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Video:Butcher Your Own Pork Chops

with Chef John Mitzewich

Cutting your own pork chops from a pork loin roast is easy to do and a great way to save money. This is a trick the butchers do not want you to see!See Transcript

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Transcript:Butcher Your Own Pork Chops

Hi, I'm Chef John Mitzewich for About.com Food. Today I'm going to show you how easy it is to butcher your own center cut pork.

This is a demo the butchers do no want you to see! And why don't they want you to butcher your own pork chops? Because it's going to cost them money. If you cut your own pork chops you're going to save a lot of money.

Save Money by Cutting Pork Chops

Let me explain. These are boneless pork chops, also know as center-cut pork chops, because they are usually cut from the center of the pork loin. They run about $5.75 a pound.

By the way, boneless pork chop is kind of an oxymoron because chop means something with a bone in it. But boneless pork chops are much more popular and easier to cook and are the dominate pork chops on the market. Very expensive.

This is a boneless pork loin roast, about $4.25 a pound. So why the butchers are terrified of you knowing this info is you can take this, cut it into four pieces your self, and save $1.50 a pound.

So the butchers are not going to be happy with me. I'm going to need some sort of disguise now, maybe something like this. Hmm, I look the same. Anyway, I'll figure that out. Let me show you this technique.

Cut Pork Loin Roast Into Equal Pieces

Make sure you buy the right cut; it's about two pounds. This is a boneless pork loin roast. We're going to cut it into four equal pieces.

Now, I'm no math major but if you cut a two-pound boneless pork loin roast into four pieces you have four 8-oz boneless pork chops.

Trim Extra Fat From the Pork Chops

Once you done that you can trim any extra fat from the sides. It's up to you; it's pretty lean as it is. And, there you go.

That was easy and we saved a lot of money. The butchers aren't happy, but we don't care. You're in no danger, I'm the one taking all the risks here.

Benefit of Pork Loin Roast

Now, let me explain the main difference. You see that extra red meat around the outside? That's because the boneless pork loin roast is a little closer to the shoulder.

That is really delicious and tender, so don't let it deter you. It's totally worth the extra savings.

To recap, take a boneless pork loin roast, cut it into four pieces and save $1.50 a pound. Just don't tell the butchers. I hope you give that a try. Enjoy!

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