Consumers now have a new cooking tool. The Pork Kitchen Companion. This checkoff-funded booklet offers pork cooking advice, tips and recipe ideas.

The Pork Information Bureau joined a group of chefs and meat experts to create the brochure. It features essential how-to information for purchasing and preparing pork, provides quick details on six types of fresh pork, including a recipe for each. Plus, the brochure explains the meatcase and provides a pull-out with a pork-cuts chart and details for final internal temperatures and approximate cooking time for each type of pork cut. 

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

A recent 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, home cooks say they lack basic meat cooking knowledge. According to the survey, two-thirds (66 percent) of Americans hesitate to cook large roasts or unfamiliar cuts of meat because they aren't sure how to prepare them.

You can see this brochure on the Internet at www.porkboard.org or can order a copy by calling the Producer Service Center at 800-456-PORK.