Pork Buyer's Guide

Resources for buying natural pork.

"Enhanced" Pork: Because lean pork can dry out so quickly when cooked, many manufacturers sell something called "enhanced" pork. It is injected with a solution of water, salt and phosphates. The percentage of water is usually around 8 to 10 percent. It has a soft, rubbery texture and a slightly acrid or bitter taste. In addition, you are purchasing water at meat prices and adding sodium to your diet. I prefer to rely on my own brining or proper cooking techniques to make pork juicy.

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