All the trimmings with pork this Christmas in July

All the trimmings with pork this Christmas in July

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Why not have a mid-year celebration. Roast pork's on the Christmas in July menu, so pick up a pork roast, prep some veggies, find some old decorations and serve up a festive feast.

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There's nothing like a pork roast loin for dinner.

There's nothing like a pork roast loin for dinner.

Why not make an opportunity during this coldish winter and July arriving already.

Temperature's dropped and restrictions are slowly lifting, so now's the perfect time to prepare for Christmas in July.

This 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.

Turn your crispy crackling roast pork into a festive taste with spiced cherry sauce.

Turn your crispy crackling roast pork into a festive taste with spiced cherry sauce.

Australian Pork Limited CEO, Margo Andrae, said while we don't always celebrate the arrival of winter in Australia, this year we needed to find the silver linings and ways to make the everyday more interesting.

"So, we're encouraging all 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 or go to https://www.pork.com.au/recipe/roasted-pork-loin-with-pancetta-pine-nut-sage-stuffing/1559/ and https://www.pork.com.au/recipe/crispy-roasted-pork-with-spiced-cherry-sauce/344/

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