Perfect pork cuts
Perfect pork cuts

Lean pork is a great source of protein, niacin, B6, B12, selenium, riboflavin, zinc and omega-3. You can use it in place of chicken beef and lamb to add variety to your current recipes. Pork matches with a wide variety of delicious sauces and goes especially well with fruit like apples. Pork needs some care when cooking to ensure it’s still juicy and tender for eating.

Storage tips

  • Make sure that you get your pork at the end of your shopping and get it home quickly and into the fridge to ensure freshness. Take a along an insulated storage bag to transport your meat in.
  • Place it on some paper towel on a plate and cover with cling film to store in the refrigerator.
  • Fresh pork has a sweet aroma and will be pink in colour and firm to the touch. Avoid pork that is greying or slimy.
  • You can freeze pork for up to 6 months.

Cooking tips

  • Bring meat to room temperature before cooking.
  • Cook pork over a medium heat to stop it drying out.
  • Try not to pierce or prod meat during cooking.
  • Rest your pork so it retains its juices.
  • Carve meat across the grain to ensure tenderness.
  • Marinating is great for tenderness and flavour when you are barbequing pork.

Leg

  • Leg roast – Traditional bone-in roast
  • Easy carve leg roast – Smaller leg roast without the bone
  • Leg steaks – Great for grilling, barbequing or pan frying
  • Mini Roast – Suitable for 2-3 people – Ideal for the midweek roast
  • Slow cooker pork with apples recipe

Hock

Loin

  • Cutlet – Premium loin cut suited to pan frying, grilling or barbequing
  • Loin steaks – Premium pork steak, similar to a loin chop without the bone
  • Rolled loin – Premium boneless roast, can be sized to suit
  • Butterfly Steak – Versatile double loin steak
  • Loin chop – Great barbequed grilled or pan fried
  • Loin rack – Outstanding dinner party favourite, with or without crackling
  • Pork medallions with hot fruit salad recipe
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