Although we are already part way through October, there is still plenty of time to celebrate Porktober19. Pork is a very versatile meat and can be prepared many different ways. Pork has been a part of my family’s life for many years as we raised a lot of hogs on our farm. My husband and I continued the family tradition of raising hogs from farrow to finish (birth to market). After we made the tough decision to get out of the hog business, I worked for a neighbor as a herdswoman for an additional 5 years. We always had pork in the freezer as we took a hog or two to the locker plant in town every year. It is easy to make a quick work night supper with some ham steaks or pork chops or a special family meal with a pork loin roast.
If you are in a rut and need some new and interesting pork recipes, the Iowa Pork Producers have plenty of new recipes that you may enjoy. If you are a new cook or have not had a chance to cook pork for a while, the National Pork Board has some great, quick videos covering multiple ways to cook or work with pork. They demonstrate how to cook pork chops or how to cut down a large tenderloin into cops and roasts. There is also a demonstration on how to correctly use a thermometer to check if the pork has been cooked to 145 degrees Fahrenheit.
Enjoy some pork tonight.