Jan 10, 2013

Pickled pig’s feet, anyone?

pig_feetI grew up with eastern european parents who made things like Galaretka, also known as Zimne Nogi (translated: cold legs) This is basically jellied pig’s feet. It was a mixture of meat & things that sat in a giant pot and my dad loved it! Polish food includes things like pork knuckles in beer sauce with sauerkraut, and carp in aspic with raisins. We ate things like, “Śledzie,” (pickled herring), beetroot soup, lots of kielbasa and pickled anything. They like to pickle things in Poland –  there’s even pickle soup! I still love some Polish dishes like Gołąbki and Pierogi, both of which I make often. My parents cooked with sticks of butter and no meal was complete without sour cream but I make things my own way now. I still crave the things I ate growing up and although pig’s feet is not one of them, I found a recipe online for anyone curious enough to try:


With a background like mine, I was bound to forge my own unique food trail and the things I eat seem normal to me, but maybe not to everyone.  For example, here are some of my favorite treats:

~Sauerkraut straight out of the jar

~Sardines, straight out of the can

~Pickled beets

~Picked herring with onions

~A wedge of raw cabbage eaten like an apple

~Cold boiled potatoes with mayonnaise

~I could still eat some pigs feet but only after a beaker of czysta wodka, no ice.

If anybody has a more unique favorite snack, maybe I can add it to my repertoire. There’s nothing you people out there are eating that can scare me.  Bring it. – Jenny Jones

23 Comments on "Pickled pig’s feet, anyone?"

  1. jeff palcich

    I want to make croiation jellied pig feet whole with pork roast added in the mix I am 62 and trying to remember my grand ma and dads receipts we all cook basicly the same kind of food well I am going to wing this I been cooking for50 yrs I learned a lot of the old ways but this does escapes me give me a mesg. if you get this thank you jeff

    • Jenny Can Cook

      I got your message but unfortunately, my father never shared his recipe for picked pigs feet so I am unable to help.

  2. SPLT

    Jenny, Have you ever eaten beets in a tossed salad? It’s delicious!

    • Jenny

      Yes, I have. I love beets – just had some last night.

  3. SPLT

    Jenny, Thank you so much for your recipes and video’s. I’m going to make your wheat bread very soon, plus some of the healthier foods as well. I love watching you cook. I saw your list of foods you ate when you were a girl. The only one I couldn’t eat would be the pickled pigs feet.LOL

  4. Thomas

    Jenny, I just loved your presentations …
    I have also polish origins so that make me very impressed getting back to my young days …
    However, I’d be pleased if you add someting very important into your polish hot-list : “BIGOS” , “OMLETY Z JAGODAMI I SMIETANA”, “BARSZCZ CZERWONY” … !
    What do you think about ?
    Many thanks and kind regards.

    • Jenny

      I’m still working on my bigos (it’s never the same twice!) and I have a fantastic borscht recipe: ttp://www.jennycancook.com/recipes/beet-cabbage-borscht/

  5. Mary

    I would love to have the original recipe for placek ( polish coffee cake). I was never given the recipe for my polish family. The only ones I have found were make with potatoes. The supposed ones you buy in the store called crumb cake are definitely not it. I love the pancake recipe. I use to make it when my kids were little about 50 years ago. I forgot how to make them. Thank you in advance for your help.

  6. Roslyn Brown

    ~Sauerkraut straight out of the jar … YES!

    ~Sardines, straight out of the can … YES! All the time!

    ~Pickled beets … absolutely YES! Just had some today!

    ~Picked herring with onions … YES, YES! LOVE!

    ~A wedge of raw cabbage eaten like an apple … YES!

    ~Cold boiled potatoes with mayonnaise … YES x 1000!

  7. Anita Street

    Uh-no. Growing up in south Mississippi, I had to eat those when I was a child. Well, that and pig tails cooked in turnip greens. I love turnip greens, but I can live without the feet and tails.

  8. Dana

    I love ‘piggy jell-o’ ! Even though I was born and raised in Ontario my grandparents got me hooked on european food. My sister and I were crazy about the wiggly stuff on our plates so we decided to offer it to some of our canadian neighbours and they ran like wildfire upon seeing pig tails sticking out of the gelatin. After that incident they always hid behind the rose bushes when we would mow the lawn. Go figure. Hahahah.

  9. Terita


    I’m from the Chicago area and I miss your show sooo much. I like to eat Hot head cheese on bread. The meat looks gross but it tastes really good. Go Bears ; )

  10. Tara

    I love Vegemite, cheese and mayo sandwiches.

  11. MrsNews

    I’m thinking I will be able to stick to my diet today….yuck!

    I do love mayo, cheese and sweet pickles sandwiches….
    Potato chips on my PBJ…but that is about it.

    When I was little we ate hamhocks in our beans…looked nasty but tasted good…never again though!

    I think I have a little vomit in the back of my throat now….thanks.


  12. marty

    Jenny,There was one more thing I forgot to tell you there is a web site pulaskie meats.com pictures and everthing.One more question, Do your close friends call you J.J. ?

    • Jenny

      Been there (after I found their kielbasa at the deli). And no one calls me J.J. although I wouldn’t mind. Denis calls me “soft-and-smooth-and-sexy-and-fun-and-stuff.” I call him twice a day. 😉

  13. marty

    Jenny, I am also Polish my father used to make that pigs knuckes in unflavored gelatin and he would also put rice in it too. And you would only eat it in the winter time. In the summertime he would make Borsh I don’t know if I spelled that right but it is a cold soup you eat in the summertime I think its beets and buttermilk. As for perogies I couldn’t see mashed potatoes and pasta on the same plate.We have a good polish store close by they smoke all their meat on premisis great kiebasa and other polish meat. its called Pulaskies smoked meats . You walk in and there’s a big picture of Pope John Paul 11 looking at you. But I’ll tell you what you want polish go to Scanton,Pa You can get just about anything you want. Have a nice day. Marty

    • Jenny

      There’s a tiny Russian deli in my area and I have purchased good kielbasa there and guess what? It was Pulaskies! (no Pope pix, though)

      Chicago has a huge Polish population (2nd in numbers only to Warsaw) and I sure miss that. Go, Pulaskies!

  14. Nicole

    a BLT without the L and the T.

  15. Rhonda

    I have a couple sandwiches that some people I know think is kinda gross…

    My hawaiian ham and cheese sandwich…
    includes…Ham, cheese, pineapple, mayo and bread. Yummy!…

    My pickle sandwich…
    includes…Toasted bread with sliced pickles and mayo (really good)…

    By the way, I’ve had pickled pig’s feet before when I was little. My great grandmother was part Polish so my grandmother ate pickled pig’s feet. I haven’t had it in years though. I can eat cabbage cooked or raw. I like it better cooked and pickled beets I like to eat with cooked dry beans. I prefer pinto beans with the beets. Yummy! 🙂
    Sauerkraut and Canned sardines I’ve had as well 🙂
    Take care and have a great week Jenny…


  16. Becky

    Jenny, that’s pretty, uhm…gross. 😉

    My dad’s family used to butcher hogs to have meat for the family, while his mother would catch the blood to make “blood pies”. *cringe*
    They also scrambled eggs with brains—this was a REAL treat. *longer cringe*

    Needless to say, I didn’t carry on any of those delicasies with my generation.

  17. LOL Good thoughts for the day. =)

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