Coppa (Cured "Money Muscle" from Pork Shoulder)

Discussion in 'Curing' started by xutfuzzy, May 7, 2013.

  1. xutfuzzy

    xutfuzzy Meat Mopper OTBS Member

    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!
  2. avclub

    avclub Newbie

    That looks delicious!  Nice job
  3. steve-o90

    steve-o90 Fire Starter

    What's tht sopose to be? I've never heard of tht. What's it taste like?
  4. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    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
  5. woodcutter

    woodcutter Master of the Pit OTBS Member

  6. chef willie

    chef willie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    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
  7. snorkelinggirl

    snorkelinggirl Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    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.

    Last edited: May 8, 2013
  8. xutfuzzy

    xutfuzzy Meat Mopper OTBS Member

    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.
  9. xutfuzzy

    xutfuzzy Meat Mopper OTBS Member

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

    snorkelinggirl Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    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!

  11. 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!
  12. xutfuzzy

    xutfuzzy Meat Mopper OTBS Member

    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. 
  13. xutfuzzy

    xutfuzzy Meat Mopper OTBS Member

    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.
  14. 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!
  15. It looks good. But you know the original copa is only cured with salt and pepper.
    Post from a French charcuterie lover.
  16. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Yep..... they didn't know there was some stray nitrate hanging around in their salt....
  17. danmcg

    danmcg Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    What temp and humidity are you running in you chamber?
  18. xutfuzzy

    xutfuzzy Meat Mopper OTBS Member

    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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