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Gourmet Foods 101
Did you know?
"Only 1% of cattle raised in the US are raised for Prime purposes"

Pork Chops

Add Some Pizzazz

Put your fork into some pork! The once lowly pork chop has gained respect in recent years as a healthy, lean meat that's fine for fat-reduced and other diets. Boneless pork loin chops can be used in many tasty gourmet recipes, adding variety to any diet.

In recent years, major strides have been made in reducing the fat content of pork. It now contains 30% less fat and 10% fewer calories than it did ten years ago. Many cuts of pork are just as lean as chicken, only with more flavor and texture.

Kurobuta pork is gaining appreciation among many gourmets here in the US as premium pork. It is darker and richer with excellent marbling. Some internet companies sell this very exclusively, in high-quality vacuum-sealed packaging that will keep in your freezer for several months.

Any boneless pork is a good source of protein. A 5 ounce serving of lean pork yields 40 grams of protein and only 6.5 grams of fat - and zero carbohydrates. Lean pork is filling, so you won't feel like snacking later.

You can purchase pork locally, but there are many companies that sell exceptionally lean and succulent pork via the Internet. As with beef and other meats, naturally raised, exclusively fed pork has a much better taste than run-of-the-mill grocery store pork.

Lean cuts of pork can be cooked very quickly, an added advantage for today's time-conscious consumer. People have a tendency to overcook pork, but this is unfortunate, as it robs pork of its flavor. Try cooking a thawed three ounce boneless pork chop for four minutes on each side.

Try basting your pork in its own juices or topping it with apple sauce and cinnamon. Yummy!

Did You Know?
"Pork" comes from the French word "porc," meaning pig.