We’ve all been there. Sometimes, you overestimate how hungry your guests are going to be. Others, you make a little bit of extra food in the hopes of tiding you over for the week. Either way, sometimes, leftovers happen. Today, we’re going to answer an age-old question: What should you do with pork leftovers?
How do I store it?
Any kind of leftover pork can either be put in the refrigerator or frozen. When storing, be sure to keep it in an airtight container or Ziploc bag and take all meat off the bone.
How long can I keep it?
Before you can do anything else, you’ll need to know how long it’s safe to eat your leftovers after cooking. According to Health Canada’s website, cooked pork keeps anywhere from 3-4 days in the refrigerator, to 2-3 months in the freezer. So, if you’re not planning on eating those leftovers right away, be sure to freeze them!
So, what can I do with leftover pork?
Whether it’s ham, bacon, or anything else, the possibilities are endless! Here are just a few of our favourite ideas:
- Soup Stock – If any of your meat had bones in it, make sure they don’t go to waste. While not as widely used as, chicken or beef broth it’s equally as delicious.
- Chef’s Salad – Filling, classic, and best of all, no reheating required! We recommend this traditional Chef’s Salad recipe.
- Fried Rice – Cut your leftover roasted pork into a fine dice to add flavour to this delicious dish.
- Cuban Sandwich – Try this delicious take on a ham and cheese sandwich.
If you’d like even more ideas about what to do with your leftovers, be sure to check out Pork Be Inspired’s 11 Recipe Ideas for Leftover Pork Tenderloin, and the Spruce’s article on Using Leftover Bacon.
About Spragg’s Meat Shop Spragg’s Meat Shop is a family-owned and operated business located in Rosemary, Alberta. Greg and Bonnie Spragg raise hogs, process, and market their pork products direct to Albertan consumers. Spragg’s works hard to produce the best pork for Albertans, from the day the pigs are born, to the day the pork chops are cut, bacon is enjoyment eating their pork as they do getting it to your table.