See also: South Carolina - 'Chitlin' Strut’
CHITTERLINGS (CHITLINS) pork, pigs
Chitterlings or chit'lins are the intestines of young pigs, cleaned and stewed and then frequently battered and fried.
Chitlin's are considered a delicacy (a special and desirable food) in South Carolina and other parts of the South. But chitterlings must be prepared carefully. They must be soaked and rinsed thoroughly in several changes of cool water, and repeatedly picked clean, by hand, of extra fat and specks. They are then boiled and simmered until tender.
They can be prepared different ways.
Standard recipes call for simmering the chitlin's for three to five hours in water seasoned with salt, black pepper, and perhaps hot peppers, along with vinegar and an onion. But everyone has a different recipe. Sometimes they are cooked with hog maws (hog stomach), or fried in a batter.
Library of Congress Local Legacies Project
pork products, hogs, pigs