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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How to Freeze Pork Chops
Pork chops can stay in their original packaging, but must be overwrapped with air-tight plastic wrap, aluminum foil, or freezer paper. Place the wrapped the chops in a freezer bag for another layer of protection against freezer burn. They will generally be safe to cook within four to six months.
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How to Store Pork Chops
Sealed pork products can typically last in the fridge for up to three days. Like loins and other cuts of meat, ensure that the pork is wrapped tightly in its original packaging and either freeze or cook immediately upon opening.
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Skip the bottled, shelf-stable plum sauce and make your own. Simmer fresh plums, ginger, garlic, shallots, soy sauce, and honey for about 10 minutes and blend. Serve this sweet-tangy sauce with juicy pork chops that have been rubbed with aromatic five-spice powder and grilled. Add soy-sauce-basted grilled corn and steamed rice for a complete, Asian-inspired summer dinner.
Game plan: After 30 minutes, the spice-rubbed pork chops are ready to be grilled, but for more developed flavor and juicier meat, we recommend letting them sit for up to 24 hours.