To Roast Pork

Preparation info

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Appears in

Modern Cookery for Private Families

By Eliza Acton

Published 1845

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  • Leg of pork of 8 lbs., 3 hours
  • loin of from 5 to 6 lbs., with the skin on, 2 to 2¼ hours
  • spare rib of 6 to 7 lbs., 1½ hour.


When the skin is left on the joint which is to be roasted, it must be scored in narrow strips of equal width, before it is put to the fire, and laid at a considerable distance from it at first, that the meat may be heated through before the skin hardens or begins to brown; it must never stand still for an instant, and the basting should be constant. Pork is not at the present day much served at very good tables, particularly in this form; and it is so still less with the old savoury stuffing of sage and onions, though some eaters like it always with the leg: when it is ordered for this joint, therefore, prepare it as directed for a goose, and after having loosened the skin from the knuckle, insert as much as can well be secured in it. a little clarified butter or salad oil may be brushed over the skin quite at first, particularly should the meat not be very fat, but unless remarkably lean, it will speedily yield sufficient dripping to baste it with. Joints from which the fat has been pared, will require of course far less roasting than those on which the crackling is retained. Brown gravy, and apple or tomata sauce, are the usual accompaniments to all roasts of pork except a sucking pig: they should always be thoroughly cooked.