+
General Discussion

Marbling in Pork Loin Chops

zackly | Oct 1, 202107:15 AM     7

Today, I saw (and bought) these pork loin chops, pictured, at my supermarket that stopped me in my tracks. They were heavily marbled and much whiter than typical pork loin chops, white, like Japanese beef. It seems this much sought after characteristic in beef is not the case in pork chops, see study notes below. Do you look for well marbled pork chops? I usually buy the lean ones. Maybe that's why my pork chops are frequently dry and tough.

"Marbling effects on quality characteristics of pork loin chops: consumer purchase intent, visual and sensory characteristics" https://www.sciencedirect.com/science...

Abstract
These studies evaluated whether consumers detect differences among pork loin chops with low (1.05% fat), medium (2.33%) and high (3.46%) amounts of marbling when visually evaluated, when prepared under controlled conditions, and when prepared at home. Highly marbled chops appeared lighter colored, less lean, had less acceptable appearance, and were less likely to be purchased than leaner chops; they were juicier, more tender, oily and flavorful than leaner chops. These results indicate a disparity between purchase intent based on visual evaluation, and quality attributes of the cooked product. When evaluated at home, consumers rated the chops they chose (40% low, 40% medium marbled) as more tender, juicy and flavorful than chops they evaluated “blind” on-site suggesting that additional factors have a significant impact on stated purchase

    Image Title (Optional)
    Caption (Optional)
    Image Credit (Optional)
Want to stay up to date with this post? Sign Up Now ›

Invite a friend to chime in on this discussion.

Email a Friend

More from Chowhound

How to Make Your Sugar Cookies Taste Better
Guides

How to Make Your Sugar Cookies Taste Better

by Amy Sowder | Sugar cookies often look prettier than they taste. Now that's not right. With cookie season well under...

Christmas Cheesecake: The Most Wonderful Dessert of the Year
Explainers

Christmas Cheesecake: The Most Wonderful Dessert of the Year

by Jen Wheeler | At Christmas time, there are cookies galore, but true dessert lovers still crave something more substantial...

11 Gluten-Free Cookie Recipes for the Holidays
Recipe Round-Ups

11 Gluten-Free Cookie Recipes for the Holidays

by Vanessa Simmons | Christmas cookies, holiday cookies, winter treats—whatever you want to call them, they used to be...

13 Perfect Christmas Desserts That Aren't Cookies
Recipe Round-Ups

13 Perfect Christmas Desserts That Aren't Cookies

by Jen Wheeler | Christmas cookies are one of the reasons to love the season, but holiday desserts do not stop at the...

Get fresh food news delivered to your inbox

Sign up for our newsletter to receive the latest tips, tricks, recipes and more, sent twice a week.