Pork chops are thought of as a Southern food, an inherently American food that brings back collective memories of family get-together and tea.But in general, with all the fast food in the world and all of the poor eating habits, pork has gotten a bad rap. Isn’t it time to think about pork in moderation? (I’ll delve into serving information and moderation, later, for you.)
Pork chops are one of most popular meat strips. They’re derived from the loin section of the pork. From the loin, a cut is made to the pig’s spine section perpendicularly and an individual meat piece is drawn out from it that contains a vertebra or a rib. A much more tender and mild-tasting section than other parts of the pork, pork chops are the most flavorful –as well as the priciest part of a pig.
As far as the invention of pork chops is concerned, there is no specific information found as for how this particular pork part has gained this much popularity over the years. But, if we look into the history of cooking, we can start to imagine. Keep on reading to learn a bit about about pork’s history as well as about the invention of pork chops.
The Origin of Pork
If the reports are to be believed, then it was with the exploration Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto in native America that the pork industry really originates from. However, it was in China where, hundreds of years ago prior Soto, pigs were domesticated. Around the year 1600, the pig production started to grow rapidly and more and more people were eating pigs. Later, pork became a commercial business and various types of pork dishes were invented. From grilling to roasting and frying, various methods under various temperature have come into use for cooking pork and making it safe for eating.
When people began to enjoy pork, they began to experiment with cuts of meat. With each section cut from the domestic pig having its own distinct appeal and application in the making of pork dishes, separate pork parts slowly began to get more and more attention. Pork chops began to get more attention because their meat was tender, juicer and easier to eat.
Various Pork Chops
Pork chops can actually come from different parts of the pig. Read the packaging and it will tell you the cut. When you’re out at the grocery store, it’s actually not quite so likely that the sign will tell you all you need to know. The packaging will help you know where each cut comes from.
While the T-shaped rib chops are known to be the most popular, the shoulder chops are also loved fo their mouth-watering taste and tenderness when barbecued or roasted. There are also other pork chop cuts, such as the loin chop, the boneless chop or the sirloin chops. No matter what cut of pork chops you decide to eat, each of them offers a unique heavenly taste in the mouth.
The loin section that covers the area from shoulder to the hip, as well as the tenderloin, are two of the favorite cuts of pork chops in the world. A pork chop that’s still attached to bone produces the more flavor than any other pork parts.
Pork chops are universally loved in pork-eating countries, mostly because you can cook them up into something wonderful in whichever way you want.
Buying, Choosing and Cooking With Pork
Before You Shop
The average serving size for an average-sized person should be just 3 ounces of cooked meat. Don’t buy too much pork! A 4 ounce cut of pork will turn into 3 ounces once it’s cooked; there’s a lot of water in it. If you’re just trying to eye the meat as far as servings go, just remember that a 3-ounce serving is about the size of a deck of cards.
Here are 2 few things to think about:
- How many people do you plan on feeding?
- What’s the occasion?
Quick-cooking cuts like pork chops are good for simple weeknight meals. Holiday meals require thicker cuts and longer, slow cooking dishes such as roast. Otherwise you’re going to need a lot of chops.
How to Make Fried Pork Chops
Fried foods aren’t the healthiest, but this is a traditional and tasty way to serve up some pork chops for your family or guests. Try to limit high-salt and fat dishes like pork chops to once or twice a week, at more. And make sure that the rest of your meal has complex carbs and fresh, green veggies to balance it out.
Making Pork Chops In the Oven
This is the way grandma usually cooks them up, and a great marinade or rub will do just fine to bake in the flavor.
How to Grill Pork Chops
Every meat is different when it comes to the grill. Here’s how to preserve the juiciness of the pork chop and not make it burn. Cooking isn’t hard, but it requires technique. So if you want to make good food AND impress your friends, listen to the wise grill master.
Try the American Pride Pork Chops
This fantastic grilled pork chop recipe is courtesy of pork – be inspired.