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Frugal Idea: Buying and Cutting a Whole Boneless Pork Loin

Here’s a different post for you guys and I hope you find it helpful! We’re all looking for ways to be more frugal so I wanted to share what I finally did this week. ShopRite had their whole boneless pork loin on sale for $1.99/lb which is a good price, but with the in-ad coupon, you pay just $0.99/lb which is fantastic! I picked up the largest I could find and it was just over 7lbs. My mom also got one for 6.5lbs and I told her that I’d take hers home to cut and freeze while I was already getting my tools out and kitchen dirty.

These pieces of meat can be intimidating and a lot of people just pass over the deal. I mean, it’s a heavy, long piece of meat! How are you going to cook it?! But, if you bring it home and spend 20 minutes, you can make up so great cuts of meat for the fridge/freezer for a great price.

First, I simply prepared my work surface by placing some dishwasher-safe cutting boards down, getting a platter to put the cuts of meat, and paper towels accessible. I took the pork loin out of its package and laid it out on the cutting board. You’ll want a nice, sharp knife! I trimmed off each end to “square it off”, so my pork chops and pork loins would be pretty even. The pieces I cut off can be sliced or chunked for stir fry, kabobs, etc.

Then, I cut a few pork chops (I don’t think they are technically called pork chops, but that’s what I’m going with), about an inch thick, but you can obviously cut them the size you want. You can butterfly them, stuff them, or use a mallet to make them thin. It’s whatever you want!

Second, I cut 2 nice size pork roasts. Of course, cut them to the size your family needs. The only trimming I did was a tiny bit of excess fat. The amount of waste was very, very minimal. I was impressed. I was able to use at least 99% of the pork loin.

From each loin (about 7lbs), I got about 6 pork chops, 2 pork roasts, and some scraps for a recipe. That’s easily meat for 4 dinners (& leftovers too) for $7. I was impressed with the whole process and will not pass up a$0.99/lb pork loin again! Like I said, the amount of fat was very fair (you’ll want some fat on your pork for flavor!); I only trimmed a bit. There’s no bone and it’s a very easy cut. After I was done cutting, I used a FoodSaver to prepare the meat for the freezer. I froze 4 pork chops in a package, 1 pork roast per package, and all the slices of pork I’m saving for fried rice/stir fry.

I learned how to cut this by watching a video on Youtube. It’s really easy and really worth it in my opinion!

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