Pork Medallions with Capers and Olives, and Why I’ll Never Raise Pigs Again.

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Pork with capers and olives

This recipe is flavor packed but quick enough for a weeknight. Pork with capers and olives, a savory combo that tastes great!

Yesterday was the day I’ve been waiting for since November. Back in November we picked up a few 60lbs feeder pigs to raise for their porky goodness. Yesterday we picked up our perfectly cut, portioned and wrapped pork from one of the local butcher shops.

The piggies in their pen the day we brought them home.

This is the second year we have raised a few pigs. We keep one for us, we raise one for the farmer who gives us the pigs and we sell the extra pig to friends of ours. Last year after we raised 4 pigs through a very cold winter, I swore I would never do pigs again. This year I decided that maybe it would be ok to have pigs if we only had 3. After raising 3 pigs over a mild winter I have decided that my original thought of never raising pigs again was the correct train of thought.

While I really, really like pork, I do not like raising pigs. I wrote myself a little list of why I won’t raise pigs again, I will revisit this list next fall when I start thinking maybe pigs wouldn’t be so bad. In the mean time I thought I would share it with you. 2019 update- We have held fast to never raising pigs again!

10 Reasons I will never raise pigs again.

1. Dairy cows take up most of our time. I also already have chickens and horses. Adding a new species of animal adds more chores. I don’t need more chores.

2. The area we have available for pigs is not set up for pigs. The skid loader doesn’t fit in the building and I have to shovel the pig’s pen out by hand. This job sucks!

3. Pigs like to play with things, especially their water bucket. When water hits pig poop it expands by about 10,000. I understand why legit pig farmers have much better setups than what we have.

4. Pigs bite. While I don’t think pigs are in any means vicious, they like to see what things taste like. I don’t care for pig bites.

5. Raising pigs is expensive, they can’t just live off of scraps. We had to buy pig feed for them and out of date bread and sweets from a local bakery outlet to try and keep feed costs down.

6. Pigs like to dump their water buckets. I know I said this already but it really ticks me off when they do it!

7. It is cheaper to buy pork from the store than it is to grow your own. Even without factoring in the extra time it takes to do pig chores.

8. Pigs are crazy loud! They get louder when they are upset at you. Pigs seem to get upset easily.

9. Loading pigs to take them to the butcher at 6am may be the leading cause of divorce for farm couples who are not morning people and do not work well together. Hubs and I fall into that category.

10. Most importantly, I trust pork farmers. They really are doing a great job caring for their animals. I have found zero benefit in going through the work of raising pigs when I can buy the cuts I want, when I want them, for less money at the store like everyone else.

Pork with capers and olives

Pork with Capers and Olives Recipe

So now that I have lots of pork cuts hanging out in the freezer, I will be making my favorite pork with capers and olives recipe soon and I thought I would share it with you! (Check out my Chipotle Garlic Country Style Ribs for another porktastic recipe!)

Pork Medallions with Capers and Kalamata Olives

Servings

4 servings

Prep time

15 minutes

Cooking time

30 minutes

Pork with capers and olives Ingredients

  • 2lbs thin cut boneless pork chops or loin

  • 1Tbs pepper

  • 1 cup flour

  • 1Tbs Olive oil

  • 3/4 cup Dry white wine

  • 3/4 cup chicken stock

  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped kalamata olives

  • 2Tbs Capers

Directions

  • If using boneless pork loin, slice into 1/4″ medallions. If using thin cut boneless chops, pound chops to 1/4″ thickness.
  • Add flour and pepper to a gallon zip top bag and toss. Add pork and toss to coat. Remove pork from bag and shake off excess flour.
  • Add half of the olive oil to a pan over medium high heat. Add half of pork, and cook 2 minutes on each side or until done. Remove pork mixture from pan and repeat procedure with the remaining oil and pork.
  • Add all the pork back to the pan. Then add wine, stock, olives and capers to the pan. Allow to simmer until the liquid is reduce and thickened.
  • Serve with sauce drizzled over pork medallions.
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14 Comments on Pork Medallions with Capers and Olives, and Why I’ll Never Raise Pigs Again.

  1. Jodi
    March 26, 2012 at 1:08 pm (7 years ago)

    Hahaha! # 10 is awesome 🙂

    • DairyCarrie
      March 26, 2012 at 1:13 pm (7 years ago)

      #10 is a true story! This year went better than last year!

  2. Mark Lathrop
    March 26, 2012 at 1:37 pm (7 years ago)

    We promise to remind you next fall why you love pigs so much…You crack me up Dairy Carrie aka Pork Farmer Carrie!

    • DairyCarrie
      March 26, 2012 at 1:52 pm (7 years ago)

      I would like to think that this year’s memory won’t fade as fast but I know it’s me and anything is possible.

  3. Angela H
    March 26, 2012 at 1:41 pm (7 years ago)

    This made me laugh out loud at work! Love it!

    • DairyCarrie
      March 26, 2012 at 1:52 pm (7 years ago)

      Thank God for Bacon!

  4. Barrows Farm
    March 26, 2012 at 2:01 pm (7 years ago)

    Carrie, you and I think alike! I can’t stand pigs!!!!!! And I am not sure if we will even manage to get to number 10 without a divorce and a few choice angry words!!!

    Pigs are so destructive. Cows can be too but at least they don’t drive you insane with all that noise. Pigs just don’t smell the same either. I love the smell of cow manure and pig s#%t just smells foul and wrong!

    They do taste good and look great lined up on the freezer shelves but I think this whole pig farmer thing is better left for people who are half deaf, blind and have no sense of smell!

    I am sure I will be posting some interesting stories as time goes on about our “rescue pig” (release sigh here) as I question what I got myself into!

    • DairyCarrie
      March 26, 2012 at 2:21 pm (7 years ago)

      Again all I can say is thank God for Bacon!

  5. Eddie Borst
    March 26, 2012 at 2:57 pm (7 years ago)

    We all know that when Fall comes around it doesn’t matter what we or Hubs has to say, once you make up your mind you are just as stubborn as…….a pig! Hehehe

  6. Mandy Deveno
    March 26, 2012 at 4:02 pm (7 years ago)

    Ha……I know you. You will have pigs again. You like the punishment. Thanks for the good laugh!

  7. Diane Griffin
    March 26, 2012 at 7:07 pm (7 years ago)

    Love the list! We had pigs ONE summer!

  8. Steph
    March 27, 2012 at 2:00 pm (7 years ago)

    Lol Thanks for the heads up about pigs! Sounds like they have given you some interesting stories.. and maybe not sooo great memories!! I love bacon but I am 100% sure that I will not be raising pigs! To all the people brave and patient enough to raise pigs … THANK YOU!! I will be more than happy to support your business! 🙂

  9. Laura in VT
    April 5, 2012 at 6:56 pm (7 years ago)

    Haha! Thanks for the laugh, Carrie! I always say cows are worse than teenagers with all the trouble they get into… haven’t had pigs for over 20 years but hubby mentions it once in a while. I’ll have to print your top 10 list! 🙂