Boneless pork tenderloin chops are one of many cuts of meat that can be difficult to afford when you are budgeting your grocery costs.
Looking at that delicious package of pork chops at the grocery store the cost on the price tag is almost enough to make your heart stop in mid beat.
Good quality cuts of meat can seem to be way out of the reach of many families today. Economic times are difficult yet grocery costs keep rising.
Well I have a few tips to offer so you can get that tenderloin chop for at least half the price that you see on the package.
Reducing the Price of Meat Without Reducing Quality or Quantity
Getting the most bang for your buck is important. A large percentage of your hard earned dollar goes into the purchase of groceries which means that there is a lot of money that can be saved in this area.
You can reduce your meat savings by watching for the cuts you eat to go on sale and then stocking up on it. There are ways that you can reduce your meat costs further and purchasing larger chunks of meat to cut yourself is an excellent way to do this.
A standard pork tenderloin is basically already in the shape of chops so just needs to be sliced much like you would a loaf of bread.
You can Save About Half the Price Quality Pork Chops Would Cost
That high quality boneless tenderloin pork chop sitting at the grocer that generally sells for around 9.89kg (4.50 per lb.) is cut from a boneless pork tenderloin which often sells for around 4.39kg (1.99 per lb.) on sale.
Rather than buying the chop already cut, purchase the loin, and cut it yourself.You can purchase the larger chunk of meat for generally less than half the price of the tenderloin pork chop.
When you purchase the meat pre-cut you are paying a premium price where as cutting that same meat at home your grocery dollar savings can be substantial.
One Side of the Tenderloin Generally has a Ridge of Fat on it Which can be Easily Trimmed Off
My Next Job is Cutting Away the Loose Side Section
Grasp the Meat Firmly With One Hand and Cut With the Other
You can see in the picture above the loose strip of meat on the one side of the pork loin. This section is generally quite fatty and slippery to cut through if left on the loin.
As this is a little lower grade of meat I cut this section off to be made into sweet and sour chunks and leave the remainder of the tenderloin to be cut into pork chops.
The loin itself can be quite slippery so if you have a partner to help you out get them to hold the loin while you cut.
To the upper left of the board are the pork chops which you can see are an absolutely beautiful cut of meat. To the upper right side of the board is the strip from the side of the loin which I will package up for sweet and sour pork.
You Can Trim and Cut the Pork Chops to Your Taste Preference
Some people like to have a ridge of fat on their chops but I like a lean cut of meat so I trim quite a bit of the top fat off my pork loin.
If you have a helper they can help hold the meat while you cut as it can be slippery. I grasp mine firmly around with one hand and cut with the other. I am not sure what is up with my hubby but he generally tosses the meat on the counter and then runs and hides. (Queasy maybe?)
I am not a huge meat eater, but I did grow up on a hobby farm where we butchered our own pigs, beef, and chickens so I am quite content to cut our own meat. The dollar savings makes the half hour or so that I spend cutting the pork loin very worth while.
Be Sure to Use a Good Sharp Knife to Cut Your Tenderloin
Our local Save-On store often puts their tenderloin on a very good sale price and this is where I wait to buy mine. I trust their quality. At our last store trip we purchased this loin for $18.93 paying $1.99 per pound which is about the standard sale price where I live.
Cutting your own chops you can slice them thick or thin depending on which you prefer. I like to cut our chops thick and I generally get between 30 and 36 chops per pork tenderloin depending on the size we have purchased. Looking at the image you can see the quality of these chops.
I trimmed about 1/4 pound of fat from the top of the loin and set aside about 1 pound total of side meat for sweet and sour.
This Loin Netted us 32 Thick Tenderloin Pork Chops as Well as About a Pound of Sweet and Sour Pork Meat
From this point there is just the packaging and the clean up left to do. I freeze my chops in packages of six as this is a convenient size for my family.You can use freezer bags or if you are into recycling then you can also use recycled bread bags to put your meat in for freezing.
Always be safe in the kitchen when you are working with meat and keep cleanliness as a priority. Wash your hands and work surfaces thoroughly.
Have 2 cutting boards in your kitchen, one for meat use only, and the other one for cutting bread, fruits, and vegetables. Cutting board safety is a priority in the kitchen. To help avoid cross contamination to other surfaces and foods put the wash cloths and hand towels you have used in your meat preparation immediately into your laundry for wash.
Old Fashioned Pig Shape Cutting Board
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