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Spanish Chorizo Question

Discussion in 'Drying/Dehydrating' started by Sky, Mar 8, 2018.

  1. Hey all! Here's a quicky for y'all. I made 5 lbs of Spanish chorizo about 4 weeks ago. It has been air curing in my closet without any attempt to regulate the temperature and humidity. The sausage does have curing salt #2 (1tbs) in it and a considerable amount of red wine for acidity. Here's the question... the sausages have started (around week 3) releasing a yellowish / orange oil from them, is this normal? Also, They have started giving off a vinegar type smell. Is this normal as well? Lastly, would anyone try them knowing how cured them? I'm not offering just wanting some expert advise on whether I should indeed try them after I test the Ph in a week or so.

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  2. boykjo

    boykjo Sausage maker Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    They're looking good to me..... Just keep an eye out for case hardening and greenish mold. White mold is good.

  3. solaryellow

    solaryellow Limited Mod Group Lead

    I would not try them. I have made Spanish chorizo before and it sounds like you are missing some steps, education, and foundational things when it comes to dry curing. PH is important in combating bacteria, but weight should determine when it is done.