Freezing

With a little care, pork freezes well and will be just as tasty and juicy as fresh pork when cooked.

Food sealers are a great solution to long-term food storage needs. But if affordability is a concern, resealable freezer bags are a good option. When using resealable freezer bags, remove as much air as possible before sealing to prevent “freezer burn.”

Freezer burn is caused by a loss of moisture on the surface of food. Meat that has freezer burn will have a dry discolored surface and when cooked, it will be tough and taste bland.

Freezing Tips

  • Use frozen pork within the recommended time for best flavour and texture.
  • Pork cuts wrapped in plastic can be frozen as purchased for up to two weeks.
  • For prolonged frozen storage, use moisture-proof, airtight packaging to prevent freezer burn. Label and date packages.
  • Remove as much air as possible from freezer bags before sealing.
  • Cover sharp bones with extra protection before wrapping to that the bones don’t poke a hole through the package.
  • When freezing pork steaks, chops and patties, place a layer of waxed paper in-between each one to make it easy to separate them when defrosting.
  • It is not recommended to freeze processed pork products like ham.
  • If freezing leftover cooked pork or dishes made with pork, cool the dish (uncovered) at room temperature, then cover tightly and place in freezer within an hour after cooking.
  • Use frozen pork within the recommended time for best flavour and texture.

Manitoba Pork represents 613 Manitoba hog farms

Manitoba Pork

Manitoba Pork’s office at 28 Terracon Place is open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. However, please minimize person-to-person contact by emailing or phoning in requests for information, ear tags, and other resources. Contact us by phone, fax, email or regular mail.


Tel: 204-237-7447
Fax: 204-237-9831
Email: info@manitobapork.com

28 Terracon Place
Winnipeg, MB, Canada
R2J 4G7