Can you eat pork raw?

In this article, we will answer the question, “Can you eat pork raw?” We will also let you know how risky it is to eat pork raw. We then talk about the safest states to consume pork.

Can you eat pork raw?

No, you cannot eat pork raw. This will be the most dangerous thing to do. Raw pork is a reservoir of deadly parasites and other microorganisms.

If you haven’t heard of Trichinellosis, then understand that it is a lethal parasitic infection that is caused by a parasite that lives in the muscles of pigs. Hence, you eating raw pork would succeed in getting the larvae of this parasite into your small intestines.

The larvae would emerge from their protective cysts due to the action of enzymes and stomach acid. The larvae would travel out of the small intestine and burrow into your muscles causing a huge discomfort and pain. We will discuss these effects in detail soon.

What exactly would happen to me if I ate raw pork?

Of all effects, eating raw pork will infect you with the Trichinella parasite including other infections such as salmonellosis, yersiniosis, listeriosis, and infections involving staphylococcus aureus and not excluding campylobacteriosis.

The usual symptoms of these parasitic infections include stomach pains, diarrhea, fever, muscle pain, dehydration, and weight loss.

If you eat raw pork, you will experience digestive disorders characterized by a bloated stomach and diarrhea. 

Why do some people go in for raw pork?

Many people are of the notion that raw pork is more nutritious than cooked pork. It is believed that heat destroys some heat-sensitive nutrients such as protein, enzymes, and vitamins. Hence eating pork raw preserves these nutrients.

It is believed that raw pork would supply the body with more calories than cooked pork. This is believed to increase energy levels including libido. Some also choose raw pork over cooked pork due to their love for the taste, and texture of raw meat.

Are there some circumstances in which I can eat raw pork without health issues?

Yes, you can consume raw pork with little to zero health concerns if you take a few safety measures into consideration ab initio. Of late, most pork does not contain the Trichinella parasite due to proper hygienic practices in rearing pork.

Ensure that pigs are fed with clean feed, and clean water and are kept in a clean environment. Adopting these good animal husbandry practices can guarantee the safety of pork.

It is critical that slaughterhouses are kept tidy and sterile, and all equipment for slaughtering and preservation must be entirely clean. Good handling and storage practices cannot be underestimated if one wants quality and safe pork.

What are the cooking techniques I can also employ to make my pork safe for consumption?

You can cook your pork by any of the following methods;

Roasting

  1. Set up your oven to a temperature of 300 degrees Fahrenheit.
  1. Get the pork from the refrigerator and put it in warm water to defrost it.
  1. Reduce the moisture content of the pork by bloating with a paper towel.
  1. Chop your pork into sizable pieces and sprinkle some spices and salt over the cuts.
  1. Defat your pork and reserve the fat for other purposes.
  1. Put the pork in a roasting saucepan and roast it to an internal temperature of 140 degrees Fahrenheit and above.
  1. Check the doneness using a digital cooking thermometer.
  1. When the pork is done, remove the roasted pieces and let them rest for about 30 minutes. You are good to go now.

Grilling

You can also choose to grill your pork to a temperature of 145 degrees.

In brief, you can grill your pork by following the steps below;

  1. Get your grill grates ready.
  1. Put your pork in a salt solution for about 30 minutes.
  1. Pat the pork with a paper tissue to remove excess water
  1. Season the pork with spices.
  1. Grill the pork cuts on high heat for about 3 minutes on both faces. Then bring the temperature to medium and grill for about 8 minutes.
  1. Check the doneness temperature using a digital cooking thermometer.

You can also employ other cooking techniques such as frying, cooking, steaming, and boiling. For more information, please click here

Conclusion

In this article, we have answered the question, “Can you eat pork raw?” We have also discussed the health hazards of eating raw pork. We have also mentioned the good hygienic practices you can adopt to obtain safe and quality pork. We then discussed in brief the cooking techniques you can adopt to get your pork to a consumable state.

We hope this blog cleared the doubts you had about eating raw pork. Do not hesitate to ask further questions regarding this blog, we are available to help.

References

https://www.thekitchn.com/grilled-pork-chops-268342

https://www.webmd.com/diet/is-it-safe-to-eat-rare-pork

Hi, I am Charlotte, I love cooking and in my previous life, I was a chef. I bring some of my experience to the recipes on this hub and answer your food questions.