Hi Perry: We just became proud owners of a #2 La caja china cooking box. But after ordering sour orange Juice and the other Mojo can of Guava shells on line the cost is really “ costly “.
Do you have any ideas or substitutions for Pierna Criolla pork shoulders?
We watched the Throwdown with Bobby Flay and Roberto Guerra. What fun!
P.S. (Sure hope you can help us out)
YES! I’ve found everything I need to make Pierna criolla at my local Mexican grocery. There’s one in Wilsonville in the strip mall behind the Arbys. There are a couple in Tualatin, as well, but I haven’t checked them out yet.
Here’s a top secret trick…if you can’t find guava shells, buy some halved peaches (in water) drain well, pat as dry as possible, then soak overnight in Guava Nectar (available at most grocery stores with the juices or sodas.)
Also, you can make a really good “sour orange” by mixing 3 parts fresh squeezed orange juice with 1 part lemon juice. You can see the recipes for making the mojo this way, in this post.
Be sure to download a copy of my La Caja China Guidebook (it’s free!)
Lemme know if you have any other questions!