Putting Some Pork on Your Fork With the 6-2-2 Method
Contrary to popular belief, your last name does not have to be Ramsey or Oliver in order to prepare a nutritious meal for the family.
It’s time to put an end to the idea that cooking is difficult, time consuming or bound to end in disaster.
Cooking with lean sources of protein such as pork, accompanied by vibrant colourful salads, provides a healthy meal option that can be eaten at anytime of the day.
Preparing meals that are both delicious and affordable is something you can do each and every night.
Use the 6-2-2 method to cook perfect pork steaks and impress your friends, family and more importantly, yourself.
Answering your pork questions
Is it healthy?
Pork is a highly nutritious meal option that is a great source of protein, vitamins, minerals and healthy omega-3 fatty acids that are essential for healthy brain function and glowing skin.
Is it fatty?
Pork that is cut from the loin, or tenderloin, is some of the leanest meat that you will find. Selecting pork from this area will help you lower the amount of saturated fat in each meal, while at the same time providing you with the protein needed to keep you happy, healthy and strong.
Do I need to cook the meat all the way through for it to be safe to eat?
As meat from the loin and tenderloin is very lean, cooking it all the way through will result in a dry and tough texture.
The quality of Australian Pork is of the highest level, so you can rest assured that the meat will always be easy to cook and safe to eat.
The techniques and practices of Australian farmers ensure that Australian pork will never need to be overcooked.
Keep the meat moist and succulent by following the 6-2-2 method and cook until there is just a hint of pink in the middle.
Does pork have a strong flavour?
Pork has its own unique and delicious flavour. Meat cut from the loin and tenderloin is more delicate compared to other cuts, and its mild taste makes it perfect for combining with spicy, savoury and sweet flavours.
Is pork difficult to cook?
Using the 6-2-2 method you will find that cooking pork is both easy and fast, providing you with a hassle free nutritious meal.
Cuts of pork
These options include the following steaks cut to 2cm thickness:
- Scotch fillet
Located at the shoulder, the scotch fillet can be roasted whole or cut down into smaller steaks perfect for pan-frying using the 6-2-2 method.
The scotch fillet is tender and bursting with flavour and its affordability makes it ideal for families.
The sirloin is another affordable cut of meat that is ideal for families. This meat is cut from the back of the loin.
Marinating the steak – before cooking – will add an extra kick of flavour and make the meat tender.
One of the most recognisable cuts of meat; the medallion is small and circular in shape.
This meat is usually cut from the tenderloin and is considered to be the healthiest option as it contains the least fat.
This meat has a mild flavour that goes well with herbs like rosemary and fennel or sweet sauces like apple and cranberry.
The porterhouse (formerly known as the loin chop) may contain both loin and tenderloin meat separated by a T-bone.
This cut of meat is lean and works well with other flavours, as it will not overpower any additional items in the meal.
Cooking the perfect Pork steak
Remove the meat from the fridge and bring it to room temperature before cooking
Cooking directly from the fridge will result in meat that is cooked on the outside, while relatively cold in the middle.
Bringing the meat to room temperature before adding it to the pan will ensure that it cooks evenly.
Preheat and add oil to the pan
Now is the time to add the spices or seasoning you desire.
Pork works extremely well with herbs and pepper, but nothing can beat a good old rub of salt to really bring out the juices and flavour.
The 6-2-2 method
Add the meat to the pan and cook on high for six minutes on one side.
After six minutes, turn the steak over and cook for another two minutes on the other side.
Remove the meat from the pan and let it rest uncovered on a plate in a warm area (not the fridge). Resting your meat for two minutes after cooking will allow for it to hold on to the delicious juices after cutting.
And that’s it! Yes, it’s that easy.
Healthy cooking never seemed so easy, it’s really a piece of cake (or pork). Armed with 6-2-2 method you’ll be able to prepare yourself a healthy meal everyday of the week. If you want to treat yourself to more delicious pork dishes, cooked by the professionals, visit your local Hog’s Breathe Café for the steak & pork rib combo, pork belly pasta or the Boss Hog pork ribs – go on, you deserve it.