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.
These are thin 3mm slices (1/8″) cut right from the whole skinless and boneless pork belly. You get 3 packs, each weighing 300g (0.6lbs) that's 900g (2lbs.) in total - this way you don't have to use them all at once. The pork belly is a very fatty cut of meat and can be found in many Southeast Asian cuisines. In the west, the pork belly is mainly processed into tasty bacon. A lot of Japanese stir fry dishes call for sliced pork belly, for example, Buta Shogayaki (pork belly with ginger and onions) or the famous yakisoba (stir fry noodles).
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.
|Weight||Each pack weighs 300g (0.6lbs) = Total of 900g (2lbs)|
|Serves||Serves 4-6, depending on the recipe|
|Shipping||Shipping and delivery is frozen|
|Handling||Keep frozen below -18°C (0°F)|
|Defrosting Time||In the fridge: approx. 24h
In ice-water: approx. 1h
|Expiration||Frozen: see packaging label (usually more than 3 months)
Chilled: Please consume unopened pack within 2 days.
|Also known as||Pork belly slices, pork belly strips, skinless pork belly
|Country of Origin||Hokkaido, Japan|
|Cut from||Pork belly|
|Packaging||Each pack is individually vacuum packed|
✔ 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|
Translated from Japanese: I always order in bulk and have it in shabu shabu and pork bowl!
Translated from Japanese: It has a lot of fat, but I can safely taste that as well as the umami of the dish. It’s always useful in stir-fries, pork miso soup, and other dishes.
Translated from Japanese: I've been waiting for its arrival because I wanted to make pork soup.
Although it’s pork belly, it’s not greasy and easy to use.
If you put it in vinegar, it will get even richer and delicious.
It doesn’t get hard in the lunch box the next day either.
Translated from Japanese: Slices are easy to use and useful for stir-fried and simmered dishes. It has a lot of fat, but it's not too heavy and delicious.
Translated from Japanese: I've been ordering it so often that I don't know anymore how often. It's often sold out, so I always buy it when it's in stock.