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How to Store Pork Crackling Overnight?

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November 15, 2022 3 min read

Much like pork rinds, pork cracklings are popular snacks made of pig skin. Everybody likes their crackling fresh and crispy. But, it takes some preserving to keep your crackling fresh overnight or over any stressed-out period. 

Maybe you've tried to preserve your crackling and failed. And now you consider storing your crackling overnight as a fool's errand. Well, we assure you it's not, as there are viable ways to preserve all the freshness, crispness, and crunchiness. We've done it and would love to show you the ropes.

How do you store cooked pork crackling overnight?   

Technically, there's more than one way to store/preserve your crackling over a prolonged period. You can choose to store it in a fridge or to store your crackling in a freezer for an even longer period. 

But, you'd need to keep the crackling in an airtight or a tight cling film which helps prevent damage and spoils from your crackling. But that wouldn't be all to preserve the taste, flavor, and homeliness of a crackling. Here's more:

How to Store Fresh Crackling?   

Packaging and storing must work hand in hand to preserve the taste, crispness, and freshness of your crackling. And it's an overall three-step process that would get you set for storing your crackling pork overnight or for up to 3 months. Here's a proven method you can use. 

STEP 1: SEPARATE AND DEGREASE THE CRACKLINGS WITH A PAPER TOWEL 

After frying, don't jump right into storing the pork crackling. First, allow the cracklings to cool to about room temperature. Separate each crackling into pieces and place them into a towel to absorb all the surface grease.

STEP2: PACKAGE THE CRACKLINGS IN AN AIRTIGHT CONTAINER   

After degreasing your crackling using a paper towel, place the cracklings in an airtight container. You can also settle for a food-storage bag that can be sealed and not permeable to air. It's best to avoid paper bags as they'd soil up in the fridge or freezer and ruin your pork crackling.

STEP 3: STORE THE CRACKLINGS IN THE REFRIGERATOR OR FREEZER

Depending on how long you want to store your crackling, you can keep it in a fridge or freezer. If it's just about 3-days storage you are looking for, then a fridge is appropriate but for a longer termed storage like three months, using a freezer is only more appropriate. When storing, use the bottom shelf, which is usually towards the rear end of the refrigerator —the coldest part of your fridge.

Why is it important to store cooked pork crackling correctly?   

Storing your crackling in a fridge might be a way to preserve your crackling pork snack. It's equally important to have properly cooked pork crackling. As that helps you ensure there's something to preserve. 

Cooked pork crackling, when correctly stored in a fridge, would help preserve the freshness and crispness of your pork crackling for as long as two days, which means more to lovers of pork crackling. It takes away the stress of having to prepare pork crackling every time you need to have some crackling.

When pork cracklings are correctly stored, there's less for you to worry about as the cracklings are left fresh and crispy and prevent the delicacy from going rancid. You can easily tell a pork crackling has gone rancid from its smell and off-chart sour taste. 

What can I do with leftover crackling?

Leftover pork cracklings are truly a delight when you know what to do with them. Otherwise, they might be a nuisance and a waste of resources. And, intriguingly, you can do more than just store leftover crackling. Here are some other things you can do with your crackling.

  • Use them as salad toppings.
  • Use them in soup or stew for finesse flavoring.
  • As a coating for fish or chicken before cooking
  • Crumble and spray them over your casseroles or roasted vegetables

Conclusion

Since it's not quite pleasing to cook pork crackling every time you crave them or toss them away when they are a leftover, you'd find our aids very thoughtful, and the guide would show you what to do whenever any of these situations arise.