Product Review: Carnitas Seasoned Pork Shoulder Roast

 

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I’m always on the lookout for new products at Aldi. They normally have a handy blue label on the shelf that says “New at Aldi” so it isn’t too difficult! This makes it easy to differentiate between “Aldi Finds” which are often new products but that are only available at Aldi for a short period of time and may never be available again once the store has sold out of them. New at Aldi products should be available weekly.

I like their marinated pork loin so I thought this would be worth a try. At only $2.49/lb, even if it wasn’t my favorite, it would be fine for dinner one night.

I had a lot of taco ingredients on hand from previous shops so I decided to make tacos with it. I picked a night when I was going to be out until later to make it so I put it in the slow cooker on a bed of sliced onions for 8 hours on low (longer would be fine but I work from home so I just put it up at noon to have at 8pm). When I got home, I removed it from the slow cooker and shredded it. Then I drained out about half of the juice from the slow cooker and discarded it. I put the carnitas back into the slow cooker and tossed with the juices. If you want a more authentic carnitas texture, I would spread it in a thin layer on a foil-lined baking sheet and broil for about 2 minutes until it crisps up a bit. I skipped this step because it was late and I was hungry! I’ve done this trick before and it really does work so if you have a couple of minutes to spare, it is worth doing.

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The carnitas-seasoned pork really shredded easily and was pretty lean. I’m always worried about these pre-packed marinated meats that may be be a huge pocket of fat lurking in the package that you can’t see but that was not this case. Just really tender, juicy meat. It made great tacos and I used the leftovers to make a yummy hash (similar to this one I made with pulled pork) the next day. Normally I like to flavor my own meat for tacos but you really can’t beat marinated meat for convenience (hence my reliance on the marinated pork loins when my husband has late classes) and this one really is tasty. I’d totally buy it again. Is it exactly like the perfect carnitas you’d get at a restaurant? No. It is it just as good as something you’d whip up at home on a weeknight? Probably so.

It is in one of those vacuum-sealed packages so it would be great to freeze too, you can just pop it in the freezer directly from the store. Perfect for building an easy dinner stash.

Two thumbs up!

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