CDO Funtastyk Young Pork Tocino. Di gawa sa inahing baboy! Not made of mother swine or culled pig. Walang salitre – no saltpeter.
Tocino was my mom’s usual buy when we were studying in elementary to intermediate school. Most tocino by that time were home made, made by meat dealers or retailers who want to salvage their unsold and near deterioration commodities.
It can also be made of rejects or culled pig. Old pigs, male or female, not capable of giving profitable number of offspring are candidate for culling or removal from herd.
The common homemade tocino. Reddish, more fats and cartilages, chewable to tough meat, slightly sweet and yummy pork taste.
Funtastyk Young Pork Tocino. Reddish. Less fat and cartilages – I found none honestly. Juicy soft – young kids and elderly will have an easy time eating. Sweet – I find it too sweet, blame it on my tongue which like less sweet foods. Fair pork taste – based from my own experience, chicken taste better as it gets older. The same goes true for other animals.
The tocino ingredients are sliced pork, sugar, water, pineapple juice, iodized salt, phosphate, sodium benzoate, sodium bicarbonate, sodium erythorbate, sodium nitrite, natural food coloring and FD&C No.40.
A tocino is never a tocino without a member of curing salt family, either potassium nitrate, sodium nitrate and sodium nitrite. Any of the substance gives the characteristic red color and unique tocino taste.
The product may not contain any salitre if the term only refers to potassium nitrate. However, all three substances may form carcinogen nitrosamines. See Differences among salitre, saltpeter…