One large piece of meat can yield several inexpensive, great tasting meals. Knowing how to cut up a pork loin can save you money now, and time later.
I have watched the prices of meat steadily climb over the past year, in part from demand and drought. I have mentioned in previous posts that I often buy last-chance sale meat from the grocery store to save on my grocery bills. But also, every few months, I will buy a whole pork loin from Costco to break down and portion into zip-lock bags for future meals. At $2.19 a pound, I can get about 7 meals, with left overs, from one whole pork loin. I’ll show how I trim my whole pork loin, and add links to the posts in which I used the pork.
By the way….. I started this post way before I started to learn anything about taking pictures (look at the date on the package!). Please don’t be critical about the horrible photos – the information is good.
Breaking down one whole pork loin… here we go!
At the end of portioning the Whole Pork Loin, I had:
- one 2-pound pork roast
- two bags of thickly cut pork loin for Stuffed Pork Chops (12 pieces total)
- two bags thinly cut pork loin for Pork Picatta (12 pieces total)
- two bags of cubed pork loin for Green Chile Stew and Carne Guisada.
My Favorite Pork Loin Meals:
Stuffed Pork Chops
Pork Carne Guisada (working on a photo re-do)
Pork Loin Cordon Bleu