Pork Tenderloin – Cut Up, Wrap & Freeze! January 8, 2014

     In a recent shopping trip, I ran across a beautiful 20 lbs Pork Tenderloin for $1.99/lb.  I can never resist a deal like this, so I thought I'd share with you all what I do with a whopping 20 lbs of pork.  In the following pictures, I have provided some simple instructions on how to cut, wrap & freeze this wonderful deal, and leave you with several meal options!  So grab your Ziplocks, and join me!pork loin cut1

Cut off the ends of the loin, and set aside the pieces for stir fry meat.  Then, with a sharp butcher knife, cut 1/4" cut marks on the top of the loin to help you guide the knife to make the most beautiful pork loin chops for grilling, breading, stuffed pork chops & more. On your 1st cut, cut down almost all the way to the bottom of the roast, but do not cut completely through unless you just want a single thin piece of loin.  If you prefer the butterfly cut as I've shown in the picture, all you need to do is cut all the way down to the bottom of your cut.  Open the butterfly, and if it's a little to thick in the center, simply slide you knife down the middle of the butterfly to flatten it out.  You can use your tenderizing hammer to thin out this cut for stuffing if you'd like.  

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When I package my Butterflied Pork Loin Chops, I wrap them first in some saran, wax paper, or freezer paper.  Then I put up to 4 packages of two chops in a 1 gallon Ziplock Bag.  This saves on bags, and allows me to take out one package of steaks at a time without defrosting the entire bag. Make sure you are using FREEZER quality bags to prevent freezer burn.  I always write the contents on my bags, and the date they were packaged.  This way I can always rotate my stock in the freezer for the freshest cuts.

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Lastly, I wanted to share with you the amount of meat that I was able to put away from this pork loin.  I put one of the pork loins in the oven for dinner, and it was amazing!  This is our favorite cut of pork because it is so tender. Watch for sales!  You just can't beat a freezer full of YUM!  All of the cutting & packaging of this meat took me less than an hour.