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Idle Thoughts
03-04-2009, 02:34 AM
Come on...confess. Get your secret liking of them out here.


Unless, of course, you really don't.


Do you or don't you like pickled pigs feet?

I just tried them for the first time last week. They are delicious. I just polished off another jar tonight.

ņaņi
03-04-2009, 02:58 AM
The best ones still have the nails in 'em.

Lynn Bodoni
03-04-2009, 03:01 AM
My father likes them, but not enough to buy a whole jar of them. He's never been able to convince any of us kids to even try them.

Mudshark
03-04-2009, 05:03 AM
I've seen them at the grocery store. Never seen anyone buy them. Neither has a cashier friend of mine.

Khadaji
03-04-2009, 08:12 AM
I've never had one - and I'm guessing I will go to my grave being able to make that statement. :)

stiffler
03-04-2009, 08:29 AM
I've never had one - and I'm guessing I will go to my grave being able to make that statement. :)

same here... No way jose

seodoa
03-04-2009, 08:36 AM
Never had them pickled, but I recall eating boiled, seasoned trotters at a friend's house. He was a huge fan of them. I thought they tasted more or less like boiled pork usually tastes, just shaped like feet. Good, but not worth the extra travel I'd have to do to get to a butcher that sells them.

I imagine the pickled ones would taste similar, only more pickly. In other words, probably tasty.

lieu
03-04-2009, 08:42 AM
I'd sooner eat the butthole.

Sorry, can't say I've tried one.

I really am curious though... given that they're an 'unusual' food choice, what compelled you to give them a go?

Madd Maxx
03-04-2009, 10:00 AM
I have eaten them a few times, but admittedly it has been a while. Maybe I'll pick up a jar this weekend. It's one thing I'd be guaranteed not to have to share with my family.

Winnipeg
03-04-2009, 10:27 AM
I'd sooner eat the butthole.




Its called a Hot Dog.

BMax
03-04-2009, 12:45 PM
I tried a jar when I was I Junior high school. I was always hungry and would have eaten just about anything out of curiosity at that age. It tasted like pickled pork, and there was lots of gelatine, collagen and bones. I didn't like it enough to ever buy a jar of them again.

My favorite pickled pigs feet story:

I served as a cook with the 6th Air cavalry out of Ft. Hood, Tx in the early 80's. We did a 3-week field exercise in Colorado. As we were getting ready to board the Chinook helicopters to fly back to Hood, an NCO opened a jar of pickled pigs feet. I'd already served breakfst that morning and he'd eaten that. Concerned for his gastric well-being, I voiced:

"Sarge, we're going to fly back in a few minutes. I don't think you want to eat that right now; it'll probably come back up".

"Max, I'm from Mississippi. I was raised on pig's feet. You just worry about yourself".

In a Chinook, the cockpit (front) end of the helicopter flies in a relatively straight line, while the rear end tends to get a lot more motion from turbulence. The crew chief seated this sergeant near the rear of the bird. We also made most of this flight with the back door open, so the rear of the bird got a lot of jet exhaust. After about a half hour Sgt. Pigsfeet was sweating and his complexion looked ashy. He was throwing those pigs feet and the good breakfast we'd cooked into a garbage bag for the next half-hour.

hellpaso
03-04-2009, 12:58 PM
Growing up in TN/MS--we always had a jar of pickled pigs feet in the fridge. I haven't had any in years, but it is sorta like what I have told my husband about food. As a child, I didn't know I had the right to refuse any food served to me. So today, nearly 50 years later, I eat pretty much all kinds of food. Now I'm craving pickled pigs feet. mmmmm.

Jake
03-04-2009, 01:05 PM
The best ones still have the nails in 'em.

:eek: :eek: :eek: E...

lieu
03-04-2009, 01:11 PM
Ah, BMax, I never tire of hearing stories about the pitter patter of little feet as they hit the floor.

Missy2U
03-04-2009, 01:53 PM
Ok, this is going to sound odd, but let's say, just for shits and giggles, that I was going to go into Dominick's and actually look for these things.

Where on earth would I look? What aisle?

Seriously - this is confounding me for some reason!

Idle Thoughts
03-04-2009, 03:31 PM
I'd sooner eat the butthole.

Sorry, can't say I've tried one.

