So I have been experimenting with charcuterie and I've been trying to procure some pork jowls/cheeks for the last few months to no avail. So I went the only place I knew that would sell every pork part known to man, my local "Great Wall" Chinese grocery store. Fortunately/unfortunately, they did not sell the jowl as a separate cut but literally the entire front of the face including the snout. It was so ridiculously cheap and grotesque I could not pass up on it.
First up, I am a little freaked out and I'm skeptical about how sanitary this piece of offal is. It didn't seem like many people buy this stuff and who knows how long it has been sitting around before they packed it. How do I prepare it or clean it? Do I need to do any presoak? I heard that parts especially from the face end of a pig can be especially dirty when it comes from sketchy sources because when they slaughter the pig, they hang them upside-down and all the nasty stuff flows down to the face.
Second, I am planning to make some guanciale with the jowls but what in the world do I do with the snout? Any have any good preparations?