'Nduja inspired by Spilinga

Discussion in 'Curing' started by evan m brady, Apr 8, 2015.

  1. (the finished product)​
    Made some 'Nduja, and out from the chamber! Aged for about 3 months. This was made with pork belly and pork jowl ground once through a 12mm plate, then once through a 7mm plate. Spicing was simple:

    -Sicilian sea salt

    -Cure #2


    -Calabrian hot & sweet pepper powder

    -Calabrian hot & sweet pepper paste

    -Calabrian hot pepper flakes

    -Bactoferm B-LC-007 Starter Culture

    -Hog Middle Caps
    (stuffed 'Nduja in the fermenter)​
    All Calabrian products equalled 22% the weight of the meat, keeping with what is done in Calabria (ratios always between 20-30% depending on the producer). Fermented with B-LC-007 for all the added benefits of that culture blend at 68-72F for about 48 hours. The pH was then taken to ensure a pH of 5.3 or below was met. pH value read 5.17 at 24 into fermentation at about 71° on average. I pulled it to cool down in the reach in, and will smoke once it firms up a bit. It will probably drop a little more in pH as well from any ambient heat put off from the Amaze'n tube...
    (my "fermenter"...an insulated bread proofer)​
    After fermentation the 'Nduja was cold smoked with Beechwood for 15 hours, and then it was hung to dry for the time previously mentioned. ​
    (post cold smoking with beechwood pellets)​
    Flavor is unreal!!! Already eaten most of it, and getting ready to make another batch. The heat and flavor of these peppers are so unique. It is like a slow burn, followed by a complexity that is hard to describe. I made this one very hot, but you can always adjust the pepper percentages based on your personal preference. More sweet than hot etc... Amazing!
    I also jarred some using a kinda gangster sealing method I figured out... I took the finished 'Nduja and added 15% nice olive oil to it, then mixed it well. I then spooned it into the jar (sanitized the jar first), and dropped the pressure in the chamber. As the chamber vented suction pulled the jar lid down to form an air tight seal for prolonged shelving. There is cure #2 in the 'Nduja, so storing in this anaerobic environment I see no different than a casing. This is why I didn't add heat to make this product. Some manufacturers use heat to pasteurize it, but I do not feel the need to since: I sanitized the jar, it has cure #2, checked the water activity of this mixture on Thursday in the lab and it read 0.8637, low pH of 5.07 - and so all these on top of each other is why I feel it is safe to do it this way. Now it is shelf stable, and in an awesome jar without heat pasteurization that alters the texture (in my opinion)!
  2. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Evan, evening.... You have some serious equipment and skills... Very nice products.... Dave
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  3. atomicsmoke

    atomicsmoke Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Never heard of 'Nduja...but I am salivating after reading your post. Great work.

    I need to try this.
  4. Please go further into detail about the percentage of each spice if possible. I'd really like to make this stuff.
  5. Atomicsmoke, it is a spreadable salami from Calabria. Super smoky, super spicy, and absolutely delicious. It is spreadable because of the high amount of fat.
  6. 2.75%     Sicilian sea salt

    0.25%     Cure #2

    0.4%       Dextrose

    20-30% Calabrian Pepper Products

    Bactoferm B-LC-007 Starter Culture

    Hog Middle Caps

    That is literally all the percentages...quick.
  7. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Evan, thanks..... Hey..... I'm still thinking about fermenting stuff.... a few weeks ago I ran across the B-LC-007 and was impressed... Seems it adds an extra margin of safety in ALL directions.... So, that culture has me one step closer....

    I can only find it at Butcher&Packer.... their website won't let me log in.... I have purchased from them previously... I've written them twice to fix the login... they haven't responded.... so, now I'm looking for another source... any suggestions....

    Last edited: Apr 9, 2015
  8. Dave,

    I don't really know the rules here for posting about your business, but I own an online store specializing in salumi needs and ingredients. 

    My company is called the Craft Butchers' Pantry.It truly is an amazing culture, and I summarize why in the description...
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  9. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

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  10. atomicsmoke

    atomicsmoke Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Calabrian pepper products? That means combination of pepper sauces?
    I looked up Nduja as soon as I saw your OP. One recipe mentioned roasted peppers. What do you think?
    Last edited: Apr 9, 2015
  11. atomicsmoke

    atomicsmoke Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    What % of fat are we talking about?
  12. You know you are required to send out samples, !!!!

  13. Thanks for pointing me in the direction of the membership! I had no idea. Thanks for helping me out, and meant no harm. Brand new to this forum, and need to learn the rules!

    As for:
    This really varies by the producer. I have seen so many recipes for 'Nduja, and they are all different. Basically you want above 80% fat, but you can mix meats. I made this with Pork Jowl and Pork Belly at 80% jowl and 20% belly, but it is not strict to that. You could use fatback etc... If you get too much lean it wont be spreadable.
    I say Calabrian Pepper Products because again it is kinda up to you as long as the percentages are between 20-30%. I mix for flavor! I use whole chile, powder, and paste. You dont have to, as I believe in Italy they use all dry peppers. They actually grind the whole chile with the meat like I did here:

    Just play with what you like! If you want to use paste keep the percentages of the total lower because you are adding water to the system, and it will take longer to dry. 
  14. atomicsmoke

    atomicsmoke Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Thank you Evan for 'splaining.
  15. No problem! Glad I could 'splain this product to you. One of my favorites. Let me know if you need any ingredients to make!
  16. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Never heard of it. Love the looks of it. Want some of it!

  17. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I'll second everything Disco said! Nice!
  18. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Never heard of it. Love the looks of it. Want some of it!

  19. nepas

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

    Thats freakin awesome

    Maybe you can teach us something, even us old dogs.
  20. deuxcv

    deuxcv Newbie

    been reading up on nduja and setting forth to make a 50# batch of nduja as a trial for my restaurant and wanted to get your feedback on a pew points.

    since nduja is in the tradition of cucina povera, making the best food from the poorest ingredients, wondering what experience you have in making it from chilies other than imported. seems counter to that ideal to spend $2-3/pound for the pork and then have to spend 2-4x as much on spice imorted from halfway around the world when there are amazing domestic chilies. so wondering what knowledge/experience you have of substituting other more common varietals. that said for the first batch also want to try your products for at least a baseline. i was thinking for 50# of meat i’d want 10-15# of peppers. was thinking 2000g hot powder, 500g sweet powder, 2000g whole hot, 500g whole sweet. but, dang, that’s almost $350 worth of chile. am i crazy? what would you do?

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