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The 4 Things You Need in Order to Make Perfect Pork Chops - Shopping

The 4 Things You Need in Order to Make Perfect Pork Chops - Shopping
From The Kitchn - September 13, 2017

It's not hard to make the most tender, juiciest pork chops you have ever had. Trust uswe help readers do it all the time. In fact, our post about how to make pork chops is consistently one of our most popular posts, week after week.

See the steps: How To Cook Tender & Juicy Pork Chops in the Oven

Luckily, aside from some great instructions and, well, some pork chops, you do not really need all that much. Here are the four things you will need. Bonus: You will use them for more than just pork chops on a weekly (sometimes even daily) basis in the kitchen.

1. Good-but-inexpensive olive oil

You do not need expensive, fancy-pants olive oil here. A good bottle from the supermarket will do. (We suggest giving this a read: Our Favorite Grocery Store Olive Oil.) You will want to rub both sides of your pork chops with olive oil before adding your salt and pepper. Why? Because fat is a carrier of flavor and can aid in browning, crisping, and caramelizing. All things you want with a pork chop!

Buy: California Olive Ranch Olive Oil, from $15 for 16.9 ounces

2. A shallow dish

This is not even totally necessary unless you plan on brining your pork chops (an optional step!). Brining adds flavor and ensures juiciness in the finished chopeven if you just do it for brief period of time. That's where this glass baking dish comes in. Place the pork chops in the dish and pour the brine so that it covers the meat. Cover the dish and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

3. A large cast iron skillet

4. Sturdy tongs

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