A pig's (nose to) tale - guanciale and pancetta

Discussion in 'Curing' started by atomicsmoke, Mar 29, 2016.

  1. atomicsmoke

    atomicsmoke Master of the Pit OTBS Member


    I used this Texel culture....first time. They say it helps with colour stabilisation, conversion of nitrates to nitrites and flavour development. Towards the end of the hanging stage I could still detect a wiff of "culture", you know yeast-like smell. Wasn't happy with it. A few days of rest in vacpac...and you can only smell well cured meat. Never had this deep slightly sweet cured meat aroma in my dried meats. Something close to what you smell in a fresh cut 18 months old prosciutto.

    Love it.

    Pancetta coming soon.
     
  2. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Looks great. Which Texel did you go with, SA-241, for mild acidity?...JJ
     
  3. atomicsmoke

    atomicsmoke Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Texel DCM-1.
     
  4. atomicsmoke

    atomicsmoke Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Pancetta
     
  5. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Very interesting!

    Would you mind describing the whole process.

    Al
     
  6. atomicsmoke

    atomicsmoke Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Dry cured for two weeks (Texel culture added at the beginning).

    Washed and hung to dry. Done (for me) at 28% weight loss.

    Just to be clear...I made this as cold cut. I saw recipes for pancetta meant for cooking with it. This is not one of those.
     
  7. Beautiful! Have you ever considered cold smoking? I was in Budapest in February for the mangalitsa pork festival and had some amazing smoked cold cuts. the smoked belly and loin (with a nice thick layer of fat) were to die for.
     
  8. atomicsmoke

    atomicsmoke Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I have a piece of pancetta getting smoked right now.
     
  9. atomicsmoke

    atomicsmoke Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    After five months hanging here is the arrotolata

     
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  10. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    My-T-Fine Atomic.... I wish I was your neighbor.....
     
  11. redheelerdog

    redheelerdog Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Oh My, that is amazing. Well done.

     
  12. atomicsmoke

    atomicsmoke Master of the Pit OTBS Member

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