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Head Cheese Recipe

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This recipe for Head Cheese, by , is from The Bolme Family Cookbook 2006, one of the cookbooks created at FamilyCookbookProject.com. We help families or individuals create heirloom cookbook treasures.

Contributor:  
Contributor:  
Bette and Orland
Added: Friday, April 28, 2006

Category:
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Ingredients:  
Ingredients:  
1 hog's head or pig's head
cheese cloth
salt & pepper to taste
thyme
sage

Directions:
Directions:
After thoroughly cleaning a hog's or pig's head, split it in two with a sharp knife, take out the eyes, take out the brains, cut off the ears and pour scalding water over them and the head and scrape them clean. Cut off any part of the nose which may be discolored so as not to be scraped clean; then rinse all in cold water and put it into a large kettle with hot (not boiling) water to cover it. Set the kettle (having covered it) over the fire. Let it boil gently, taking off the scum as it rises. When boiled so that the bones leave the meat readily, take it from the water with a skimmer into a large wooden bowl or tray. Take from it every particle of bone, chop the meat small and season to taste with salt and pepper, and if liked, a little chopped sage or thyme.


Spread a cloth in a colander or sieve. Set it in a deep dish and put the meat in. Then fold the cloth closely over it. Lay a weight on which may press equally the whole surface (a sufficiently large plate will serve). Let the weight be more or less heavy, according as you may wish the cheese to be fat or lean. A heavy weight by pressing out fat will of course leave the cheese lean. When cold, take the weight off. Take it from the colander or sieve, scrape off whatever fat may be found on the outside of the cloth, and keep the cheese in the cloth in a cool place, to be eaten sliced thin, with or without mustard and vinegar and catsup.


After the water is cold in which the head was boiled, take off the fat from it and whatever may have drained from the sieve or colander and cloth. Put it together in some clean water, give it one boil, then strain it through a cloth and set it to become cold. Then take off the cake of fat. It is fit for any use.

 

 

 

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