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Can I use a pork loin for ground pork?

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dynastar Apr 13, 2011 09:23 AM

I just bought a huge pork loin from Costco and I am going to cut up a bunch of pork chops. But as the loin is not too fatty I was wondering if it is ok for ground pork.

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    ultimatepotato Apr 13, 2011 09:28 AM

    You can definitely grind it, but as you said it's not a fatty cut, so if you were going to use it for meatballs, loaf, burgers etc then I would add fat to the grind or be mindful and add extra binding (eggs and such) when constructing. If you are using this for a meatsauce (chilli, bolognese) then it would be a lean version and you can season up accordingly.

    1. mamachef Apr 13, 2011 09:30 AM

      I think that pork loin is going to be a bit dry for using in ground pork recipes. If the cap is still on it, I'd remove it and grind it to add to the ground meat - about an 80:20 ratio, I think. Otherwise, you could mince it or cube it and use it in that form in any number of ways - I'm thinking pork chili, whether you decide to grind it or not. : )

      1. JungMann Apr 13, 2011 10:03 AM

        You can use any kind of meat for mince, but you have to be mindful of its leanness. Given that this is loin, you are not going to make juicy sausages, moist meatballs or such with them. But you can make delicious wetter dishes like the sauces, soups and sautes mentioned above.

        1. raytamsgv Apr 13, 2011 11:52 AM

          It depends on how you're going to use the ground pork. It'll be fine if the dish has sauce in it. Why not make pork chops out of it? Pork butt would be a better choice for grinding.

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