What to Cook for Dinner?
I shared a while back about how I purchase a whole pork loin at Costco to save money on our pork chops and pork roasts. The pork loins cost around $2-$2.50/lb which is great savings over the $4 a pound I see for pork chops and roasts.
You can really save a good chunk of change by cutting up the pork loin yourself and making these freezer cooking pork recipes.
I purchased an almost 8-pound pork loin at Costco and made 8 recipes out of it. All of these recipes are basic add the sauce or seasoning and then add the meat to the freezer bag. Lots of people call them dump recipes because you just add the sauce and dump in the meat and then freeze.
Then you thaw and dump them into the crock pot to cook. But dump recipes just doesn’t sound very good at all. At least not to me so I call them meat freezer packs. I know, it’s not very creative but a better than dump recipes.
My pork loin cost me about $15 and the other ingredients for the meat packs cost another 5-6 dollars. I had all of the seasonings and basic condiments already in the pantry. Making the cost of these 8 meat packs right around $21.
Which works out to be $2.63 each for our family of 4. With the roasts, we can often get one or two meals out of them too. Making it even less expensive.
I also ended up cutting the pork chops a little thicker this time. I think I could have actually gotten 9 meals out of the pork loin, but I wanted to show more the thickness other families might like to eat.
The Freezer Cooking Pork Recipes I made were,
Garlic Pork Roast
Cranberry Pork Roast
Maple Mustard Pork Chops
Italian Pork Chops
Sweet and Sour Pork
Herb Rubbed Pork Chops (2)
Marinated Pork Chops
You could also cut the pork chops and freeze them and use them in my pan fried pork chop recipe too.
Extra Ingredients Needed Beside the Pork Loin
Whole Cranberry Sauce
Red Wine Vinegar
Maple or Pancake Syrup
Sweet and Sour Sauce
Fresh Ginger (see how I store ginger to make it last)
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How I Prepare to Freezer Cook the Pork Loin
Before I cut the pork loin, I prepare all of my freezer bags with the name of the recipe. I also add all the ingredients for the marinade into each bag and place it into a big bowl so the bags don’t tip over and spill. But these freezer bag holders look like they would work great too.
Then I cut the pork loin up into two roasts, pork chops, and diced pork for the sweet and sour pork. I made this video to show you how I cut the pork loin and divided it up for the freezer meals.
I’ve put together a printable pdf of all the recipes for theses pork freezer meals. Right now you can grab it for free, just click the button below.
I also put together a freezer cooking pork loin ebook. It includes all the recipes listed above with side dish ideas, a shopping list, and tips and tricks to help you with your freezer cooking session.
All of this in one printable pdf you can download. You can find out more about it here.
I hope this was helpful in showing you just how easy it is to cut your own pork chops and roast from a pork loin. I know over the years it has surely saved us lots of money.
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