The product you will receive will be from either El Paso Ranch, Nakano Farm, or Curly Flats Ranch. All belly slices are the same weight and of the same high quality. All pigs were pasture-raised in Hokkaido all year long, and Horizon Farms is proud to be able to offer this product after talking directly with the farms. Please note that it's not possible to choose the farm. Please refer to the bottom of this page for more information about the farms.
This is the whole pork belly, skinless and boneless. The pork belly is a very fatty cut of meat and can be found in many Southeast Asian cuisines. In the west, especially in the United Kingdom, the pork belly is either used as a roast or processed into bacon. In Japan, the pork belly is either thinly sliced for various dishes or used for an Okinawan dish called Rafute.
100% real free-range and naturally raised pork from Hokkaido, Japan, probably the only place in Japan that has space for free-roaming animals. And when we say free range we mean the real deal free-range. Spring, summer, autumn and winter - 24 hours, all year free-roaming. The images below are actual photos of the farms.
Free-range pork, in this case, pastured pork tastes different because it is different! The pigs are able to exercise freely and build natural muscles without the aid of growth promoters. They get to wander and forage with the herd and interact and do not suffer the same stress as intensively farmed pigs. Give it a try and taste the difference! Raising pigs free-range on open pastures is an extremely cost-intensive operation that makes free-range pork more expensive compared to conventional pork products.
|Serves||Serves 4-6, depending on the recipe|
Shipping & Handling
|Shipping||Shipping and delivery is frozen|
|Handling||Keep frozen below -18°C (0°F)|
|Defrosting Time||In the fridge: approx. 48h
In ice-water: approx. 3h
|Cooking Method||Slow Cooking, Braising|
|Expiration||Frozen: see packaging label (usually more than 3 months)
Chilled: Please consume unopened pack within 2 days.
|Also known as||Pork belly, Uncured Bacon
|Country of Origin||Hokkaido, Japan|
|Cut from||Pork belly|
✔ Raised free-range all-year-round in the beautiful and clean nature of Hokkaido. They grow up healthy and happy, basking in the sun and running around freely.
✔ No growth hormones, no subtherapeutic use of antibiotics - ever!
✔ Fed a large variety of clean, carefully selected, high-quality feed.
✔ No gestation crates for sows. No teeth clipping or tail docking of piglets.
✔ No factory farming! Humanely raised and treated with respect. The pigs live a much longer and happier life than other general farms.
✔ 100% traceability from farm to fork.
|Breeding||All year 100% free-range pasture-raised|
|Farm / Ranch||El Paso Ranch (Tokachi, Hokkaido)
Nakano Farm (Tokachi, Hokkaido)
Curly Flats Ranch (Hidaka, Hokkaido)
|Feeding||A large variety of grains, protein sources, and vegetables such as wheat, corn, soybeans, potatoes, acorns, grass roots, walnuts, bamboo grass, and yams.|
|Traceability||100% fully traceable from farm to fork|
|Subtherapeutic Antibiotics Use||Never|
|Livestock By-Product Use in Feed||Never|
Very juicy and tasty pork belly, braised slow and long, resulting in tender and flavourful chashu! Will repeat for sure.
I use pork belly a lot in my cooking, and by far, this one has the cleanest smell. There is that distinctive animal fat smell that comes out of store-bought pork belly, especially when the recipe dictates a long cooking time, but this product right here, two thumbs up. Already on my second order.
The best pork belly we’ve ever had. I order often!
Translated from Japanese: This is already my third time buying this.
I could only buy one this time because it was sold out, but I want to buy it again as soon as it comes back!
Translated from Japanese: I usually buy meat here. You can eat with confidence and it’s delicious!