Brined uncooked pork chops - can I freeze them?
Help! I was going to make Zuni's brined pork chops but my family has come down with stomach flu. These chops have been brining for 2 days so it's time to take them out of the brine. Can I dry them off and freeze them to cook later? It seems like this should be OK, even though I'm sure they won't be as good. I would hate to have to throw them away.
As a long time brine-aholic it is my experience that the soak time is relevant to the brine recipe. Brine that works on 2 days may not give you the displacement you need while another recipe higher in salt content would. I would have no concerns about freezing them just remember that brining never has been remedies for food safety concerns only flavors so just be certain you cook them properly. I would however agree that you risk a mealy pork chop and it would be best to limit the time in the freezer.
I freeze brined pork and chicken all the time, so I would definitely do it.
I usually freeze them in the brine, but since yours have been soaking for so long, definitely drain them.
IMO 2 days for pork chops is a REALLY long time. I brine pork chops for maybe 4 hours at the most.