Can previously frozen pork be cured?

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Can previously frozen pork be cured?

Postby Snert » Mon Mar 26, 2018 10:03 am

I have read in Ruhlman's book that it is not possible to cure previously frozen pork is that a fact or a Ruhlman rule? I can only source certified pork from a farm 1280km from my house (ZAR).
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Re: Can previously frozen pork be cured?

Postby NCPaul » Mon Mar 26, 2018 12:12 pm

That's strange considering that wild boar must be frozen to be made safe before curing. I'm pretty sure I've done it.
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Re: Can previously frozen pork be cured?

Postby wheels » Fri Mar 30, 2018 11:15 am

Looks like everyone but Mr Ruhlman is marching out of step! :lol: :lol:

It's fine. Fresh is best, but frozen's fine.

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Re: Can previously frozen pork be cured?

Postby Snert » Fri Mar 30, 2018 1:57 pm

Thanks a lot. The porkie can only reach me if frozen on the farm which is a ways from my home. Is it also possible to use this pork to make a ham?
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Re: Can previously frozen pork be cured?

Postby wheels » Fri Mar 30, 2018 6:45 pm

There's no reason why not. There may be a loss of quality, as with any frozen product, but I doubt it will be noticeable as you're used to eating meat that's been frozen.

Enjoy, and let us know how you get on.

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Re: Can previously frozen pork be cured?

Postby badjak » Sat Mar 31, 2018 6:29 am

I have made sausages from previous frozen pork without a problem.
Also bacon works fine.
I was under the impression that pork used to be frozen to get rid of Trichinosis?
Also, almost all imported meat is transported frozen if the distances are too big
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Re: Can previously frozen pork be cured?

Postby Snert » Sat Mar 31, 2018 1:47 pm

Yes the farm (www.happyhog.co.za) is 1280 km from where I stay, unfortunately.
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Re: Can previously frozen pork be cured?

Postby wheels » Sat Mar 31, 2018 4:09 pm

For us, that wouldn't even be in the same country!

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