Roasted pork shoulder is a staple for Cubans on Christmas Eve (Noche Buena) or anytime of the year. A bone-in pork shoulder and some total seasoning (sazonador total) is the simple combination that will have your children licking their plates and make your dog jealous.
The Problem: As kids grow, they begin to realize they want snacks instead of dinner.
The Solution: Flood the entire house with the aroma of roasted bone-in pork shoulder. This will be in the oven all day so start early and make sure someone is around to watch it.
I don’t remember if we have a pork shoulder in the basement freezer and I don’t feel like digging through the freezer to check. I checked my food inventory database and we had one in there! It will have to thaw in the fridge for about 2-3 days.
The night before: All we need is one 8-10 pound bone-in (picnic) pork shoulder, pam spray (or olive oil), and some Goya total seasoning. Place pork shoulder on a large cutting board and score the fat cap multiple times diagonally.
This will allow you to easily pick at the “pork cracklings” on the top.
Spray pam all over the shoulder (or rub olive oil on it) and season it well. Cover and store in the fridge over night.
Day of: It will take a little less than an hour per pound of pork at 300F. Set the oven to 300F and place the pork shoulder on a rack in a roasting pan. Insert the end of the wireless meat thermometer into the shoulder. Let it cook for 4 hours uncovered and then covered with thick aluminum foil. Once it reaches an internal temperature of 185F, remove the aluminum foil and crank up the oven temperature to 425F. This will crisp the outside and the fat cap on top. Remove the pork when the thermometer reaches 200F internally. Let it rest for 15 minutes before carving on a cutting board.
The Problem: Opening and digging through a smaller chest freezer. Also, need a way to keep track of food inventory for quarantine.
The Solution: A database accessible from my phone to add, remove, update, or delete items. At the grocery I can see what I have or don’t have at home.
|2||Steak Ribeye||Giant||16||Meat||Downstairs Freezer||November 5, 2020|
|4||Chicken Pot Pie||Marie Callenders||10||Meat||Downstairs Freezer||November 5, 2020|
|1||Turkey Ground||Natures Promise||16||Meat||Downstairs Freezer||November 5, 2020|
|1||Sausage Turkey Breakfast||Applegate||7||Meat||Downstairs Freezer||November 5, 2020|
|5||Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich||Nestle||4||Snack||Downstairs Freezer||November 5, 2020|
|3||Burger||Rastelli||5||Meat||Downstairs Freezer||November 5, 2020|
|2||Beef Ground||Generic||20||Meat||Downstairs Freezer||October 13, 2020|
|1||Chuck Roast||Giant||37||Meat||Downstairs Freezer||October 13, 2020|
|1||Broccoli Cheese Nuggets||Earths Best||8||Vegetable||Downstairs Freezer||October 10, 2020|
|1||Meatballs Angus||Cooked Perfect||20||Meat||Downstairs Freezer||October 10, 2020|
|1||French Fries Crinkle Cut||Market Pantry||32||Vegetable||Downstairs Freezer||October 10, 2020|
|1||Chicken Breast||Generic||20||Meat||Downstairs Freezer||September 30, 2020|
|1||Ice Cream Mint Chocolate Chip||Hersheys||48||Snack||Downstairs Freezer||September 30, 2020|
|1||Broccoli Florets||Generic||32||Vegetable||Downstairs Freezer||September 30, 2020|
|1||Cauliflower||Giant||16||Vegetable||Downstairs Freezer||September 30, 2020|
|1||Veggie Tots||McCain||12||Vegetable||Upstairs Freezer||September 28, 2020|
|2||Chicken Cordon Bleu||Barber Foods||5||Meat||Downstairs Freezer||September 28, 2020|
|1||Bacon Classic Cut||Hatfield||16||Meat||Downstairs Freezer||September 22, 2020|
|2||Bacon Hickory Thick||Hatfield||16||Meat||Downstairs Freezer||September 22, 2020|
|1||Chicken Breast BBQ Cook In Bag||Giant||32||Meat||Downstairs Freezer||September 22, 2020|
OUT OF STOCK:
|0||Bacon Hickory||Generic||16||Meat||Downstairs Freezer||November 5, 2020|
|0||Brussel Sprouts||Green Giant||10||Vegetable||Downstairs Freezer||November 5, 2020|
|0||Steak New York Strip||Giant||10||Meat||Downstairs Freezer||November 5, 2020|
|0||Pork Loin Fillet||Adaptable Meats||32||Meat||Downstairs Freezer||November 5, 2020|
|0||French Fries Straight Cut||Ore Ida||32||Vegetable||Downstairs Freezer||October 10, 2020|
|0||Pizza Pepperoni||Digiorno||0||Other||Downstairs Freezer||October 10, 2020|
|0||Pizza Three Cheese||Red Baron||18||Other||Downstairs Freezer||October 10, 2020|
|0||Burger||Chophouse||4||Meat||Upstairs Freezer||September 22, 2020|
|0||Burger Angus||Miami Beef||5||Meat||Downstairs Freezer||September 22, 2020|
|0||Corn||Green Giant||10||Vegetable||Downstairs Freezer||September 15, 2020|
|0||Carrots||Green Giant||10||Vegetable||Downstairs Freezer||September 15, 2020|
|0||Key Lime Pie||Edwards||5||Snack||Downstairs Freezer||September 8, 2020|
|0||Meatballs Angus||Cooked Perfect||20||Meat||Upstairs Freezer||September 6, 2020|
|0||English Muffins Honey Wheat||Thomas||12||Bread||Downstairs Freezer||September 4, 2020|
|0||Ice Cream Mint Chocolate Chip||Turkey Hill||48||Snack||Upstairs Freezer||September 4, 2020|
|0||Italian Bread||Maiers||20||Bread||Downstairs Freezer||September 4, 2020|
|0||Ice Cream Mint Chocolate Chip||Greens||48||Snack||Downstairs Freezer||August 26, 2020|
|0||Ice Cream Philadelphia Vanilla||Greens||48||Snack||Downstairs Freezer||August 26, 2020|
|0||Broccoli Cauliflower Carrots||Generic||16||Vegetable||Downstairs Freezer||August 26, 2020|
|0||Chicken Breast Adobo Marinated||Generic||16||Meat||Downstairs Freezer||August 16, 2020|
I customized the WordPress plugin “Participants Database” to Create, Read, Update, and Delete food items. Anyone can add items but a WordPress login is required to update or delete food items.