When it comes to buying meats, you just cant beat buying the whole loin , or even a portion of one , and doing the trimming yourself. The savings are amazing , and you get to decide just how much fat is left on each piece. I personally do not like thick fat , but do enjoy a thin strip of it on the outside of a roast or steak. Okay, the first thing you have to do is find a sale, every couple of months you will find these on sale for about $1.00 per pound. Now I realize this is not the BEST pork I could be buying , I am looking for a good free range source I just haven't found one yet. The good news is: it is local, tastes great , and the price is right when you are on a tight budget .
|I usually buy two at a time.. fill the freezer up a little.|
|I like to give the loin a good rinse, and start by laying it fat side down on a cutting board.|
|For whatever reason I always align what I call the scrappy end , to the right side of my board. Simply start by slicing that piece off...|
|The scrappy ends , don't make for good roasts or steaks... so I cube it up for stews ,and chili. 1" square is best , you will want to cut out any really fatty bits while you are cubing it.|
|I had two, so one I went rather lean on and the other I left a good fat cap on.|
|Here's the other one, lightly trimmed and simply cut into two large roasts.|
|The one I trimmed lean, became pork chops. Nice and thickly cut about 6oz each.|
|Here is one of the roasts , with the fat scored , and a little honey and chili rubbed in.|
|I just love roasted pork !!|
|This piece cost me about $1.50 :)) and I got 4 servings from it.|
|I take all the fatty bits , and lightly fry them up for the dogs , they LOVE it !! They need a bit of extra fat in their diet this time of year . |
11lbs = 176oz
176oz / 6oz = 29.3 servings
$12.00 / 29 = $ 0.40 per SERVING!!
There you have it, by taking a little bit of your time, you can eat Good Food, Cheap!! $0.40 per serving!! Sure beats paying $4.00 a pound to have someone else butcher it for you. I hope you have enjoyed my new series , Good Food , Cheap!! If you have any questions ,or suggestions for future posts , please leave a comment below. Happy Cooking !!