Pig's bladderSKU: 78
What is a pig's bladder
A pig's bladder is, unsurprisingly, a cleaned and dried pig's bladder.
What do you use a pig's bladder for
A pig bladder is a classic ingredient that is not often used nowadays. You can fill it with minced meat to make a sausage or use it for the 'en vessie' technique: cooking a flavored product in the bladder. This is often a chicken or poussin. This technique is known from Paul Bocuse and Anthony Bourdin.
From the dutch 'Slaughter visit' by Gerhard Kwak
'The pig bladder was a common by-product of the house slaughter. For example, along the eastern border with Germany it was regularly used as a "barrel" to smuggle spirits with. Furthermore, you could make a beautiful natural lid by stretching the moist bladder over a Cologne pot, which was then closed nicely. Once dried it was the perfect lid. When this was not necessary, the bladder was inflated, buttoned and dried. Then the kids had a football to play with. The bladder was also filled with dried peas to form a kind of rattle. Children often used the bladder for the so-called "bladder steps". The bladder was then tied with a rope to a child's leg and the other children tried to break it. If it succeeded with a big bang, the child who had smashed the bladder was the champion. "
- one dried pork bladder
Note: a dried bladder stretches less than a fresh bladder. A full chicken will not fit in this bladder, rather go for a smaller poussin.
- soak the bladder in water overnight in the refrigerator
- if necessary, make the opening wider with a knife
- Repeatedly fill the bladder with lukewarm water to stretch it further and further