roastRoast Basics

Roasting, very similar to baking, is a method of cooking pork in the oven in a shallow, uncovered pan, and without adding liquid to the pan.

Any cut of pork can be roasted, and should be roasted at 350° F unless otherwise noted.

This chart will help you decide how long you need to roast the cut of pork you have.

Recommended Cuts

Ham                                                                Approx. 5-6 lbs.                     20 minutes per lbs.
Loin Roast, Bone-in or Boneless                Approx. 2-5 lbs.                     20 minutes per lbs.
Shoulder                                                         Approx. 3-6 lbs.                    45 minutes per lbs.

Cooking Tips

Using the drippings from the roasted meat will provide great flavor
When making a stock, gravy or sauce.

When placing a thermometer in the meat to check for doneness, be sure that the stem of it is not touching a bone because this can result in a false reading.

Do not use sharp utensils that may pierce the meat when trying to turn it because piercing allows valuable juices to escape. Use other utensils, such as wooden spoons and spatulas for turning the meat.

A roast with a bone in it will cook faster than a boneless roast because the bone will conduct heat faster than the meat.

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