Safe handling of pork is essential. Here’s a simple list of how-to’s. Making Ahead Never brown or partially cook meat for later. Leftovers Never eat pork that has been sitting on the counter for more than 1-2 hours. Only store leftovers in the coldest part of the refrigerator and for no more than 4-5 days. Follow this simple rule: “When in doubt,...
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Pork 101

How to Handle Pork Safely

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Safe handling of pork is essential. Here’s a simple list of how-to’s.

Making Ahead

Never brown or partially cook meat for later.

Leftovers

  • Never eat pork that has been sitting on the counter for more than 1-2 hours.
  • Only store leftovers in the coldest part of the refrigerator and for no more than 4-5 days.
  • Follow this simple rule: “When in doubt, throw it out.”

Thawing

  • The best way to defrost pork is in the fridge in its wrapping. Follow these guidelines.
  • Small roast: 3-5 hrs/lb
  • Large roast: 4-7 hrs/lb
  • One-inch thick chop: 12-14 hrs
  • Ground pork needs to be estimated by package thickness
  • Microwave thawing? Sure thing. Follow the microwave manufacturer’s guidelines. Just be sure to cook meat immediately after microwave thawing.

Storing

  • In the refrigerator: sealed, pre-packed fresh pork cuts can be kept in the refrigerator for 2-4 days. Sealed ground pork will keep for 1-2 days. Ham and other smoked products keep for 3-4 days while luncheon meats, dogs and bacon can be kept for up to 7 days.
  • In the freezer: well-wrapped fresh cuts like chops, roasts and tenderloins can be kept for up to 6 months. Well-wrapped ground pork is good in the freezer for 3 months.
  • While you can refreeze pork once it is thawed, it may lose some quality due to the moisture lost through defrosting.

 

Source: porkbeinspired.com