Monday, June 24, 2013

Buying meat in Pearl Lagoon - Part 2

Do you like to eat pork? We do - it was always on the table at least once a week when we lived in Halifax. But to be honest with you, we haven't bought it since we left Canada. I guess I've been worried about how fresh it is and whether or not it was safe to eat. You can imagine how thrilled I was to discover that right down the street from us we can buy freshly butchered pork every Thursday. I'm shocked to think that we have been living here for 4 months and we are only just finding this out!

So Ron, the owner of a small pulperia, brings a pig in from the farm every week and butchers it early on Thursday morning. By the time I showed up at the shop (7:30 a.m.) all the messy part of butchering was done with and Ron was busy cutting up different cuts of meat. I was able to get 2 lbs of the freshest pork I've ever had. I opted for some of the loin (or steak as they call it) which they sell for only 40 cordobas  ($1.70 CDN) a pound. All of the rest of the meat is sold for 35 cordobas ($1.49 CDN) a pound.

If you get there early enough you can have your choice of cut - roast, ribs, loin etc. Once Ron is finished butchering the meat he makes Chicharrón from the skin - a favorite Nicaraguan treat. The skin is chopped and deep fried and then sprinkled with salt. It is sold for 80 cordobas ($3.40 CDN) a pound.

Where can you find Ron's shop? From the basketball court 1 block north (across from the Seventh Day Adventist Church). Be sure to get there early because they sell out fast!

Ron butchering the fresh pork

Fresh pork - what cut do you want?

Weighing the fresh pork
Ron's shop where you can buy pork on Thursday's