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Reworked Culatello today; Sugna applied...

indaswamp

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After 2.5 months in the chamber, the Culatello has lost 20% weight so it is time to apply the sugna to slow drying to a crawl.

Initial weight of the green Culatello before drying was 5000grams. Today it was 3999grams...
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I did have a spot on the bottom with a little fat grease out...but that should not be a problem from here on until it is done...
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trussing, netting removed, sprayed with distilled water, wrapped with cling film to rehydrate the collagen sheet for easy removal...
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Collagen sheet removed...
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I had very little mold under the sheet. One little spot of green mold that I removed and scrubbed the area well with a brush and wine. I will pack that area with sugna to prevent an air pocket from forming...
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Retrussed...
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Sugna applied....
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In the chamber for the long wait. Got another 14 months or so to go....
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smokerjim

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i guess it looks good since i have no idea what the heck it is i'll take your word for it. are you sure your not working for the gov. growing some kind of biological warfare stuff. guess i'll be back in 14 months to see final product. would love to taste it.
 

indaswamp

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Even better...
They’re hanging from the ceiling, bat-like, smelly and dusty. In the darkened basement you feel like they could suddenly come alive, turn on you in a swarm and leave you with no defences.

They look menacing – partly because of the dimly-lit and enclosed environment, partly because of their resemblance to cocoons of dangerous and exotic predators, and partly because of the unknown. What are they?
https://www.timetravelturtle.com/what-culatello-parma-ham/
 

smokerjim

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interesting, final product sure does look good. i've learned something new today.
 

indaswamp

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Update:
So as of today, The fiocco has lost 28.15% weight loss, the culatello has lost 23.5% weight loss. Both still have a ways to go before they will be ready. I lost power to my drying chamber when hurricane Ida hit so I moved both to my beer fridge for the duration. We kept the freezers and fridges cold running a generator. Once a day for 2 hours on the freezers, and twice a day, 2 hours on the fridges. Won't hurt the salumi at all... When the power returned, I lined out the chamber, checked the water in the humidifier then transferred back to the chamber. I am weighing weekly. Fiocco should be ready in 2 months, the earliest for the culatello would be April 2022.

My chamber is starting to have a really complex sweet smell from the meats...looking forward to sampling when they are finished, but you can't rush it....time is what develops the flavors!
 

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