I bought some Boar's Head pancetta from the deli at Publix yesterday to make PLTs.
First question; the attendant offered me the first slice off the machine as a sample. I passed on it. While I doubt eating a piece of raw pancetta would equal instant death it just doesn't sound appetizing to me. He seemed shocked when I told it was just a different kind of bacon and was raw.
Safe to eat or not and should Publix be offering it to customers to try raw?
Second question, does pancetta normally have the plastic casing on it or should the attendant peel it off before slicing? It was a PITA to peel off after it was sliced. He never did really get it as thick as I wanted.