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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Fried Pork Skins - Bennett Farms ~~ Heflin, Alabama

We took the 5 grandchildren to Bennett Farms yesterday. What fun the little ones had! Please follow the link to learn all about this wonderful family farm and all the great activities they offer. If you're in the area and in search of a "pumpkin patch" I highly recommend a beautiful Fall drive to Bennett Farms.

From their website:
Bennett Farms is a fourth generation farm and we want to share the fun with you and your family. Bennett Farms is only open the month of October.

Children have a big time in our hay bale maze made of round bales of hay. Don't miss the pipe swing, decorate a scarecrow or tire crawl. A favorite is the corn crib full of dry whole kernel corn. We also have a 36 inch double pipe slide that is 20 feet long! Enjoy the beautiful landscape on our hayride and make sure to visit the farm animals.

Our working syrup mill transforms our farm grown cane into delicious sorghum syrup sold in the country store.

A stop by the cook house is a must! Everything is prepared over an open fire in wash pots and a wood burning stove. Enjoy tea cakes, pork skins and apple pies just to name a few. We also have hot dogs, hamburgers, corn dogs and more available from our kitchen. So grab a bite to eat, sit back and relax in one of our picnic table areas.

Visit our Country Store to browse items by local vendors like handmade soaps, tasty treats, iron works and honey just to name a few.

Now on to the pork skins!

They are cooked in cast iron pots over an open fire.

The process begins with little squares of dried pork rinds.

To fry the pork rinds, liquid shortening is used. It's heated to a temperature of 400 degrees. And in they go.

And within seconds they begin to puff up and cook!

A quick stir in the pot and the cooking continues.

And within 30 seconds they're ready to eat!

And now they're spread out to drain and then are bagged for sale.

Thank you Bennett Farms for a wonderful day and for taking the time to let me photograph the process!

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