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Coppa (Cured "Money Muscle" from Pork Shoulder)

post #1 of 19
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I finally found a butcher would knew what I was talking about when I asked for a cut of coppa.  I read how to cut one myself from a shoulder, but preferred someone who knew what they were doing instead.

 

Here are the ingredients: coppa muscle, salt, pepper, juniper berries, thyme, bay leaves.

 

 

I prepared my "salt box."

 

 

Whatever sticks is the "right amount."

 

 

 

It went into the ziploc bag.

 

 

I combined the aromatics in the grinder.

 

 

Here's what they looked like afterwards.

 

 

They went into the bag along with the salted coppa.

 

 

They did not get weights.  The weights are for the bresaola (another post).

 

 

After a couple of days, here is what it looked like.

 

 

I was rinsed off.

 

 

It then got a fresh round of aromatics.

 

 

I found its weight, and calculated a 30% weight loss target.

 

 

A few weeks later, it was ready!

 

 

This one is my favorite so far.

 

 

I can't wait to slice this up for a party!

post #2 of 19

That looks delicious!  Nice job

post #3 of 19
What's tht sopose to be? I've never heard of tht. What's it taste like?
post #4 of 19

That looks great. Coppa is by far my fav cured Italian meat. Well I love Prosciutto too but it's consumption is limited by cost. Talk to Shannon127, he makes some Great Coppa. He made three for me as I don't have a Curing Cabinet...YET!...JJ

post #5 of 19
Looks great!!!!

The collar is easily cut out of the shoulder butt, I use them all the time for cottage ham, coppa, etc.
Here's a great step-by-step of Brican's way:

http://forum.sausagemaking.org/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=8603

~Martin
post #6 of 19

Nice!

post #7 of 19

Yeah, looks great.....would like to see some pics of the curing cabinet or setup you use in general....very curious about all this. Growing up in NYC all the Italian delis had coppa hanging...But, we all pronounced it as 'gabba-ghoul' like gangster speak.....LOL......thx, Willie

post #8 of 19

Hi fuzzy,

 

A question for you. I notice that your recent posts on curing all mention doing curing for only a couple of days before the cure is rinsed off and the meat is hung in your curing chamber. Would you mind sharing the source for your recipes?   I'm curious as I've never before seen mention of such fast curing times.  I've cured duck prosciutto using the salt box method in a day or two (followed by hanging for a week or two), but I'm really surprised to see larger pieces like coppa and bresaola curing in only a couple of days.  Also, does your recipe call for using cure #2?

 

Just curious. Thanks for any recipe info you are willing to share.

 

Clarissa


Edited by SnorkelingGirl - 5/8/13 at 7:13pm
post #9 of 19
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Originally Posted by SnorkelingGirl View Post

Hi fuzzy,

 

A question for you. I notice that your recent posts on curing all mention doing curing for only a couple of days before the cure is rinsed off and the meat is hung in your curing chamber. Would you mind sharing the source for your recipes?   I'm curious as I've never before seen mention of such fast curing times.  I've cured duck prosciutto using the salt box method in a day or two (followed by hanging for a week or two), but I'm really surprised to see larger pieces like coppa and bresaola curing in only a couple of days.  Also, does your recipe call for using cure #2?

 

Just curious. Thanks for any recipe info you are willing to share.

 

Clarissa

I apologize for the late delay...been crazy busy.  I am using the new Salumi book by Ruhlman, the same guys who brought us Charcuterie.  From my understanding it has some typos and whatnot, but this is the method pretty much described in all of their recipes.

post #10 of 19
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Originally Posted by Chef Willie View Post

Yeah, looks great.....would like to see some pics of the curing cabinet or setup you use in general....very curious about all this. Growing up in NYC all the Italian delis had coppa hanging...But, we all pronounced it as 'gabba-ghoul' like gangster speak.....LOL......thx, Willie

 

Here's the write-up I did for my build.

 

http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/t/135332/i-did-it-i-built-my-curing-chamber-massive-amounts-of-build-view

post #11 of 19
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Originally Posted by xutfuzzy View Post

I apologize for the late delay...been crazy busy.  I am using the new Salumi book by Ruhlman, the same guys who brought us Charcuterie.  From my understanding it has some typos and whatnot, but this is the method pretty much described in all of their recipes.

 

Thanks, fuzzy!  I own "Charcuterie" and have been planning to buy "Salumi" too.  I hope that things settle down for you soon, so that you can get back to the fun stuff!

 

Clarissa

post #12 of 19

Yeah, I was curious about the "couple of days" curing time as well.  I have done two prosciutti in the past in a salt box, but have my first two equilibrium cuts in the fridge right now - two 3-lb loins (a six-pounder cut in half).  I was thinking the ideal curing time would be about 10 days, but I'll be out of the country at that point, so I'm looking at 16 days by the time I get back, plus a couple to finish my curing fridge (awaiting parts).  I'm not too worried about it since they're pretty thick and I went lower (3%) on the salt.  From what I understand, using the equilibrium method, the meat can only get as salty as the amount you put in...

 

Anyway, I'm wondering if I should accelerate my curing fridge build and put the loins in before I leave the country... any advice?  Thanks a ton!
 

post #13 of 19
Thread Starter 

On one hand, I always fully encourage everyone to "accelerate" their plans on a curing chamber.  But, I will say this instead: It took me a while to figure out the long-term eccentricities of my chamber.  I ran it for a couple of weeks without any meat in it just to make sure the fluctuations were minimal and under control.  I've also noticed that my temperature and humidity meters (I've since added a second just in case my first one was "off" and to give me peace of mind about the readings) took a couple of days to acclimate themselves, and you may not want meat curing in that unsteady or unreliable environment.

 

Just my two cents. 
 

post #14 of 19
Thread Starter 

Oh, and just as a follow-up...I've since sliced and served this to friends, and the reviews were full of praise and smiles.

post #15 of 19

Thanks for the quick reply.  Good point about acclimating - I'm actually hoping my temp controller (STC-1000) shows up before I leave so I can wire it up and let the fridge run and equalize while I'm gone.  For now, I'm going with the tub of watery salt (salty water?) in the bottom to maintain humidity, but I'll come up with a better solution over time...

 

Anyway, I'm going to leave the lonzini (lonzinos :) in the cure while I'm gone and hope for the best.  Thanks again!
 

post #16 of 19
It looks good. But you know the original copa is only cured with salt and pepper.
Post from a French charcuterie lover.
post #17 of 19
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Originally Posted by lolo31 View Post

It looks good. But you know the original copa is only cured with salt and pepper.
Post from a French charcuterie lover.

Yep..... they didn't know there was some stray nitrate hanging around in their salt....
post #18 of 19
What temp and humidity are you running in you chamber?
post #19 of 19
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Originally Posted by DanMcG View Post

What temp and humidity are you running in you chamber?


Sorry to get back to you so late...anyway, I was running the chamber at 55-58 degrees and about 70% humidity, as those were the directions in the book.   Currently, I have some salami going (post coming eventually) and it is running about 80-85% percent humidity, as those are the directions there.

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