How to Make Head Cheese / Brawn / Salceson Part 1

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Photo/video in this guide are graphic. These animals were raised and slaughtered humanely. We honor them by using their entirety and pay respect to their treasures with nourishing cultural traditions.

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Go to eatwild.com or localharvest.org to locate your nearest farmer that uses humane husbandry practices and soil-enriching rotational grazing. Obtain all of your meat this way.

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This is a recipe from my friend Tolek, a traditional Polish chef, for head cheese with tongue. We used two heads to make a larger quantity but you can easily make this with one.

This is a recipe from my friend Tolek, a traditional Polish chef, for head cheese with tongue. We used two heads to make a larger quantity but you can easily make this with one.

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Here's a photo I took of dinner with some salceson we made in the past. The salceson is on the left on the bottom plate. It tastes like pork chops but richer, more flavorful and even healthier.

Here's a photo I took of dinner with some salceson we made in the past. The salceson is on the left on the bottom plate. It tastes like pork chops but richer, more flavorful and even healthier.

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Sharpen your axe or saw.

Sharpen your axe or saw.

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Remove the eyes first and any hair that you may find.

Remove the eyes first and any hair that you may find.

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Set these aside for another dish (see part 2).

Set these aside for another dish (see part 2).

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First cut along the mouth.

First cut along the mouth.

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Alternatively you can cut across the snout.

Alternatively you can cut across the snout.

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Here's a video of how to chop the skull using an axe. Remove but do not discard the ears.

Here's a video of how to chop the skull using an axe. Remove but do not discard the ears.

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Cut your half in half and that in half again. If your head included jowls then chop those into similar sized chunks. The goal is to fit them nicely into the stock pot.

Cut your half in half and that in half again. If your head included jowls then chop those into similar sized chunks. The goal is to fit them nicely into the stock pot.

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Be sure to set aside the brains to add to the salceson later or for another dish as these may easily wash away in the washing step and should be preserved for flavor and nutrition.

Be sure to set aside the brains to add to the salceson later or for another dish as these may easily wash away in the washing step and should be preserved for flavor and nutrition.

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Wash all the parts well, running water through the sinus cavity. Some very fine bone particles will come off, discard those.

Wash all the parts well, running water through the sinus cavity. Some very fine bone particles will come off, discard those.

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After the brain and tongue, the pallet (pictured) is among the most flavorful of the meats in the head.

After the brain and tongue, the pallet (pictured) is among the most flavorful of the meats in the head.

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You may remove the teeth, but we leave them in.

You may remove the teeth, but we leave them in.

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These are the tongues and will make up the savoriest part of the salceson in the middle.

These are the tongues and will make up the savoriest part of the salceson in the middle.

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Half of the bulb of garlic is for part 1: peel and half each clove and add to the water. Save the other half for part 2.

Half of the bulb of garlic is for part 1: peel and half each clove and add to the water. Save the other half for part 2.

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Cover meat with filtered water, add spices (3T salt, 1.5T ground black pepper, 5 pods whole allspice, 4 bay leaves).

Cover meat with filtered water, add spices (3T salt, 1.5T ground black pepper, 5 pods whole allspice, 4 bay leaves).

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Bring everything to a boil and reduce to a simmer for 2-4 hours covered or until the meat separates from the bone. Some of the water will evaporate. This is fine. Meanwhile...

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Thoroughly wash out your stomach or large intestine (the latter is pictured here).

Thoroughly wash out your stomach or large intestine (the latter is pictured here).

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Inside it out and wash it again.

Inside it out and wash it again.

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Soak in water overnight in the fridge. This will be the casing for the meat.

Soak in water overnight in the fridge. This will be the casing for the meat.

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When your meat is tender and easily separates from the bone, let cool. Place in the fridge (keep in the pot) overnight to let the fat separate and make everything easier to work with.

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You can do both parts in one day if you have time. We only had 3 hrs per day so we split it up. The refrigeration step isn't necessary. It's ideal to fill the casings while the meat is freshest.

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See Part 2: snp.gd/ta6ql6

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