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RARE OCCASION 2.0, Pork Chops, Bacon, Osso Buco & Ground from Tamworth and Old Spot
RARE OCCASION 2.0,
Pork Chops, Bacon, Osso Buco & Ground
from Tamworth and Old Spot
Rare Occasion 2.0
11lb total from a selection of pork chops, bacon, osso buco and ground pork
Supplies are limited
each gift box includes:
Two 14oz chops, Tamworth
Two 14oz chops, Old Spot
Two 1lb packs bacon, Tamworth
Two 1lb packs bacon, Old Spot
Four 8oz Osso Buco, Tamworth
Two 1lb packs Ground pork, Old Spot
Even though these two English breeds were developed only a few hundred miles from one another, their tastes couldn’t be more different. Long, lean, and athletic, the Tamworth is probably the most direct descendant of the wild pig stock of Northern Europe while the Old Spot was developed in lush orchards of English nobility. Both are exquisite, the Tamworth boasting clean, earthy flavors with notes of fruit and minerality, and the Old Spot sweet, buttery flavor with notes of marshmallow in the fat. This is a perfect package to experience side-by-side the remarkable differences in taste and texture in pork and to celebrate biodiversity in agriculture — both breeds are considered rare, the kind we have to eat to save.
ABOUT THE BREEDS
Gloucestershire Old Spot
, nicknamed “orchard pig”, is a white pig with big black spots that was developed on fruit orchards, where they gorged themselves on fallen fruit and other treats. Their backyard grazing lifestyles led to the development of their oversized floppy ears, which protect their eyes during foraging and enhance their sense of smell. While this makes the Old Spot excellent foragers the negative impact on their peripheral vision causes the breed to be especially dependent on humans for protection from predators.
Old Spots became rare after World War II, when the shift to intensive pig production reduced interest in outdoor pigs. The breed almost became extinct in the 1960s but is experiencing a renaissance. Their lazy and gluttonous lifestyle yields pork that is fatty, delicious and succulent.
Traditionally known as the best "bacon hog”,
are a thrifty, hardy breed generally larger in size with lean athletic builds. The Tamworth has a ginger-reddish coat, muscular top and rounded back. They are known for being a great "dual purpose" pig, producing both stunningly good pork and exceptional bacon. The pig's long angular snout makes it an excellent forager, prized by chefs for its incredible tenderness and clean, porky flavor.
The Tamworth is one of the most unusual heritage breeds. Thought to have descended from wild boars via native pig stock of Europe, Tamworths still maintain many "unimproved" traits. When crossed with wild hogs, Tams are known to sometimes produce striped "Iron Age" piglets, similar to those kept in early domestication. The Royal Agricultural Society recognized the Tamworth in 1885.
All our pork is from pasture raised, hormone and antibiotic free animals. The pigs are raised with care using traditional methods guaranteed to produce the very best tasting meat and are processed at a Certified Humane facility.
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