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, 2012 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.

  • I used the blow torch
    – Divi
    Sep 9, 2012 at 10:05
  • Would a gas stove work in a pinch?
    – Jack
    Jun 16, 2014 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, 2014 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
    – user44545
    Mar 26, 2016 at 21:59
  • so I tried to singe the stubble with a heat gun (heated up to 800 deg). the skin started crackling, but the stubble is still showing.. then tried with a flame from a match...again, some of the stubble shows... any help for stubborn stubble or in grown hairs?
    – user44545
    Mar 26, 2016 at 22:16

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