Factors to consider before buying Lechon baboy!
WHAT TO KNOW BEFORE YOU BUY LECHON
A Filipino feast is never complete without a Lechon. It has been the perfect centerpiece for any Filipino feast and festivity since time immemorial. Hence, choosing the best Lechon baboy for your event and party is definitely a must in your list.
Ordering and having an awesome Lechon baboy for your celebrations can sometimes be a hit or miss. As such, we’ve compiled here a short list of factors to consider before buying your Lechon for your next festivity!
This undoubtedly is the most important factor when buying Lechon. I mean, who wouldn’t love to sink their teeth into the scrumptious and succulent meat of the Lechon; while they concurrently crunch on its crispy skin?
If you don’t have any idea on the taste of the Lechon you’re about to order, it’s best to do a background check on your prospect.
You should check out recommendations, reviews by bloggers or the testimonies by the previous customers of the Lechon provider you’re eyeing for.
SIZE AND ROASTING
The COOKED WEIGHT of the pig is usually 50% or less of its LIVE WEIGHT. This is the result of the removal of its organs after being slaughtered and the water weight lost during the roasting process.
For example, a 20kg live pig will have a cooked weight of around 10kgs or less, once roasted on top of a bed of charcoals for 2 – 3 hours.
Also, it is important that the skewers used in roasting the pigs should only be STAINLESS STEEL TUBES or BAMBOO POLES.
This is very important because using galvanized steel tubes for roasting can lead to its chemical coating leaking into the Lechon being roasted.
MEAT AND SKIN
The size of the Lechon baboy you’re planning to order plays a big factor in determining the tenderness of the meat and of the crunchiness of the skin.
As a pig gets older, its meat becomes tougher and its skin becomes thicker. As such, younger pigs have more tender meat compared to bigger pigs. However, as for the skin’s crunchiness factor, bigger and older pigs have crunchier skin and its crispiness lasts longer because its skin is thicker.
Thus, it is advisable that when ordering Lechon, pigs anywhere between 17 – 23 kgs is the advisable weight range – as their meat is at its best and the skin is neither too thin nor too thick to crunch on.
There are two types of pigs that are usually roasted in the Philippines – Native and Commercial / Farm Pigs.
Basically, native pigs have more tender meat, and have thicker skins because of 2 major factors — their biological make-up and diet.
Therefore, it follows that ordering from a Lechon provider that roasts native pigs is the wiser choice.
Its meat is more tender and its skin’s crispiness lasts longer!
DELIVERY AND SERVICE
Great quality Lechon paired with an awesome customer service is definitely a yes! This helps you to easily tick out your Lechon needs and let’s you enjoy your event stress free!
As such, determine if your Lechon provider can have your Lechon order delivered to your delivery address. In this way, you won’t have to go through the trouble of transporting your Lechon.
More importantly, you have to take note that when in transit there are certain precautions you have to do, in order to retain the crispiness and integrity of the Lechon’s skin – such as the proper packing, storage, and chopping of the Lechon.
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- Do a background check on your Lechon provider before buying..
- Cooked weight is 50% or less of its live weight.
- Your Lechon provider should only use stainless steel tubes or bamboo poles in roasting their Lechons for adequate health and safety reasons.
- The size of the pig plays an important role in the tenderness of its meat and the crunchiness of its skin.
- When ordering Lechon, opt to get a Lechon provider that only roasts native pigs. There is a difference in terms of meat and skin quality!
- In order to fully enjoy your Lechon and retain the crispiness of its skin, there are certain precautions you have to do while in transit, when storing, and when chopping your Lechon baboy.
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