A friend of mine knows a butcher and, due to him knowing that I like to try stranger types of meats and offal etc, I have a surprise whole pigs head on its way to me for free next week.
So I'm wondering what I can do with its component parts? I've never prepared brain, ears or cheeks myself before and I have no idea how to extract them from the head properly (although I'm sure I'll find videos closer to the time) so does anyone have any tips for that?
Is eating pigs brains still a done thing, or are there risks involved these days?
Aside from that, which other bits of the head can I use and does anyone have any nice recipes for any of it? I'm thinking of breading and frying the brains cuban style, or using them in some kind of south east asian noodle and broth dish. Not sure what to do with the cheeks yet. Are the eyes edible?
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