An Overview of Pork Recipes
Pork is one of the most commonly used meats, being eaten throughout the world. In fact, there is supporting evidence that the use of pigs for meat dates back to 5000 BC. Part of the reason pork recipes are so common through the world is the wide range of things that can be done with meat. From a breakfast sausage to a cured ham, pork is used in almost every setting.
Accounting for almost 40% of all meat eaten throughout the world, the amount is looking to increase going into the future. It is expected that the increase of urbanization and rising levels of income will only lead to more consumption of the meat. In Asian culture especially, pork recipes are especially common as cows are frequently used for work. Pig farms are easier to maintain and the meat is regarded as tastier and better smelling among these cultures.
Different pork recipes will call for different cuts of pork to be used. As with beef, the different cuts do vary in taste. It is advised to use what the pork recipe calls for, however those who have experimented with the different types should feel free to use what they please. The head is often used to make stock and soups. Spare ribs are perhaps the most popular type and are often found in barbeques throughout the United States and world. Other cuts are the shoulder blades, loin, side and legs. Pork is actually a very efficient meat, as almost the entire animal can be used to some degree. As a result there is very little waste after the pig is butchered.
Pork is very high in vitamin B1. It is also quite lean, having the leanest meat out of most of the domesticated animals. The flip side however is that it is high in cholesterol and saturated fat. Although it is treated as a red meat alongside beef, a campaign was run to get the public to think of it as a healthy alternative to other white meats. This was very successful in helping the rates of consumption of pork to rise in recent years.
Despite the high number of people eating the meat worldwide, some cultures do not call upon pork recipes in their cooking. These include people belonging to the religions of Islam and Judaism who believes that eating the meat goes against their religious teachings. For those that eat the meat however, there is no shortage of online pork recipes that will show how to make a delicious meal out of it.
A trip to the local butcher can also be a great way to find out more and get the right kind of cut that the recipe calls for. A good tip is also to ask the butcher at your local grocery store for recommendations in regards to what kind of pork is best suited for the different recipes. He or she should be able to give you advice about the different kinds of pork that they offer and what is best suited for your dish.
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