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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Frank De Carlo, chef at Peasant in New York City, turns to this wild boar ragu, served with ricotta gnocchi, when he has a hungry crowd to please. The ragu has a robust wine flavor, which we really liked; if you prefer a mellower taste, reduce the wine to 3/4 cup.
What to buy: Wild boar, also known as cinghiale, is the feral ancestor of the domestic pig. Recent demand for its flavorful, hearty meat has led this porcine wild child to be domesticated and farmed. It’s sometimes difficult to find at your local grocer; you can purchase it online from Broken Arrow Ranch.