Salame Piemonte...Done!

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Apr 27, 2017
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This one is next on the list, but have to wait until the finocchiona is finished to have room in the maturing chamber. I have been wanting to make this one for a long time. Piemonte wine of Barbera, Nebbiolo, or Dolcetto grapes is a requirement. I have recently been given a bottle of Vintage 1998 Piemonte Borolo (The king of Italian red wines) that I will use to make this salame. I will use pastured berkshire from my local butcher for this one. Big Vintage wine needs good pork.

Salame Piemonte

700g. Lean Pork (shoulder, ham. loin)
300g. pork fat (back, jowl, belly)

25g. fine Sea Salt
3g. cure #2
1g. coarse ground black pepper
1g. crushed black peppercorns
0.1g. ground Nutmeg (use very accurate scale)
5g. garlic sliced (one clove)
1 whole clove (spice)
25mL Borolo wine

Steep sliced garlic and whole clove (spice) in Borolo wine in a glass jar sealed tight for 2 days. Use the infused wine, discard the garlic and cloves.

0.125g TSPX culture in 30mL distilled water.
Grind lean thru 12mm; fat thru 10mm plate. stuff into 50-55mm. beef middles.

Check pH after grinding and adding wine, salt, spices. For TSPX -add enough dextrose and sucrose to drop the pH to 5.2 using 0.25g sugars per pH drop of 0.1 point. Usually 2-2.25g/kg. sugars; 0.75 gram/kg. dextrose and 1.5 gram/kg. sucrose.
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If someone were to break into your house the first thing they would hit is the contents of your curing chamber and If you list the contents that were stolen from your curing chamber to the police after the B&E. You might be a redneck.
Eager to see your progress. :emoji_thumbsup:
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You got my attention Keith. Cannot wait to see how this comes out. I still think you and I need to facilitate a trade :emoji_laughing: "Where's the beef??" Well, it's in my freezer(s) :emoji_wink:

When the finocchiona salami finished drying, it was time to make this. Originally planned on making this Sunday but I did not buy enough meat, had to wait until Monday.

One week prior, I measured out the clove spice to steep in the red wine for 7 days.

2 days out I added the garlic to the wine

Go time arrived and I prepped the meat.

Here is one of the pork chops...


I had originally planned to separate the meat and fat then hand cut the fat. That proved to be impractical because I was using belly, jowl and shoulder. I did remove most of the soft fat from the shoulder, then ground it all thru the 10mm plate.
The 50-55mm hog middles soaking in lemon water...

The spices...

All ready to mix...

Stuffed and in the fermentation can while I set up the drying chamber for fermentation schedule..

pH @36 hours...

pH @45 hours...

I used 2.25grams/kg. sugars. 0.75g. dextrose and 1.5g sucrose. Initial pH was right at 5.75...
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My hemp twine finally arrived...

First time fooling with it trussing these salami. I like the twine, just have to adjust to it. It is stiffer so easier to make the loops, but it is rougher on the hands. It cinches down easier and holds knots better than cotton twine.
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I have recently been given a bottle of Vintage 1998 Piemonte Borolo

Has the potential to be spectacular! Wish we were neighbors. We should be in Piemonte right now. We will reschedule for next year.

Has the potential to be spectacular! Wish we were neighbors. We should be in Piemonte right now. We will reschedule for next year.

Thank you Sir! My grandfather traced our family tree all the way back to Coreggio, Italy. One of my Uncles wants to become an Italian citizen with his wife (wife's parents are Italian citizens from Calabria). They want to have a small apartment there. When that happens, I am going to visit them and scratch some things off my bucket list.
Piemonte Salami has finished drying as of today. Hit 35% weight loss on the nose tonight. Had to cut it to check it....

HOLY SHNANKIES!!! Hands down one of the BEST salamis I have made to date. And the rest don't even come close. This one is way out in front. Wow....mellow yet the flavor profile is off the charts. The buttery and nutty notes from the fat are incredible! Deep funky notes. The spice is way in the background yet accent the profile perfectly. I am truly blown away.
Very nice.....:emoji_thumbsup: A thin slice of a good ham with the salami on a saltine would make any ones day.
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