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    When you slow braise these Berkshire pork hind shanks, you can tuck in and enjoy the primal pleasure of eating tender meat off the bone. You’ll soon know why this heritage-breed pork is beloved by chefs worldwide.

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    Chefs worldwide have boosted the profile of this heritage breed, with good reason. Berkshire pork has long been recognized for its superior flavor, dark meat and ample marbling.

    It’s said that meat cooked on the bone tastes best. We won’t debate that when it comes to these hind shanks, a cut from below the knee of a hog which is not often utilized by the home cook.

    This is a tough cut that needs to be braised slowly on low heat, to soften the texture and reveal the intense flavor. The happy side effect is a rich, gelatinous sauce that renders out of the skin, fat and connective tissue.

    Just the facts

    • Exceptionally tender, well-marbled style of pork
    • Berkshire-breed pigs raised on pasture
    • No antibiotics or hormones* from birth
    • No animal by-products in grain diet
    • 4 shanks per pack
    • Ships in an uncooked state
    • Product of USA
    • Use within 3-5 days of receipt

    *USDA regulations prohibit the use of hormones in pork

    Our mission is to find farmers that share our vision of a more humane and sustainable way of rearing livestock. We respect our place in the food chain, and see farmers as true stewards of the land and environment. This is why we build real relationships with our farmers, and work only with those who respect nature and focus on the best animal welfare practices.

    Our Berkshire hogs are happy hogs, raised by a cooperative of small farms in Missouri at the foot of the Ozark Mountains. This group of about a dozen family farms raises Berkshire and cross breeds, which we refer to simply as “heritage.” The hogs are fed on pasture, with access to water and supplemental grain consisting of corn, soybeans and rolled oats. No pesticides, animal by-products or fishmeal are allowed. The majority of the farms are sustainable “circle farms” that raise and grind their own feed for the pigs.

    Families of pigs are left together, to forage and frolic outdoors in pasture land. The indoor spaces offer at least 15 square feet of space per animal, and sows are never put in gestation crates.

    The cooperative is strict about banning the use of antibiotics and hormones* on each farm and limiting the number of hogs the farms raise. They seek to add another farmer to the cooperative before they add more pigs to any one farm, making the process more humane for all concerned.They are paid a premium for their humanely-raised pork, making the small family farm a profitable business, and proving that there might be a future in the old breeds after all.

    *USDA regulations prohibit the use of hormones in pork.

    Our berkshire pork

    Sometimes the old ways are the best ways. Our Berkshire hogs are raised humanely, on family farms dedicated to traditional methods. That’s why this heritage-breed pork is meltingly tender, spectacular in flavor and nothing like the pale, commodity pork so common on today's market.

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