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I need to shave ... or, why I'm making braised pig's feet

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I need to shave ... or, why I'm making braised pig's feet

ipsedixit | Feb 6, 2011 05:37 PM

Pig trotter lovers out there ... how do you get rid of those pesky little hairs on the pig's feet?

When I was small, my mom used to braised pig's feet and just leave the hair on them. While they were delicious (braised nice and slow with lots of soy sauce, ginger, star anise, rock sugar, etc.), I would oftentimes bite into that unctuous thick skin and get that tickling sensation of pig hair on the back of my throat.

Sort of destroyed the mood.

Now, when I prepare pig's feet myself, I make sure to remove the hair.

But how?

I used to do what most folks seem to do, burn the suckers with an open flame. Well, ever since I switched to electric (and sometime convection) stovetop that really wasn't possible, and I didn't always have a crème brulée torch handy.

So, what do I do?

I started to shave them. Yes, shave them.

Oil the skin, and then take one of those disposable shavers and scrape away. Comes off like a charm.

Works beautifully.

But I wonder, is there a better technique out there?

Do tell.

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