Pork fares best in the freezer if packaged with freezer-friendly materials like waxed paper, aluminum foil, or heavy-duty plastic bags.
Wrap any meat tightly so that air does not escape and freeze at 0°F. Generally, fresh cuts of pork can last up to six months, while ground pork can last up to three.
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Pork is easiest to thaw when placed in the refrigerator in its original wrapping. Small roasts will take three to five hours per pound, while larger roasts can take up to seven hours per pound. Thawing ground pork depends entirely on the thickness of its packaging.
It is safe to cook frozen or partially-frozen pork, but its cooking time may take 50 percent longer. Frozen pork should not be cooked in a slow cooker.
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Sealed pork products can typically last in the fridge for two to four days, with ground pork having a slightly shorter shelf life at one to three. Ham or other smoked pork products like bacon can be stored for up to a week, though this only applies to products that aren’t vacuum sealed or prepared with preservatives. The latter can obviously last a lot longer.
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Eggs should keep a consistent and low temperature. This is best achieved by placing their carton in the center of your fridge. The eggs should also remain in their original packaging to avoid the absorption of strong odors.
It is wise to follow the “best by” date to determine overall freshness, but eggs can be tested by simply dropping them into a bowl of water. Older eggs will float while fresh eggs will sink. This is due to the size of their air cells, which gradually increase over time.
Cooked eggs have a refrigerator shelf life of no more than four days, while hard-boiled eggs, peeled or unpeeled, are safe to consume up to one week after they’re prepared.
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The beauty of an egg is its versatility. Eggs can be cooked in a variety of ways. Here are some tips in accomplishing the four most common preparations.
Scrambled: Whip your eggs in a bowl. The consistency of your scrambled eggs is a personal preference, though it seems like the majority of breakfast connoisseurs enjoy a more runny and fluffy option. In this case, add about ¼ cup of milk for every four eggs. This will help to thin the mix. Feel free to also season with salt and pepper (or stir in cream cheese for added decadence). Grease a skillet with butter over medium heat and pour in the egg mixture. As the eggs begin to cook, begin to pull and fold the eggs with a spatula until it forms curds. Do not stir constantly. Once the egg is cooked to your liking, remove from heat and serve.
Hard-boiled: Fill a pot that covers your eggs by about two inches. Remove the eggs and bring the water to a boil. Once the water begins to boil, carefully drop in the eggs and leave them for 10-12 minutes. For easy peeling, give the eggs an immediate ice bath after the cooking time is completed. For soft-boiled eggs, follow the same process, but cut the cooking time in half.
Poached: Add a dash of vinegar to a pan filled with steadily simmering water. Crack eggs individually into a dish or small cup. With a spatula, create a gentle whirlpool in the pan. Slowly add the egg, whites first, into the water and allow to cook for three minutes. Remove the egg with a slotted spoon and immediately transfer to kitchen paper to drain the water.
Sunny Side Up/Over Easy/Medium/Hard: For each of these preparations, you are cracking an egg directly into a greased frying pan. For sunny side up, no flipping is involved. Simply allow the edges to fry until they’re golden brown. To achieve an over easy egg, flip a sunny side up egg and cook until a thin film appears over the yolk. The yolk should still be runny upon serving. An over medium egg is flipped, fried, and cooked longer until the yolk is still slightly runny. An over hard is cooked until the yolk is hard.
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Eggs can easily be frozen, but instructions vary based on the egg’s physical state. As a general rule, uncooked eggs in their shells should not be frozen. They must be cracked first and have their contents frozen.
Uncooked whole eggs: The eggs must be removed from their shells, blended, and poured into containers that can seal tightly.
Uncooked egg whites: The same process as whole eggs, but you can freeze whites in ice cube trays before transferring them to an airtight container. This speeds up the thawing process and can help with measuring.
Uncooked yolks: Egg yolks alone can turn extremely gelatinous if frozen. For use in savory dishes, add ⅛ teaspoon of salt per four egg yolks. Substitute the salt for sugar for use in sweet dishes and/or desserts.
Cooked eggs: Scrambled eggs are fine to freeze, but it is advised to not freeze cooked egg whites. They become too watery and rubbery if not mixed with the yolk.
Hard-boiled eggs: As mentioned above, it is best to not freeze hard-boiled eggs because cooked whites become watery and rubbery when frozen.
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Next: How to Store Pork Shoulder
How to Store Pork Shoulder
A tightly sealed pork shoulder can generally last in the refrigerator for two to four days.
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Next: How to Freeze Pork Shoulder
How to Freeze Pork Shoulder
A pork shoulder can last up to six months if packaged in freezer-friendly materials like plastic wrap, aluminum foil, and freezer paper. Wrap the shoulder tightly to avoid air pockets and place in a heavy-duty plastic bag.
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Next: How to Thaw Pork Shoulder
How to Thaw Pork Shoulder
As with all pork products, the best way to thaw is in the refrigerator. As pork and other meats are susceptible to bacterial growth, they should never be defrosted on the counter in open air.
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Channel your inner Italian chef as you tackle this Gnocchi with Pork Ragu recipe. These little dumplings that are made from fresh ingredients will encourage you to make this dish more than this one time.
Gnocchi (little Italian dumplings traditionally made with potato, flour and egg) are a delicious alternative to pasta, with origins stemming from ancient Rome. It is traditionally created in Italian households from a unique mixture of flour, egg, and sometimes potato.
This particular recipe focuses on creating some very flavorful pork pieces that are covered in a rich savory sauce with a great serving of vegetables. Gnocchi, like most pasta, is a fairly neutral type of carbohydrate so it is paired well with the well-seasoned meat as one (the meat and the gnocchi) doesn’t overwhelm the other. Instead, the flavors harmonize together, similar to a neutral bowl of white rice drizzled with a rich and flavorful savory sauce.
Savor the authentically soft pillows with this decadent pork ragu sauce. This is the perfect dish for serving your family or friends a comforting dinner or a flavorful weekend lunch meal. If you’re looking to have an Italian meal, we’ve suggested some other recipes that would pair exceptionally well with these lovely dumplings.
Start your Italian meal off with a Panzanella Tuscan Bread Salad recipe or a Chicken and Wild Rice Soup recipe, paired with either this White Spritz Cocktail or this bubbly and slightly sweet Lo Scintillante. Finish off with some uplifting Tiramisu recipe or this sweet and chocolatey dessert called the Dulce De Leche Chocolate Dipped Cannoli.