Dear Chef: Finding Berkshire Pork Retail in South Florida

100% Berkshire pork is the star of crispy sweet & spicy pork belly, here getting ready for its close-up at the cookbook photo shoot in January.

Where can I find Berkshire pork locally without having to place an order online?

– Carla L.

Great question Carla.  You can get pork from heritage breeds like Berkshire here in Miami, but if you walked into a store today, you’re not going find it.

Let’s quickly back up for some context as to why… Heritage means old breeds that have become rare thanks to industrial hog farming. Heritage hog farmers have small, often family-run operations so it’s no wonder you might have difficultly finding it at your neighborhood grocer.

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Dear Chef: Minding Your Q’s on The Genuine Kitchen

Dear Chef is something we’ve been wanting to try out on the blog for a while now, where we offer up the cooking advice of our restaurant chefs to you, dear reader.

We were reminded to get it going by the New York Times Diner’s Journal blog, which, if you’ve been following lately, is also asking readers to submit their questions to [insert token food expert.]

Simply email questions to, and we’ll pick some to answer every week. Ingredients, tools, techniques, and troubleshooting…  Shocking, fun, enlightening, and appalling — We’ve seen it all.   If you’re baffled or curious, one of us in the back of the house will try to help.  We’ll tweet when questions are chosen and when answers are posted.

See you in our inbox.