Oberto Sausage Co. [USA]
Required to Prepare: Microwave
210 calories per package
(Available online through Amazon.com)
Due to the new work situation, I have had a bit fewer opportunities to enjoy (and thus review) ramen. Who knew company-paid lunches could be a bad thing, right? The reviews must go on, though, so today I will talk about low-carb snacks.
One thing I remember from my childhood is that my grandfather's favorite snack food was pork rinds. He would usually have a bag next to his recliner, and he would share with the grandkids when we came to visit. Maybe because of that memory, they are also a favorite snack food of mine, although I don't know if I've ever found a brand that tastes as good as what I remember him having. So when I heard about these microwave pork rinds, made locally here in the Pacific Northwest by Oberto in Kent, WA, I knew I had to give them a try!
Preparation is both simple to anyone who's made microwave popcorn, and also slightly different. The package cautions us to shake up the unpuffed pork rinds after unfolding the bag (to spread them out), and also has dire warnings about how it doesn't make popping noises like popcorn does and to watch the microwave like a hawk while cooking. All I know is, with my older microwave, I can cook a bag for 2:10 and it turns out perfect every time without worrying about burning anything up. (Your wattage may vary, naturally). The bag inflates fully, like popcorn, but then deflates once cooking is done and the steam re-condenses--one package produces the amount pictured in the bowl.
The flavor is salty and sort of bacon-y, a lot like you would expect if you know what pork rinds taste like. However, these will be the freshest pork rinds you've ever had; they are still snapping and crackling while you start to eat them, and I must say, fresh, hot pork rinds are a more memorable experience than cold ones out of a bag. If you dislike the flavor of regular pork rinds, I doubt you'd like these either. But if you do like them, I heartily recommend these, and I imagine you will have trouble going back to "pre-puffed" after tasting them. ^_^