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May 6, 2009 09:04 AM

Can I rescue oversalted roast pork?

I guess I wasn't paying enough attention when I made the brine from my boneless pork loin roast the other day. I've brined pork and poultry many times, but this is the first time I'd somehow way oversalted even though it only brined a couple hours.
We compensated with non-salty sides that first night. But now I have a piece of leftover roast pork and I don't want to waste it.
I know there must be some way to use it and balance the saltiness with other ingredients--maybe mixing with a starch? Any suggestions? I'm hoping my fellow 'Hounds can come up with some creative ideas.

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  1. Make a barbecue sauce without salt, add the shredded pork and voila - pulled pork sandwiches.

    1. Make a stew, or add it to chili.

      You could also add the pork to cassoulet, just make sure you use lots of earthy, sweet veggies, like sweet potatoes, squash, carrots, etc. to balance out the salinity.

      1. When I have leftover pork roast, I freeze it in smaller packages, and use it to make pork fried rice. Don't salt the rice, and don't add too much soy sauce - you should be fine.

        1. The easiest way to "de-salt" it is to soak it in plain water like you would do with salt cod or baccala.

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          1. re: Den

            That's right. You might want to slice it into small pieces before soaking (to speed up the desalting), then use in a stir fry.