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The Instacart guide to shoulder picnic roasts


About shoulder picnic roasts

Also referred to as a picnic roast, the shoulder picnic roast is a cut of pork from — you guessed it — the shoulder of a pig. Since a pig walks on all fours, however, this shoulder is actually the joint of a leg and is quite muscular from the weight that it carries while the pig moves about. This translates to a cut of meat that, when properly cooked, can be incredibly flavorful and tender with a distinct texture and chew. 

The anatomy of a pig can be quite confusing, but a good butcher can guide you in the right direction. If you find yourself in the supermarket facing a virtual (yet delicious) word soup of pork choices, it can be helpful to understand that a pork shoulder and a shoulder picnic roast are virtually synonymous, and the naming conventions vary regionally. 

It should be noted that the pork butt, also from the pork shoulder, is a cut from a thicker, more marbled end of the shoulder. Shoulder picnic roasts tend to be from a leaner area of the shoulder and are suited to be cooked whole and sliced, while pork butt is often the central player in pulled pork recipes. That said, all three of these cuts can be used interchangeably in a pinch. 

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FAQs About Shoulder Picnic Roasts

The minimum temperature at which pork is ready to eat is 145 degrees Fahrenheit. Pork cooked to between 150 and 155 degrees is considered medium, 155 to 160 is medium-well, and anything over 160 degrees is well done. Generally, the higher temperatures are appropriate for ground pork, as overcooking larger cuts of pork will dry out the meat and render it somewhat flavorless. 

With its high protein and vitamin content, pork can be an excellent addition to any diet in moderation. The protein in pork is considered high quality, with a high amino acid content creating the ideal building blocks for creating new muscle. Pork is loaded with an abundance of B vitamins essential for brain function and the creation of new blood cells. Iron, zinc, and selenium all have positive health benefits that can be extended to the body through a diet where pork is included in moderation. 

If you purchase pork and realize you won't be able to cook it for several days, moving it to the freezer will not cause any problems. While some food loses its flavor when frozen, thawed pork that's cooked in the oven, on the grill, or in the smoker tends to do very well at maintaining its flavor and juiciness. 

Leftover prepared pork can also be frozen to serve at a later date. Frozen portions can be kept in the freezer for three to four months. Uncooked cuts of pork such as shoulder picnic roast can remain frozen even longer, as long as it's wrapped securely. 

Whether you're preparing a savory pork dish today or in the future, Instacart makes it easy to stock up on everything you need for a memorable meal. Your groceries can be at your door in as little as 2 hours!
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