I really am curious though... given that they're an 'unusual' food choice, what compelled you to give them a go?

I'll try anything once and they've always drawn some allure to me. Just a huge curiousity to what they taste like...so, on whim, I got a jar last week and tried it, totally prepared to throw the rest of the jar out if I didn't like it.

But it was actually good! Very good in fact! You know how corn.....on a cob... is corn on the cob (very obviously)? Well this is sort of like...bacon on a cob. Tasted pretty bacony...only with vinegar/pickled.
It was very surprisingly good. And believe me, I was always one who heard of it and thought "ew", but then again, I figured "well, may as well try it once".



It's the same with frogs legs and escargot. I haven't tried either of those yet, but I hope to someday.



Ok, this is going to sound odd, but let's say, just for shits and giggles, that I was going to go into Dominick's and actually look for these things.

Where on earth would I look? What aisle?

Seriously - this is confounding me for some reason!

In our store here, it's in the same aisle as the sardines (which I also love, surprised?) and anchovies and corned beef. That kind of stuff.

panache45
03-04-2009, 05:15 PM
I see them in the store all the time; not just the picked ones, but fresh ones in the meat department. They might be good with BBQ sauce. I've never had the least desire to try them, but maybe I will soon. (So far, the number of foods I don't like can be counted on one hand.)

vivalostwages
03-04-2009, 07:20 PM
My mom loves them. I see that the Vermont Country store has them in their catalog; I might order a couple jars for her. I don't know if I could bring myself to try them...

ralph124c
03-04-2009, 08:14 PM
When I was a kid, my uncle owned a tavern in Bostoon (Roxburt). He had big jars of them behind the bar-lots of men ate them-they were a popular snack.
I always found them disgustion-they looked like lab specimens preserved in formaldehyde. They seem to be mostly fat and gristle.
Don't ask me about pickled eggs!:eek:

Stuffy
03-04-2009, 09:26 PM
Its called a Hot Dog.

You misspelled Chitterlings or Chitins (in the vernacular).

Mudshark
03-05-2009, 03:32 AM
I'd sooner eat the butthole.



Some people are into that.


Anyway, I asked my grandmother today, and she said they are very good, and I actually have eaten them as a small child. I have no memory of this.

lieu
03-05-2009, 08:00 AM
Whenever I've seen them it was usually at a convenience store and there were probably twenty or so in a great big jar. I'm going to assume they also come in a much smaller size, "fewer to."

You mention corn on the cob, is that how they're eaten? No knife and fork to cut away the skin, you just dive right in?

TruCelt
03-05-2009, 01:19 PM
In my mother's home town of "Gay" Georgia, (yes, really) the general store/Post office/Antique shop had a huge jar of these on the counter. When I jokingly asked my great Uncle whether I should try one, he said:

"No those are only there to scare Yankee theives."

The next time I visited was about five years later, and I could have sworn that was the same blood vein waving in the liquid.

They just looked raw to me, are they cooked at all or just thrown into vinegar? That and Rocky Mountain Oysters are the only foods I've ever refused to try.

Yech! I'll take the boiled okra over that any day!

TruCelt
03-05-2009, 01:23 PM
http://moremeat.files.wordpress.com/2008/09/pickled-pig-feet.jpg?w=432&h=324

For the uninitiated . . .

Malthus
03-05-2009, 01:32 PM
The name alone is off-putting ... but the sight was enough to give me dry heaves. :eek:

They could taste like ambrosia of the gods as far as I know. The only way they are likely to pass my lips involve some wildly improbable scerarios: "tell us the plans, vile traitor, or we will make you eat ... THIS!"

shiftless
03-05-2009, 02:32 PM
Had them as a kid. My grandma made them and I remember them being pretty good but sort of a poor replacments for real ham. They were sort of grey/brown. The pigs feet in the stores that I have seen are always split, which makes them creepy looking, and they have some sort of dye that gives them that evil pink color. No thanks.

Same story with pickled eggs and pickled pigs lips. Why the pink food coloring?

Myrrajh
03-05-2009, 02:42 PM
My dad had them as a kid, so we had them once in a while when I was a kid. Not as bad as they sound, that's for sure. It's probably been 25 years since I've had them, though. Won't be eating them again, IBS tells me "no red meat!" Can't say I'm too upset about missing out on pig's feet, though.

