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Free-Range Wild Boar Foreshanks

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    Take a walk on the wild side of pork. Nothing says lord or lady of the manor quite like a platter of wild boar foreshanks.

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    We just like saying “shank.” And when you add wild boar, it has a certain ring. It reeks of class; of regal feasts on long tables in medieval halls. For some, wild boar shanks may conjure images of boisterous beer gardens and tall glasses of ale.

    However you imagine them, the flavor is exquisite. Wild boar is pork-like, but more intense, with darker color and tighter grain.

    When you braise meat on the bone, especially a cut like the shank with all its connective tissue, the result is a dish thick with gelatinous sauce, simply oozing with intense flavor. It takes time and heat to make that miracle of transformation occur which gives you a few hours to do something else as the house fills with wonderful aromas.

    Just the facts

    • Truly wild boar
    • Natural diet of grass, roots, nuts, fruits, acorns and grains
    • Humanely-trapped
    • No hormones, no antibiotics
    • USDA inspected
    • Sold in an uncooked state
    • Ships frozen, may thaw in transit
    • 2 pieces per pack
    • Product of USA
    • Use within 3-5 days of receipt

    D'Artagnan partners with experienced trappers in Texas to provide the best wild boar on the hoof. Our wild boar is actually wild, and is humanely cage trapped in Texas, and then brought to USDA-inspected plants where it is processed in the same way as farm-raised hogs.

    The omnivorous wild boar has a voracious appetite and will eat everything from greens, native roots and acorns to agricultural crops. As you might imagine, they are considered a nuisance by farmers and ranchers.

    Because of the growing numbers of wild boar, the law permits year-round hunting of these feral hogs. By using large cages that do not harm the boar, our trapping process allows this game meat to be marketed under the USDA law, which forbids hunted game to be sold.

    This means that we can enjoy the primal taste of wild boar without having to do any of the hard work. It just doesn't get any wilder than this.

    The deeply flavored meat of this cut (from just below the knee joint to just above the hock) is very lean, high in gelatin and is best prepared using a slow, moist cooking method such as braising. This allows all the connective tissues and marrow to break down and create a thick sauce as it cooks. Be sure to have potatoes or bread to soak up all the delicious juices.

    Our Wild Boar

    We work with experienced boar hunters in Texas to bring top quality wild game meat to market. These truly wild boar are humanely trapped, then inspected and processed at USDA-inspected facilities. Wild boar meat offers a familiar yet utterly unique flavor, akin to what our ancestors must have experienced. More red than pink, with distinctive nutty and sweet notes, it tastes like intense pork.

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