Pork Shoulder Primal

Prequistite: Raising Hogs Lesson

Earn Range® Meat Cutter Pork Shoulder competency badges by completing the Pork Shoulder Primal Meat Cutter course, watching videos and participating in course activities.

Skills

  • The student will identify the location of the pork shoulder primal and understand the key features.
  • The student will learn the pork shoulder primal yield contribution.
  • The student will identify the key bones and glands of the pork shoulder primal, and understand how to use these landmarks to make the correct cuts.
  • The student will learn basic cutting methods and techniques to cut the pork shoulder primal using either a handsaw or a bandsaw.
  • The student will learn how to safely use a bandsaw including how to use the guide plate and pusher plate.
  • The student will learn how to cut the popular cuts from the pork shoulder using the proper tools.
  • The student will learn how to debone the pork shoulder into retail cuts using the proper tools.
  • The student will learn merchant tips helpful in marketing, displaying and promoting the pork shoulder.
  • The student will become familiar with the IMPS and UPC numbers.
  • The student will become familiar with the Latin names for the pork shoulder retail cuts.
  • The student will learn how to make pork sausage in several forms.
  • The student will learn how to add value to the pork shoulder through muscle separation.
  • The student will become familiar with popular types of charcuterie and salumi.

Course Activities & Aids

  • 7 Instructional Cutting Videos with Kari Underly
  • Cut Steps and Merchant Tips to support the videos
  • Interactive Icons and Charts
  • Cut Charts & Study Aids
  • 9 Competency Badges

Course Assessments

  • Knowledge Check Questions – throughout lesson to support pork shoulder learnings and prepare for Final Pork Quiz
  • Fifteen-item Random Question Final Pork Quiz after completing  the Pork Shoulder Lesson and reviewing the Study Aids – Must pass with  80% accuracy.

Author:  Kari Underly

Photo Credits:  © Range® Inc., © The Pork Board, © Jennifer Marx Photography, © Adobe Stock Art

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