9/1/09

Product Review: Hormel Pork Loins

Not one to regularly purchase 'prepared' foods I gave in about 6-8 months ago and bought a Hormel Pork Loin because they were on sale at the time. I first chose the mesquite flavored and prepared two of them for our family of 5 that includes 3 teenagers. The flavor was absolutely delicious and it was hit with my family which is interesting because my husband doesn't care for pork products other than bacon and my own Southern Style BBQ Sandwiches.


In my local store they regularly sell for $9.99 each, which when you have to buy two to feed a large family, isn't very economical so I didn't buy them again for a bit until they went on sale, 'buy one get one free'. Unfortunately they were almost sold out so I bought regular, unmarinated, baked with salt and pepper and few of my own BBQ flavored herbs and spices and served with Country Bob's Sauce. Served with a side of garlic mashed potatoes and homemade bread, it was delicious!

They were on sale for $7.99 again last week so I picked up a couple more and this time, with more flavors to choose from, I was able to try the lemon garlic version. It was.... absolutely incredible. My husband won't touch pork chops but went back for seconds on this product.

Moist and flavorful, it was and is a favorite of our family. Last night I served it with rosemary sprinkled potatoes drizzled with olive oil and steamed broccoli with butter, salt and pepper.


From their website here are the Product Features and cooking directions with a note from me at the bottom:

* Patented tenderizing process
* Made only from the finest cuts of meat
* Consistent flavor & texture

Cooking Directions

Conventional Oven: Remove pork from wrapper. Place filet on shallow baking pan. Bake in a preheated 350°F oven for 40-45 minutes or until a meat thermometer inserted into the thickest portion of the meat registers 155°-160°F. Let meat rest 5 minutes before slicing.

Grill: Heat grill. Remove pork from wrapper. Place filet on grill. Grill over medium heat for 35-40 minutes, turning occasionally, or until a meat thermometer inserted into the thickest portion of the meat registers 155°-160°F. Let meat rest 5 minutes before slicing.

Exact Weight: 1.7 pounds

Servings: 4-5

My notation to this is that each time I've made it I've never found 45 minutes to be sufficient cooking time. I have found cooking them for about an hour to be more realistic and last night, with potatoes baking at the same time, I raised the temperature to 375 after 40 minutes and baked it a total of 1 hour and 15 minutes. It was perfectly moist, tender and cooked to perfection. Please use their 45 minute cook time as a guide but check it before serving.

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