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Sow bladder | for sausages and charcuterie

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A sow’s bladder is much larger than a normal pig’s bladder because sows are raised to reproduce and thus live a lot longer and become much larger and heavier, up to 250-300 kg. This product is temporarily hard to come by, please choose the similarly sized beef bladder!

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This sow bladder is temporarily hard to come by, please choose the similarly sized beef bladder!

What is a sow bladder?

A pig’s bladder is, perhaps unsurprisingly, a cleaned and dried pig’s bladder. A sow’s bladder is much larger than a normal pig’s bladder because sows are raised to reproduce and thus live a lot longer and become much larger and heavier, up to 250-300 kg (compared to around 120 kgs for a regular pig). Consequentially, their bladders are much larger too.

What do you use a sow bladder for

A pig bladder is a classic ingredient that is not often used anymore. You can fill it with minced meat to make sausage or use it for the ‘en vessie’ technique: cooking a flavored product in the bladder. This is often a chicken. This technique is best known from Paul Bocuse (†2018) and Anthony Bourdain (†2018). You can easily fit a chicken in this sow’s bladder.

From the Dutch book ‘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. “

Content

  • one dried sow bladder
  • Size: around 2 liters

Instructions

  1. Soak the sow bladder in water overnight in the refrigerator
  2. If necessary, make the opening wider with a knife
  3. Repeatedly fill the bladder with lukewarm water to stretch it further and further
  4. Fill it with whatever you want

For the advanced chef: we also have the beef bladder!

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3 reviews for Sow bladder | for sausages and charcuterie

  1. johnnie frankel (verified owner)

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