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Black Pudding

Nantgarw, Rhondda Cynon Taf

Pig killing, Maescar, about 1900

Pig killing, Maescar, about 1900 

The Recipe

You will need

  • the pig’s blood on day of killing
  • one pint cold water
  • a little salt
  • onions
  • mixed herbs
  • a little oatmeal
  • pig’s small intestine
  • a little fat off the small intestine


  1. Pour the blood into a large bowl while warm and stir constantly until cold to avoid clotting. 
  2. Then dilute with a pint of water, add a little salt and allow to stand overnight.
  3. Wash the intestine thoroughly, inside and out, and put in salt water overnight.
  4. Chop the onions, coat them and the pieces of fat with oatmeal, season with herbs and stir into the blood.
  5. Work this mixture into the small intestine, secure with string at both ends, allowing for expansion during boiling. 
  6. Boil the pudding in water for about half an hour and then hang to dry in a suitable place.
  7. Slice, when needed, and fry with bacon.

Nantgarw, Glamorgan.

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