Tuesday, March 13, 2012

A Flat Tire Investigative Report: Microwave Pork Rinds

So yesterday, while at the store buying some batteries for the Flat Tire Photographic Device(FTPD), I was standing in line waiting to pay when something caught my eyeballs.
You, the reader, know how they put the stuff near the checkout, the small stuff like gum and candy, trying to catch the weak minded and enticing them into one last impulse purchase.
Well my weak mind focused on something I had never seen before and in the interest of science and for the benefit of my readers I decided to fork over two bucks and check this newfangled thing out:

That's right snack food fans!
Microwave pork rinds!
First of all lemme just say that I'm not a big pork rind(PR) fan. I mean I don't get PR cravings and go scouring the earth looking for a bag of these crunchy yet mysterious uh, thingys.
Okay, I did eat them from time to time while enjoying my favorite cold beverage, but now that I don't enjoy my favorite cold beverage, PRs have barely crossed my mind.
Still, while in line at the checkout, I was intrigued by the possibilities of having crispy hot PRs in seconds.
The PRs are just like pop corn(PC) and come in a microwavable bag:

Just like PC, you unfold the bag only with PRs you shake the bag, vigorously it says, to distribute the rinds evenly.
Make sure to place the bag the correct side up in the microwave.
The instructions also say not to use the auto PC feature when cooking, but to just crank that puppy on high for one to two minutes while carefully observing the bag and the rate of expansion.
See the PRs don't pop or make any sounds, the bag just sort of inflates, like magic, and you must turn off the power once the bag stops well, inflating.
Be careful, it's hot!

Okay, not really.
I mean it's hot, but not PC like steaming hot where you can burn the skin off yer fingers if you just go tearing into the bag.
Be prudent upon opening.
So I dumped the contents into a bowl so you can see what they look like and lo and behold! they were still a crackling!

Needless to say, I was impressed!
Okay, they weren't exactly hot, but they were crackling and crispy, as promised!
So what do they taste like?
Well, I have to say that I've been disappointed in some microwave PC as sometimes they tend to be a bit soggy.
Maybe it's all that buttery goodness, but in the case of these PRs, I think it's a home run!
Light, crispy, not oily to the touch.
Just like from the bag in the store!
The Flat Tire Microwave(FTM) is 1300 watts and I was afraid I would get some blackened PR, but no, 95% of the bag was perfect!
Actually even the ones that looked over cooked were quite enjoyable.
I can't wait to try the Hot and Spicy variety!
In fact, I'm taking my weak mind right on down to the store and buying more of this stuff!
You know, for the sake of science and all.
Okay, there you go!
Microwave Pork Rinds, Flat Tire approved!


Steve A said...

Pork rinds are superior for diabetics...

rlove2bike said...

I haven't seen them yet, but seeing how they are Flat Tire approved, I will give them a go. That is a long way from the way my Grandmother used to make them.

limom said...

I must say, they were magically delicious.

Richard said...

I tried another brand - "Chef Piggy Tail's Microwave Pork Rinds" that lets you cook up the amount of pork rinds you want to eat and come in plain and some kickin' flavors like chipotle and smokey bbq. Flat Tire ought to try them.

limom said...

Hello Richard and thanks for stopping by.
I will seek out and try them!
The pork rinds I mean.