‘Tis the other Season to be Jolly
The temperature has dropped, the restrictions are lifting, so now’s the perfect time to prepare for Christmas in July.
2020 has been a difficult year for many, so it’s time to find the joy, gather your loved ones or housemates and serve up a crackling-crusted roast pork.
Australian Pork Limited CEO, Margo Andrae, said any time is a good time to get some pork on your fork, but faux festivities could bring much-needed light relief this year.
“While we don’t always celebrate the arrival of winter in Australia, this year we need to find the silver linings and ways to make the everyday more interesting. So, we’re encouraging you to mark that very auspicious occasion of Christmas in July,” she said.
“Of course, be COVID-19 safe and follow your state restrictions but why not spread some season’s greetings. Pick up a pork roast, prep some veggies, find some old decorations and serve up a festive feast.”
While roast dinners may look fancy, Ms Andrae said the real secret to success was just a little preparation.
“A pork roast with a crackling crown will impress your diners, but the truth is achieving perfect crackle is really very simple,” she said.
“To get crispy crackling, you need four things: a dry rind, salt, oil and heat. Once it’s in the oven and your sides are prepped, you can sit back and enjoy your faux Christmas.”
A wide range of pork cuts can deliver beautiful crackling, with cuts like pork loin and pork belly being easy enough for a beginner cook.
“This year has been a difficult one for all of us, but our producers and the 35,000 people working in the Australian pork industry hope that a roast pork centrepiece for Christmas in July might bring some much-needed joy,” Ms Andrae said.
“And if you’re not up to doing a roast at home – or need a night off cooking – never fear, some restaurants, clubs and cafes are also jumping on board and serving up celebratory dishes for dine-in or takeaway.”
The Australian pork industry has been impacted by COVID-19 restrictions, particularly as around 25% of pork is sold through foodservice. This, along with temporary disruptions to the export market, weakened farmgate prices, but these are starting to stabilise.
For recipe inspiration, tips for a perfect roast and full cooking instructions, visit www.pork.com.au
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