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6 Facts About Pigs That Will Impress Your Friends

Pigs are awesome. And these 6 amazing facts about them will prove just that. About 110 million pigs are needlessly killed each year for food, so next time someone says that they “must have bacon” send them this list!

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1. Pigs are extraordinarily intelligent. They are curious and insightful animals who are widely accepted as being smarter than young children of at least 3 years of age, dogs, and even some primates.

2. Pigs are extremely social animals. They form close bonds with other individuals and love close contact and lying down together.

3. Pigs are very clean, keeping their toilet area far away from where they lie down and eat. Even newborn piglets will leave the nest to go to the toilet within hours of birth.

4. Pigs are very peaceful animals, rarely showing aggression. The exception, as with many animals, is when a mother (sow) with her young offspring is provoked or threatened.

5. Wild pigs play an important role in managing ecosystems and maintaining biodiversity. By rooting, and thus disturbing the soil, they create areas for new plant colonisation. They also spread fruit plants by dispersing their seeds.

6. Pigs have a tremendous sense of smell. The large round disk of cartilage at the tip of the snout is connected to muscle that gives it extra flexibility and strength for rooting in the ground.

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Recipe for Vegan Bacon Ranch Deviled Eggs

 

Makes 18 eggs
What You Need:
1 tablespoon agar agar powder
1 cup water
2 14-ounce cans cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
1 tablespoon rice flour
4 tablespoons nutritional yeast, divided
3-3/4 teaspoons Indian black salt (see Chef’s Tip)
1-1/4 teaspoons turmeric
1 tablespoon yellow mustard
3 tablespoons vegan mayonnaise
2-1/2 teaspoons fresh chopped parsley leaves
1-1/4 teaspoons fresh chopped dill
1/2 teaspoon white pepper
1-1/2 teaspoons onion powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Vegan bacon bits and chopped fresh chives, for garnish (optional)

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What You Do:
1. In a large saucepan, whisk together agar and water, then heat over high heat until boiling. Continue boiling for 5 minutes, then remove from heat.

2. In a food processor, add beans, rice flour, 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast, and black salt and process until smooth. Whisk 2/3 cup bean purée into agar mixture as it cools. Using either a chocolate-egg mold or a muffin tin, fill with 1 tablespoon agar mixture. Place mold or pan into refrigerator to chill for 25 minutes or until eggs are solid enough to remove when gently pressed.

3. While eggs are chilling, in a food processor with remaining bean purée, add remaining 3 tablespoons nutritional yeast, turmeric, mustard, mayonnaise, parsley, dill, white pepper, onion powder, salt, and pepper and blend until creamy.

4. Using a spoon or a pastry bag filled with bean mixture, top each egg with about 1 tablespoon bean mixture. Before serving, sprinkle eggs with vegan bacon bits and chives.

Chef’s Tip The trick to creating a truly authentic egg-like taste is to use Indian black salt (known as kala namak), which mimics the sulfuric taste of eggs. If you can’t find Indian black salt in stores, it is easily available online.

Photo: Vanessa K. Rees