Types of Pork Roast
- Pork roast can make a delicious holiday meal or family dinner. However, the term pork roast can refer to many different cuts of a pork, including the loin, butt, shoulder, leg or side. When purchasing a pork roast in the store, you are usually purchasing one or more parts of a muscle and sometimes a bone. The pork roast you are storing may be a large cut, such as a loin, or it may be a smaller portion, such as a single chop.
- As with any meat, you should be confident that the person you are purchasing from is following the proper handling guidelines to ensure that your meat is fresh and stored properly. When choosing a pork roast, realize that this cut of meat is only safely stored in your home's refrigerator for up to two days. Only buy portions that you plan on serving within two days. Ensure that the pork is wrapped tightly in plastic wrap before purchasing, and leave the pork in the packaging to store properly in your refrigerator. Your refrigerator should always be set between 32 and 40 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Sometimes your meat supplier has great prices on pork, and you want to buy more than you plan on cooking in the next couple days. It is always great to take advantage of money-saving opportunities, but you need to make sure that you have room in your freezer. To properly store the pork roast, first portion the meat by cutting it into convenient pieces. Wrap the pieces of pork in freezer-specific plastic wrap or bags. A heavy-duty aluminum foil works as well. Be sure to remove all air from the packaging, and label your pork with the date and type of pork cut. Your freezer should remain at 0 degrees Fahrenheit or below, and you can store your pork cuts in the freezer up to six months.
Storing Cooked Pork
- If you have prepared a pork roast and you have leftovers, there is no sense in throwing them away. You can store your leftover pork pieces in the refrigerator for four or five days, as long as you have wrapped them up properly. Properly wrapped leftovers can be stored in the freezer for up to three months. As with any food, be sure you are comfortable with its appearance and odor before consuming. If you question the quality of the meat after you have followed these guidelines, throw it out and purchase more.