Chances are you like crunchy savory pork rinds—I mean, you're here, right? Let me make it worth your while with these flavor-rich clouds of deliciousness so out of this world that they are named Galactic Hog Skins. Like all of the flavors in the Pre-Made Paleo porky lineup, these are made from heritage pigs with no added junk to mask the natural flavor. The cheesy aspect is nudged into being with a dose of spices and nutritional yeast (no dairy to be found here) to give each bite a wonderful hit of that beloved queso flavor we love from our decadent nacho-eating days. You'll find yourself noshing on Galactic until the cow jumps over the moon.
It does not matter that the smoked jalapeno we all know as chipotle started to be a trend many years ago. It is STILL a delicious and worthy addition to foods of all stripes from savory to sweet and snacky to soothing. Leave it to Pre-Made Paleo to come up with a chipotle flavor that doesn't just feature the spicy pepper but also adds in a wonderful flood of cheesy queso. What's even more amazing is there is no dairy present here, at all. Wat? How? Simple, using an old vegan "trick" of adding nutritional yeast to food for that sharp and unctuous flavor we associate with cheese. Smart, eh? And, don't forget the other benefits of this recipe: this is pastured heritage pork full of amazing flavor and nutrients all in one porky package.
Galactic Hog Skins are basically the best pork rinds you might ever eat. There's one small caveat, of course: if you've spent time in places that revere the pig skin arts like Mexico or the Philippines or anywhere you can get them fresh out of the fryer. But of course, in those cases you probably won't know where that meat is coming from—could be from a good source, but it could also be from the newly-infiltrated mega-mart in town.
Each snarf-worthy bag of hog skins from Pre-Made Paleo uses pork from U.S. Wellness Meats, who actually give a hoot about raising sustainable proteins on good land with ethical practices. That's awesome in so many ways, from the nutrition of the pork to the footprint on the land to the health of the animals. It's all good, and it winds up being a delicious treat for you and me and all of our snack loving friends.
Why Galactic Hog Skins are so good for you
Pork is a meat that has wide appeal here in the states, and everywhere in the world that's ever practiced the art of hog husbandry. The meat is mild, rarely tough, and bursting with flavorful fat, especially when you get close to the bacony parts like the belly. But pork has had a tough reputation, with less buzz-worthy nutrients as grass-fed beef, and a whole history of bad ethics and land stewardship when large corporations are the 'farmers'.
Enter in US Wellness Meats and their standards for meat, and suddenly we can have pork to feel good about again. Here's what they say about their pigs:
"What do they eat? Pigs are foragers, and most of our pigs are outdoors every day (weather permitting) to forage for bugs, sticks, roots, etc. Since pigs have a single stomach, unlike the four chambered stomach of cattle, we cannot raise a healthy animal on grass alone, so their diets are supplemented with corn and soy. As of January 2016, all our pork products are from pigs fed a non-GMO diet."
Raised in Missouri, the pigs are sourced from a small cooperative of like-minded farmers. They are now using the Global Animal Partnership (GAP) 5-Step rating system. There are five steps in the GAP program, and most of the producers are on the Step 3 and Step 4 levels (enhanced outdoor access and pasture centered). All new producers have to start out with Step 1, which means they cannot use crates, stalls or cages. Most producers actually do have their pigs outdoors, even though this first level does not require it.
How to consume Galactic Hog Skins
Open the package. Then:
In addition to offering their clients awesome snack foods and ingredients, Pre-Made Paleo is primarily a meal delivery service, with the stamp of approval from Whole 30! Here's their story:
"Chef Richard Bradford attended the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY. While studying, he launched his first catering company. After 7 successful years leading RSB Catering, he sold his company and formed RSB Foods, with a vision to change the way people eat. Led by Chef Richard Bradford, and Chef de Cuisine Amy Crites, RSB developed Pre-Made Paleo Meals. Our brand of gourmet prepared meals adhering to the Paleolithic (or Paleo) Lifestyle. Paleo in its modern application is a lifestyle where we eat only wholesome foods, free of chemically processed ingredients. Also we focus on using grass-fed and free-range antibiotic-free proteins. Paleo by it's principles removes grains, dairy, legumes, and processed sugars from the modern human diet. It is by nature a gluten-free lifestyle that promotes optimal health and performance."
Yes, they are!