Saturday, April 16, 2011

'Nduja quickie


Won't bore anyone with details of a salume about which I've posted several times already. What sets this particular batch apart from the others is #1, I used hog middle end caps to case them, and #2, I used some sweet pepper powder or pepe rosso in addition to peperoncino powder. The hog middle caps are significant in that along with hog middles, they are what are used to case 'nduja in Calabria. The sweet pepper powder/pepe rosso was used this time as a means of correcting the color I've had in prior batches. My previous efforts have been a touch too dark. After several discussions with Rosetta, author of "My Calabria" she suggested I use the pepe rosso to get that fantastic, glowing red color. I decided on using 17% peperoncino powder, along with 13% of the pepe rosso. I think Rosetta had it right, and I think I nailed it, just look at the color. I decided to avoid prolonged smoking this time in an effort to preserve this great color. Whether or not that had anything to do with it's color is not definitive, but, why take a chance. So, just 2 days smoking. However, I lit the smoker from both ends to increase the intensity of the smoke and cut down on actual smoking time, 2 sessions of 8 hours each and they smelled much smokier than in the past at the same smoke hour. Usually, I ferment for about 48-72 hours, then smoke. But, I had a couple days in the northeast where it was about 60-65 during the day, so, I smoked during the fermentation phase, and I believe it was pretty successful. Hung to dry for about 60 days. Other than that, nothing else special to discuss. Just eager to see how this one turns out.





9 comments:

  1. They look really good in those middles man.

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  2. Thanks, Bob........I happen to agree.

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  3. Si, 'nduja ancora. Se non ti piace che faccio, non leggere piu.

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  4. Do you still carry 00 flour? If so, how can I order it?

    venicedeer@aol.com

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  5. This might sound weird but have u ever just cold smoked it out of the casing for a while just to control the color. I do it and the flavor is incredible. We compared it against Boccalone's and it tasted much better.

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  6. Doesn'tsound weird at all. I've considered it. But, I'm pretty sure the light amount of smoke didn't affect the color. I haven't tried the Boccalone 'nduja yet.

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  7. Scott,
    How much weight loss are you getting at 60 days? Have you tried smoking with the "north atlantic olive" from Maine Grilling Woods?

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  8. I have decided to make Nduja as a Christmas gift. I have never made sausage before, and I have visions of bursting casings and air bubbles. So I was wondering if the comment about smoking it outside the casing meant that I could avoid the need to use casings at all. Could I just put it in sterile jars, and wind up with a product which doesn't require refrigeration (at least until it is opened)?

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