First Dry Cured Pepperoni Done!

Discussion in 'Sausage Makers' started by solaryellow, Nov 13, 2011.

  1. solaryellow

    solaryellow Limited Mod Group Lead

    Over a month ago I had completed my dry curing chamber. As my first foray into the world of dry cured sausage I went with four different kinds. I did 10lbs of pepperoni, 10lbs of Spanish Chorizo, 5lbs of Tuscan salami and 5lbs of Saucisson Sec. All 4 recipes came from Ruhlman and Polcyn's book Charcuterie. Since this is new territory for me, I didn't want to wait months to find out if I had made a mistake or not so I stuffed them in 32 - 35mm casings.

    Here is the pepperoni mixture during stuffing:


    The starter culture I used was F-RM-52 that I purchased from Butcher Packer. Next time I will try T-SPX. After stuffing, all the sausages were dredged in a Mold 600 bath.


    And then hung up in the curing chamber. I kept the chamber at around 80% RH and 82*F for 48 hours for the sausages to ferment. The pepperoni are the darker ones on the far left.


    After 2 days I lowered the temp to 60*F and humidity to 75%. After a week the mold had really developed.


    After 4 weeks of drying the pepperoni had lost 35% of its weight. So tonight we decided to make a pizza for dinner using our pepperoni.





    It was delicious!

    I have some T-SPX and protein lined casings on order for some larger versions that should be in later this week. The other 3 kinds of sausage should be done by the end of the week.
  2. shtrdave

    shtrdave Smoking Fanatic

    I have never made dried sausages, only fresh and smoked varieties and the summer sausages.

    Is the mold a normal thing and how do you remove it for use, I see you sliced right though it doesn't that spread the mold to the meat you are going to put on the pizza, i have had moldy items the past and it has a distinct taste to me.

    i have to go back and look through you curing chamber build it looks like something a person should have.

    Thanks for sharing this.
  3. bratrules

    bratrules Smoking Fanatic

    very nice!!!!! am going to get to work on some more chorizo myself this week!!!!!
  4. solaryellow

    solaryellow Limited Mod Group Lead

    Mold can be a normal thing but there is nothing harmful with this particular mold. I used it to increase my chances of success. The mold helps to keep harmful bacteria and mold off of the sausage while helping with the drying process by helping to keep the casing from drying out. Anything other than white or cream colored mold is not desirable however. If you don't want mold, you can wipe it off with a vinegar/water solution. For the pizza I simply peeled the casing and thus the mold off.

    Here is a link to the curing chamber build.
  5. bmudd14474

    bmudd14474 Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Glad to hear it turned out good Joel.
  6. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Nice looking Chow...A curing chamber is on the list of got to do some day...JJ
  7. boykjo

    boykjo SAUSAGE MAKER Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Looks great joel....... what about the the casing mold,,, Does it wash off?

  8. danmcg

    danmcg Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Sweet Joel, Ya must have tried some before it cooked on the pizza, how was the texture? nice and firm to the center? looking forward to the other varieties.
  9. africanmeat

    africanmeat Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Wow Joel it looks great i love the white mold on the pepperoni . can i have the info on the Spanish chorizo?

    the pizza looks yummy
  10. smokinal

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

    That sure looked like a great pizza!

    Nice job with the pepperoni!
  11. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looks good from my house!!!

  12. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    Looks great glad to see it turned out so well
  13. solaryellow

    solaryellow Limited Mod Group Lead

    I wouldn't say it just washes off. It can be scrubbed off with a little elbow grease. It is much easier to peel the casing off IMHO.

    I sure did Dan. Texture was exactly what I was looking for, nice and firm throughout. You can see in the pics that there was no dry rim either. I am very pleased.

    The mold really took off. I don't have the recipe in front of me at the moment but I got it from and followed the recipe exactly to establish a baseline.

    Thanks Al!

    Thanks Bear!

    Thanks Jerry!
  14. hepcat

    hepcat Newbie

    I have had a lot of trouble getting any mold to grow on my salamis, yours looks amazing.  How did you do the mold bath: what is the ratio of water to culture in the bath? how long of a bath do they get? do you spray the meats once they are in the chamber?  Do you think the casing matters -- collagen for intestines -- with respect to how well the mold grows?

    Awesome job.  I am doing a pepperoni this week and will use hog casings.
  15. solaryellow

    solaryellow Limited Mod Group Lead

    For the first batch I used the Mold 600 instructions and did a quick mold bath. Since then I have harvested the mold from the previous batch for the following batch. A few inches of molded casing drowned in a couple gallons of distilled water for a couple hours at room temp was all that I needed to perpetuate the mold.
  16. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Joel, evening.... Harvesting mold....  Seems tough to do.... Do you sanitize the chamber before each batch and only cultivate one strain of mold on your salami at a time ????

       Seems there is a good posibility of cross contamination using that method..... 

         Just curious for the newbees that may be reading this thread.... Curious for me too....    Old Dave has to keep learning U-know...    Dave
  17. solaryellow

    solaryellow Limited Mod Group Lead

    I do sanitize it between batches with diluted bleach Dave. There very well could be some cross contamination with wild mold but this is where you have to trust your eyes. Chalky and white is good, anything else is bad. If you develop the wrong mold, it is easily removed with a rag dampened in a vinegar/water solution.

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