Pork Rind questions / Head Scratcher ???

Discussion in 'Pork' started by oregon smoker, Nov 17, 2015.

  1. I Hope someone out here has this answer,,,,

    always when we make Chicharonnes we start with frsh skins, however in all my reading of past posts I found links to what they are referring to as "pellets" in 10lb-65lb boxes all cleaned and dried (as if right out of the dehydrator)

    Here is the Question:

    if you have 10lbs of the skin chips to start with for sake of argument (we know once in oil they puff up) once puffed up do you still have 10lbs of puffed rinds or is there weight lost in the frying????

    My thought is if the chips are already dry then once fried you should still have the same weight in the finished product. the excess moisture/weight has already been removed.

    Your Thoughts???


  2. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Weigh them after frying that's packaged weight. Same goes for chips,crackers, beef jerky, etc.
  3. I'm going to go with what I learned in Physics class. Matter can not be created or distroyed. If you put 1 pound chips in fryer, you will get 1 pound back.  Already dried, so no moisture to lose in steam. might get a very slight weight increase due to the tramp grease clinging to the rinds. Or slight weight loss due to crumbly bits that were not retrieved from fryer.

     I'm thinking you will need a very good scale to see the differance.

    Might be fun to watch. Imagine the rate of expansion. A cups worth might easily overflow most fryers before they are even done.
  4. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Mass and weight are not the same thing. It is possible to lose weight but not matter.
  5. Very true, but that conversation leads to a major hijack of this thread.
  6. Thank Guys for your thoughts on this,

    The last batch I had the skin weighed before fat removal, after boiling and fat removal and once out of the dehydrator then comes murphys rule..... while frying/seasoning them I turned my back. our boys showed up and around the corner they come with a bag in hand half or more gone with the comment "they are so good fresh Dad" soooooo could not weigh them . the volume difference is obvious. Even Roudolfs said they did not have that answer they work off volume (the commercial bags are 2oz. to 5 1/2 oz.) two different size bags were used for this and  same size bag can be as much as 2oz. difference printed on label.


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