Success for French rillettes vending machine

A charcuterie boasting the first 24-hour rillettes vending machine is claiming a success after selling 300 pots of its home-made meat spread during its summer closure.

Charcuterie Wiest in Le Mans, known for rillettes, filled it with 180g and 300g pots at €5 and €8 for July and August. “Le Mans is a touristy town, and people wanted the local speciality,” said manager Emilie Goupille. Now they have added choucroute and ready-made meals to appeal more to locals caught short.

Rillettes are made by cutting pork and salting it, then slowly cooking it in fat before shredding and cooling. Rabe­lais called it “brown pig jam”.

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