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I bought some pork belly yesterday and I was just about to cook it when I saw thick hair on it. I tried to cut it with a sharp serrated knife but it didn't budge. I was really put off and put the pork back in the refrigerator. Can someone please save my pork belly and let me know how to get rid of the hair?

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+1 for Can someone please save my pork belly?! – nico Sep 9 '12 at 9:38
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If you have a blow torch or a brûlée torch, just burn the hairs off.

If this is not an option, I've heard that you can use a normal safety razor. In this case I would definitely choose a razor without a lubricating strip along the top.

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Thanks, you saved it :) – Divi Sep 9 '12 at 7:29
I used the blow torch – Divi Sep 9 '12 at 10:05
Would a gas stove work in a pinch? – Jack Jun 16 '14 at 12:51
@Jack Probably, depending how high you can crank the flame. A gas broiler would likely work too. The blowtorch will give you more control though, and reduce the amount of inadvertent cooking you're doing. – logophobe Jun 16 '14 at 20:47
helpful! it's my first foray into fresh ham from the local fam and my little piggy has a 5 o'clock shadow lol. 😅. And Easter is tomorrow! lol tx for the help – se ona Mar 26 at 21:59

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