheck.
Third mistake: assuming that an establishment that prides itself on organic products would sell meat with fat in it .

The best source I have here is a Asian grocery chain called Ranch 99. Bellies are no more than 3.49 per pound there.

I hope the cook turns out well. You might try making friends with a local pig farmer to get better bellies.
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Not all is lost, yes you paid way to much $$$$.
Why not cure it, roll it up and make PANCETTA.
Do a search at bottom of page for some good tutorials as to how.
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looks to me like you got the end cuts... they can be good, but you find a lot more inconsistencies in the meat/fat ratio...

Best advice given above, find an asian/hispanic market near you and buy from them, usually way cheaper and usually have many to choose from.
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I get mine from an Asian market.

$2.49 lb

they are in nice 2 or so pound cuts, fresh wrapped in saran wrap, so you can easily inspect them and they are easy to handle
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yep, asian markets are yer best choice.
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I got a pork belly from Whole Foods last year, it was 99% fat. Very disappointing.
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asian markets for the win.
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I've had good luck with the bellies from my local Whole Foods. Usually around $3.50/lb which for around here is a decent price. I always ask them to just give me a whole belly still in the cryovac.
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