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I am wondering about how is the best way to confit a pork neck.

Is it best to confit a whole piece or should I chop it up before? What kind of oil or fat should I use? What is the correct temperature for the oil/fat? What kind of spices and herbs should i use in the fat/oil? How long should it be cooked? Should it be seared in a pan before or after the confiting?

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How is this different than a recipe request? –  SAJ14SAJ Sep 11 '13 at 17:11
    
@SAJ14SAJ I don't see a recipe request here. We answer tons of questions on this level of abstraction for "best technique". –  rumtscho Sep 11 '13 at 17:15
    
@rumtscho When aggregated, they are asking for a recipe on greating a quality pork neck confit. What are the ingredients? how do I process them? The only thing missing is what temperature to cook at. –  SAJ14SAJ Sep 11 '13 at 17:18
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Your question is bordering on being too broad, there's no "best", or at least everyone's "best" will be different. Here's what I mean:

method 1: Says to bone the meat but keep it whole, brine it overnight, and then confit it in rapeseed oil (canola oil) method 2: This one says to cut up the meat beforehand, dry rub it with spices and salt overnight, and then confit it in rendered lard

These two recipes differ in many points but both are valid. Cut it up or leave it whole - either. What fat to use - whatever you like. What temperature - varies. The only things where these two methods agree are:

  1. Brine, marinade, or dry rub the pork overnight to improve flavor, tenderness, and juiciness
  2. Confit for about 4 hours
  3. No browning before starting the confit. I've never seen a confit method that says to brown before, some say brown after
  4. Both call for removing the pork from the oil, cooling, wrapping it in plastic wrap, and then refrigerating it before re-heating it at a later point

So how to do the confit depends on the effect you want. If you want something to be easily and quickly served then cut it up before hand, you'll also use less fat overall. If you want something impressive to put on the table leave it whole with the bone in, then pull it apart with a fork. If you want a really rich confit then use lard, if you want it slightly less rich use a lighter oil. Usually you confit using the same fat as the meat or poultry, however in this case I'd personally go for a lighter oil rather than lard, but that's purely my opinion.

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