Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Pork, Pork, everywhere

Yesterday I managed to con a couple of friends into splitting a case of whole pork loins with me. I bought a new freezer over the weekend that I am dying to fill up, but the problem with buying a freezer is that you then don't have the money for all the food to put in it! Anyway, after looking around my local warehouse store I realized that the case price on whole pork loins worked out to a GREAT deal.

Two of my friends split the case of 6 with me, so we ended up with 2 whole loins each. The only problem with the whole loins is that you have to butcher them yourself. This really isn't difficult, but it can be a bit gooey and messy if you aren't careful. I turned my portion into 4 roasts and 16 inch thick chops. As we cut the meat, we placed it in freezer bags with all the ingredients needed for each meal so now I have 8 meals ready to go in my new freezer. The best part is that my portion of the case and all the ingredients to cook them was only $50!! That is only 6.25 per meal and most will leave me with leftovers. You can't beat that price.

We ended up with :
Cranberry Pork Loin
Garlic Herb Roasted Pork Loin
Gnocchi with Pork Ragout
Grilled Loin of Pork with Tart Cherry Sauce
Dijon Pork Chops - 2 meals worth
Chipotle Orange glazed Pork Chops - 2 meals worth

My favorite recipe of these is the Cranberry Pork Loin. It is the easiest recipe ever!!!! I hope you all enjoy it as much as we do.

Cranberry Pork Loin

3 pounds Pork Loin Roast
1 can whole berry cranberry sauce
1 envelope onion soup mix

Mix all the ingredients together in a gallon freezer bag. Label and freeze.

Thaw completely. Place contents of the bag into a slow cooker and cook on low for 5-6 hours.


Krista said...

are you a friend of Hollis? cause she was just posting photos of a really juicy looking loin the other day. anyway, I believe I live in the same little town as you, so possibly we could hook up IRL with your little batch cooking idea.

I am all for pork loin and I may just go out and buy one just to try all your ideas. Hoping to be gifted with a deep freezer someday soon so I can get serious about batch cooking.

I love to cook, but seriously, I have other things to do with my life besides spend an hour or three on dinner every single night.

anyhoo, just wanted to say hi, I will be linking to your blog, and you'll probably hear more from me! keep posting!

Elizabeth said...

Thanks for commenting Krista! Sam's Club has the whole pork loins for 1.98 a pound right now, so it is a great time to stock up. Having a deep freeze is definitely a bonus for batch cooking, but not necessary. I just got one this weekend. Until now I have been just using the freezer in my side by side fridge and begging space off of friends like Hollis.

Hopefully I will see you at a batch party sometime!