By Mike Thayer
So you are grocery shopping, you're looking at that package of 4 boneless pork chops going for around $2.50 a pound..... Don't buy them.
Buy a pork loin instead. It may cost more out-of-pocket at the time, but I bought a 10 pound pork loin at Costco the other night for just under $17. Now I've got a freezer full of chops, not just four.
Be your own butcher for this kind of thing. The convenience of buying something all ready for the frying pan is great, but it comes with a cost. Cutting your own chops from a pork loin - THE most under-rated cut of meat on the planet - saves you a lot of money and really doesn't cost much in terms of time at all. Just weigh the financial comparison - 4 grocery store butchered chops @ $2.49 a pound (2 meals?), vs. about 16-20 chops (depending on how thick or thin you want them - 10, 12 meals?) @ $1.69 a pound.
Cutting the loin down into chops and some stew meat didn't take much time at all, maybe 10 minutes and now I've got everything portioned out for meals and in the freezer.
TIP: Don't trim the fat when cutting the loin and creating the chops! Fat means flavor during the cooking process. Trim it before serving.
For some great pork recipes go to my grilling blog: www.grillinggoodeats.com