Consumers now have a new cooking tool, the Pork Kitchen Companion, which offers pork cooking advice, tips and recipe ideas.

The Pork Information Bureau teamed up with a group of chefs and meat experts to create the Pork Kitchen Companion. It features essential how-to information for purchasing and preparing pork, provides quick details on six types of fresh pork cuts, including a recipe for each.

The brochure also explains what to look for at the meat case, including a pull-out section with a pork-cuts chart; details for final internal temperatures and approximate cooking times for each type of pork cut.

“For Americans accustomed to convenience foods and microwave meals, cooking unfamiliar meat cuts can be intimidating,” explains Tom Floy, a National Pork Board member and a pork producer from Thornton, Iowa. “Our research shows that American consumers need guidance on how to prepare pork.”

An NPB survey shows rising interest in home cooking. More than half of Americans (56 percent) say they are cooking more today than they did two years ago. However, they also say they lack basic meat cooking knowledge. Two-thirds of survey respondents say they hesitate to cook large roasts or unfamiliar cuts of meat because they aren’t sure how to prepare them.

You can see the Pork Kitchen Companion on the Internet at www.porkboard.org or you can order a copy by calling NPB’s Producer Service Center at (800) 456-PORK.