The American Meat Institute has a new educational video that outlines the many different pork cuts available to consumers today.

While many consumers enjoy pork as a regular part of their diet, many are unfamiliar with the vast array of pork cuts. The video highlights the hog’s six primal cuts– the shoulder butt, loin, leg, side and picnic shoulder. It explains which primal cut produces the pork cuts that consumers see in the meat case.

It features Betsy Booren, director of scientific affairs of the AMI Foundation. The pork video follows AMI’s video on beef cuts, released last week.

“As many consumers shop for meat during the grilling season, it’s important to know about the many different cuts of pork available today, and how each should be properly cooked,” Booren says. “I hope the video encourages consumers to try a new cut they might just have learned about, too.”

The pork cuts video is the fourth installment of the new “Ask the Meat Scientist” series. AMI will continue to release a new video every Tuesday during the next month as part of its commitment to answer commonly asked questions about shopping, preparation, cooking and nutrition of various meat and poultry products.

In addition to the video, AMI’s companion brochure, “A Consumer’s Guide to the Meat Case,” offers a user-friendly grid detailing various cuts, their local and fanciful names and the best cooking methods for each. The free brochure can be downloaded here. 

  “There are so many different cuts and varieties of pork products - fresh cuts like pork chops and tenderloin, and cured products like ham and hot dogs – that consumers can sometimes become overwhelmed at the meat case. This video and brochure provide some helpful assistance when shopping for and cooking a particular cut of pork.”
To learn about the different cuts of pork and to watch the short video, visit AMI’s YouTube channel, The Meat News Network.