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Torresmos prensados

Postby Swing Swang » Fri Jul 24, 2015 9:12 pm

In Portugal pork skin is chopped, rendered and pressed to make a solid block of scrummy skin and meaty bits called torresmos (actually there are a variety of types of torresmos, the type I am describing are sometimes known as torresmos prensados to differentiate them fro the loose and crunchy ones that are similar to pork scratchings). The final block of torresmos is anything from 'hard' to 'rock hard' and thin slices are shaved off the block with a knife and eaten with bread, or just on their own as you would salami.

Anyway I came across this video that shows how they are done - it's in Brazillian Portuguese, but the pictures will probably show you all you need to know.

The fat is likely to contaminate a wooden cider press, but a stainless press for heather honey would work quite well...

http://www.obagastronomia.com.br/torres ... a-da-roca/
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Re: Torresmos prensados

Postby wheels » Sat Jul 25, 2015 12:26 am

Wow, that's a very different thing to pork scratchings.

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Re: Torresmos prensados

Postby Swing Swang » Sat Jul 25, 2015 6:11 am

wheels wrote:Wow, that's a very different thing to pork scratchings.

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Indeed - readily available at modest cost, vacuum packed, in a variety of weights form any Portuguese supermarket and from most butchers too. You could probably get it from specialist Portuguese delicatessens in the UK, but expect to pay much more. Freezes very well too with no noticeable change to taste or texture.
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Re: Torresmos prensados

Postby divani » Wed Jul 29, 2015 3:17 pm

It is also made in Italy, where it is called ciccioli.
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Re: Torresmos prensados

Postby Swing Swang » Thu Jul 30, 2015 5:22 am

Thanks for that Divani
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Re: Torresmos prensados

Postby DanMcG » Thu Jul 30, 2015 7:37 am

Thanks for sharing the video, here's the Italian version
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9WK8mkA7_mM
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Re: Torresmos prensados

Postby divani » Thu Jul 30, 2015 6:54 pm

That is a great video, DanMcG!

Those, however, are not the pressed ones, which are basically the same, only pressed for a longer time, and look like this:

https://maurito54.files.wordpress.com/2 ... .jpg?w=510
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