Old world curing anyone?

Discussion in 'Pork' started by junk yard dog, Apr 1, 2010.

  1. Looking around a bit, I don't see anyone who does old world cures like a salt only and air dried cures for things like prosciutto and Sopressata. Just curious if anyone here is into it.
  2. got14u

    got14u Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    That subject gets heated here..Cureing in general that is...Smf trys to follow the usda guidelines for this subject do to the can of worms meat can have if not done right.
  3. badfrog

    badfrog Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    I have done Panchetta several times and it is yummy stuff!
  4. ronp

    ronp Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Ditto to that!
  5. bbally

    bbally Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Old world curing can be done safely and my experienced curers do it a lot. I make my on Seranno hams and many fremented sausages from the old country. Part of the problem with doing it right is the fact that the unpurified salts of the old world are no longer available readily. But they can still be had from a few sources. Un-refined salts had more nitrates and nitrites in them naturally.

    They are very nice products and persons possessing the correct attitude and experience can bang out some nice products.

    Failure to study and understand the difference between old world salts and cures and the stuff presently sold as salt is the main reason for failure.
  6. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I would listen to Bbally he's our local meat spe******t around here.
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  8. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I must be one of the guys who doesn't know enough about other ways to stick to using "cure".

  9. mythmaster

    mythmaster Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

  10. travcoman45

    travcoman45 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Yes, but there's no real reason to on most a the stuff, as cure is another safety procedure what helps prevent food poisionin er the loss of alotta meat.

    Some things can only be done the old way ta get the same product, others the cure don't hurt a thing.

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