Who would have thought that pig brains would stir up such a debate? While some find the idea of consuming this unique delicacy offensive, others are intrigued by its potential nutritional value. But hold on, let’s not confuse this with the infamous monkey brain dish featured in Indiana Jones. We’re talking about something a little closer to home – canned pig brains!
Rise of the Pig Brain Phenomenon
In a world where unconventional foods continue to pique our curiosity, the concept of pig brains with eggs has gained traction. But wait, it doesn’t stop there. There’s actually canned pig brains in milk gravy available on the market! It seems like Armor was quick to jump on the bandwagon, even providing a recipe for scrambled eggs and brains right on the can. Talk about innovative serving suggestions!
But why did Armor stop producing this unique canned delight? Maybe the health-conscious crowd played a role. Fortunately, Armor still offers a variety of other canned delights like potted meat, Vienna sausages, Treet (their Spam alternative), and corned beef from Brazil. Yes, that’s right, Brazilian corned beef – an unexpected twist!
The Last Brand Standing: Rose Pork Brains in Gravy
Now, if you’re itching to try this one-of-a-kind canned treat, rest assured, there is one last brand available for your adventurous taste buds. Rose Pork Brains with Milk Gravy is hailed as a “Southern delicacy.” Growing up in Mississippi, I never spotted a can of Rose Pork Brains on any grocery store shelves. Even when I helped stock the shelves at my uncle’s busy store, pork brains were nowhere to be found. Their serving suggestion? You guessed it – scrambled eggs and pork brains, adorned with a sprig of parsley for that extra touch.
But let’s not forget our old friend Kelly’s. Known for their chili, Kelly’s also ventured into the pork brain territory. Unfortunately, they closed their doors in 2003. Although Kelly’s may be out of the game, Vietti Foods, Inc. continues to distribute their chili. Pig brains, not so much. While I don’t have an image of their pork brain can, I assure you, it existed.
The Mystery Behind the Discontinued Canned Pork Brains
A reader from Denver, Karlos, unveiled a fascinating scoop that even my seasoned research skills missed. In 2008, Quality Pork Processors’ Austin Minnesota plant encountered a peculiar issue. Workers exposed to aerosolized pig brains suffered from weakness, fatigue, and other symptoms. It turns out that the plant used compressed air to liquify the hog brains, inadvertently causing the brains to enter the workers’ lungs and triggering an immune response. Hormel owns the Austin, MN plant, and while they may not have offered pig brains in a can, they likely supplied Armor. This incident could potentially shed light on Armor’s decision to discontinue their canned pig brains. Perhaps creating a new process solely for canned pig brains was economically unfeasible. It’s worth noting that the pig brains were likely used for other purposes as well.
Now, let me be clear, there is no evidence to suggest that ingesting pork brains poses any danger to humans. The illness experienced by the workers was a result of inhalation, not ingestion. If you’re curious about what happened next and the company’s response, I recommend checking out the link provided.
Scrambled Eggs and Pig Brains: The Ultimate Recipe
Since you’re undoubtedly eager to crack open a can of pig brains, you might be disappointed to learn that Rose doesn’t provide a scrambled eggs recipe on their packaging. But fret not! I’ve got you covered. In “Global Delicacies: Diversity, Exotic, Strange, Weird, Relativism” by Andrew Nyakupfuka, I stumbled upon a delightful recipe that will satisfy your curiosity:
- 2 1/2 tsp bacon grease (no substitutes allowed)
- 4 eggs
- 1/3 cup of whole milk (no skim milk here)
- 1/4 tsp ground pepper
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 can of Rose pork brains in milk gravy
- Beat the milk and eggs together in a bowl.
- Melt the bacon grease in a skillet over low heat. Add the pork brains and stir.
- Sprinkle in the salt and pepper. Increase the heat and pour in the egg mixture.
- Stir until the eggs are scrambled to perfection.
- Serve immediately with toast. If you want a truly Southern experience, add a side of grits!
Now, looking back, I realize I missed out on many truly Southern experiences, but I can safely say that my taste adventures extended far beyond canned pork brains.
Feel free to indulge in this unusual delicacy, and if you’re feeling especially daring, challenge your friends to join in. After all, life is too short, and there’s always room for a little culinary exploration!