Discussion in 'Curing' started by dingo007, Apr 2, 2014.

  1. dingo007

    dingo007 Smoking Fanatic

    Here's my first attempt at a Lomo...spanish style cured pork loin....similar to Lonzino

    Pretty tasty stuff....akin to prosciutto. Sliced thinly enough it just melts in your mouth. I'll enjoy eating this until.........







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  2. dandl93

    dandl93 Smoking Fanatic

    Dingo you do some really nice looking meats

  3. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    What is the coppa wrapped in ???? Looks like caul fat...... Maybe it's a beef bung ?? Looks good enough to eat to me....

  4. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I bow to a master! Those both look great.

  5. dingo007

    dingo007 Smoking Fanatic

    Thanks for the compliment Dan
    Hi Dave, Yep it's a beef bung. I did the Lomo in an artificial casing i had laying around..never again...had to prick it all over and it sticks like flies to shi....really hard to peal it off now.
    Thanks Disco, i'm hardly a master but I'm enjoying the learning process.
  6. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    That sure looks great. Will you share the recipe and details of the curing process? Are you using a Curing Cabinet or other system?...JJ
  7. Very nice!  [​IMG]
  8. pops6927

    pops6927 Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    yes, please, do tell!
  9. dingo007

    dingo007 Smoking Fanatic

    Here ya go....

    Spice Mix per lb/meat

    12gms x Brown Sugar

    2gms x Black Pepper

    2gms x Toasted Fennel Seed

    2gms x Toasted Coriander Seed

    9gms x Kosher Salt

    1.5gm x Sweet Paprika

    1 x Clove of Garlic

    1gm x Dried Thyme

    1gm x Cayenne


    Olive oil

    Started with a purdy loin...(half went to this project, the other to CB) and trimmed it some

    Take the spice mix and put it through a spice mill until fine. Add enough Olive Oil to make a paste and rub loin well.

    Vacpack or Zip Loc bag it, then into the project fridge for 14 days, turning every other.

    Once cured, rinse and case. I used an 3" artificial casing here (not recommended...very difficult to remove ). Tie tightly to hold form.

    Then into my curing chamber (60F @ 70%RH) untill desired weight loss (30-35 minimum)

    Mine went in 3/9/14 weighing 993gms

    Out 4/2/14 weighing 636gms
  10. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Dingo, morning...... I been thinking..... (very dangerous).... Could a wrap or 2 or 3 of cheese cloth be used for the outer casing.....
    There may be problems associated with shrinkage of the meat but not the cloth.... just curious.....

  11. smokin phil

    smokin phil Smoking Fanatic

    It appears to me that your meat has gone bad. I suggest you send it to me IMMEDIATELY for ummmmmm... proper disposal.

    Just joking. Looks great!!!!! That's a future foray for me, dried cured meats. Need to be looking for an old fridge to use.

    Keep up the good work!! Post lots of "sausage view" and recipes!!!!
  12. dingo007

    dingo007 Smoking Fanatic

    Hi Dave,

    I've heard of the cheese cloth thing being done...never tried it. And for that fact some dont even case at all. My first Lonzino attempt was uncased.

    I'M NO EXPERT.....however, from what I've learned, and experienced with trying different casing methods...my opinion (at this stage) is that natural casings seem to assist the desired drying rate better than artificial or no casings. i.e My uncased lonzino dried unevenly....even this Lomo has what I can best describe as minor case hardening, which i attribute to having to prick the casing all over. Had I really thought about its use, i would've stuffed it in a bung. It should be noted, again, that I am no expert! I'm sure that the environment ( Temp & RH) will obviously also effect the outcome. I am still junior in my learning curve when it comes to this. Hopefully I'll learn more as I monitor the progress of the Coppa.

    So, in answer to your question, my unlearned opinion is that cheese cloth MIGHT lead to the exterior drying to fast. Doesn't mean it will happen or you shouldn't try it.

    Sorry for the long winded, non-committal reply.

  13. dingo007

    dingo007 Smoking Fanatic

    Thanks Smokin Phil,

    Dry cured meats are definitely a commitment, but worth trying all the same.

    A word of warning regarding old fridges...buy a new one! I've gone through at least a fridge a year buying used ones. I could've purchased 2 new fridges by now! I think that using an external temp controller (which turns the fridge on & off more frequently) doesn't do much for the life of an old (or for that matter any) fridge. The fridge solution is a compromise at best. Maybe your lucky and have alternate solutions at hand.

    Thanks for reading


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