Cisco
03-05-2009, 02:53 PM
When we were in our late teens, one of my best friends got to be a pretty bad alcoholic for a couple of years. Every day after work, he would walk over to the grocery store and get a couple bottles of Red Rose (this was $2 wine before 2 buck Chuck came into style) and a jar of pickled pigs feet. He'd go home - which was a ratty trailer he shared with an older co-worker of ours - and lie on his back on the couch, drinking the wine and eating the pigs feet. He'd always eat too much, so after he passed out he'd puke them up in his sleep, all over his chest. Wine and stomach acid and chewed pickled pigs feet, on a kid on a couch that looked like it should've been hauled off to the dump in the late '70s. This was routine.

Pretty much turned me off to 'em, but thanks for asking.

BrandonR
03-05-2009, 07:29 PM
http://moremeat.files.wordpress.com/2008/09/pickled-pig-feet.jpg?w=432&h=324

For the uninitiated . . .

And that's the second time I let out an audible "oh my god!" while viewing this very thread! That must be a record for me...

levdrakon
03-05-2009, 08:43 PM
My mother and older brother ate them. I assume they picked up that up when we lived in the south. I and my older sister wouldn't touch them.

The only southern thing I ever ate after I joined the Army was hominy grits. But it was in the Army I was introduced to the southern custom of pickling bizarre things and leaving them in a big jar on the counter.

The only thing like that I'd consider trying would be maybe a pickled egg, but I never got around to trying that either.

3acresandatruck
03-05-2009, 09:05 PM
It's been a long, long time since I had one, but pickled pig's feet were good. I liked pickled eggs, too. Pickled eggs aren't always pink, but some people pickle eggs in leftover pickled beet juice - waste not, want not - and that yields pink pickled eggs. Pink or not, feet and eggs...we'd scarf'em down at this bar in south St. Louis. On the subject of feet, chicken feet are tasty, too. But one thing from pigs that I don't like is head cheese. It was one of the cheap things Mom would feed us and I never did care for it.

lieu
03-06-2009, 10:29 AM
The only thing like that I'd consider trying would be maybe a pickled egg, but I never got around to trying that either.They had those on the counter at The Birdhouse in Girdwood, AK. Called 'em boneless chicken dinners.

Johnny L.A.
03-06-2009, 10:44 AM
IWe also made most of this flight with the back door open... He was throwing those pigs feet and the good breakfast we'd cooked into a garbage bag for the next half-hour.

You should have hooked a tether onto him and let him hurl outside. :D (Of course, helicopters can be a bit breezy, so maybe not. ;) )

I've never tried pig's feet, but I remember 'Floyd On Food' liked to use 'pig's trotters' in some of his recipes. Not long ago I tried gefilte fish (http://boards.academicpursuits.us/sdmb/showthread.php?t=502319) for the first time. They look just as disgusting as pig's feet, but they weren't bad. I have to go to the store anyway to get some chicken, so I may as well look for a jar of feet too.

Malthus
03-06-2009, 12:04 PM
You should have hooked a tether onto him and let him hurl outside. :D (Of course, helicopters can be a bit breezy, so maybe not. ;) )

I've never tried pig's feet, but I remember 'Floyd On Food' liked to use 'pig's trotters' in some of his recipes. Not long ago I tried gefilte fish (http://boards.academicpursuits.us/sdmb/showthread.php?t=502319) for the first time. They look just as disgusting as pig's feet, but they weren't bad. I have to go to the store anyway to get some chicken, so I may as well look for a jar of feet too.

Naw, gefilte fish aren't nearly as gross to look at as pickled pig's feet. They just look like grey meatballs.

With pig's feet, they definitely look like, well, chopped off body parts. :eek:

BrainGlutton
03-06-2009, 12:07 PM
Is all of a pickled pig's foot edible?

Johnny L.A.
03-06-2009, 12:15 PM
Naw, gefilte fish aren't nearly as gross to look at as pickled pig's feet. They just look like grey meatballs.
Hairy-looking grey meatballs.

With pig's feet, they definitely look like, well, chopped off body parts. :eek:

I cook with ham hocks a couple of times a year, so I'm used to seeing cartilaginous joints. ;)

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