I absolutely love slow cooking meat, I love the way it just falls off the bone, there is nothing better than on a Sunday popping some meat in the low temperature oven with little prep beforehand (just a few herbs and spices) for 4 or so hours and then coming back and a you have yourself a delicious, succulent and tender meat, a perfect main to a sunday roast for buddies, sideline it with some awesome roast potatoes (I love my version of these here) and some steamed greens.
My fragrant slow cooked pork shoulder is a winner. I picked up an organic free range shoulder from my new butcher who I love (Sam The Butcher – if you are in Sydney you can order online), by being good quality at least you know that the piggies have had a nicer life and not kept inside, they are also not full to the brim of nasty hormones and have been bred with a more holistic approach, “Eat animals who have eaten well themselves” Michael Pollan.
Pork is so wonderful for you too. It is full of a selection of B-Vitamins (B1, B6 and B12) which are so important for so many functions in your body.
Why is this dish good for you:
Slow cooking pork shoulder releases all of the healing gelatin from the bones, this is a great aid for sore joints and muscles. The tender meat provided by the slow cooking process allows your body to digest the protein in a easier way so you don’t get that bloated feeling after eating.
B1 (thiamin) is the water soluble vitamin that helps (along with other vitamins and minerals) release the energy we get from food, it helps maintain good nervous system function and we can become deficient in by drinking alcohol and stress related symptoms, muscle weakness and mental confusion can be signs of a lack of these vitamins.
B6 (pyridoxine) is the the vitamin that helps with protein metabolism (one of the most important functions in your body), it aids in insulin productions (so will help if maintain a steady blood/glucose level) as well as help with your production of haemoglobin (blood) in your body, lack of it you can suffer from depression, confusion and dermatitis.
B12 is only available through animal products it helps in building our genetic material and the production of normal red blood cells. Some vegetarian and vegans can often be deficient in B12 and would definitely require supplementation. Symptoms of this deficiency can include anaemia, fatigue, neurological disorders, numbness and tingling. As B vitamins are water soluble (meaning the body only takes what it needs then excretes the rest in your urine) they need to constantly be replaced, one way of doing this is getting some pork on your fork on a weekly basis!
Let me know if you try this recipe. I think you might like it.