In the past few years, I've attempted to make several pork recipes usng ground pork/pork loin/pork chops from the grocery store, and, no matter what brand I get, it all tastes like it's been injected with some sort of sage (and saline) solution. I can work around the salt because I can just add less to the dish, but I'm really tired of flavoring the meat heavily, or marinating it for hours (even overnight), with things as strong as cumin/coriander/cloves/cinnamon//rosemary/red wine/garlic/etc., and STILL the sage flavor persists. I mean it overwhelms. It's not that I don't like sage, but it makes everything taste like breakfast sausage and Jimmy Dean-flavored larb (Thai) and adobo (Filipino) are NOT what I'm going for. Your thoughts on how this can be remedied--or brands I could look for that don't have this flavor? Thanks.
*note: Please don't tell me I need to pay $20.00+ a pound for some boutique or Niman-Schell (or other) type of organic pork because I live in the sticks and it's just not available here.