Saturday, May 14, 2016
This is a dry-cured coppa that I rolled out and put on cure back in early January. It's just peaked over the 30% weight loss mark. The edges are a bit drier than I would like, as I had some issues regulating my humidity as I moved from a damp, open-air basement to a contained curing chamber. I've vac'd up a large section of this coppa, as I hope a few weeks of resting under refrigeration will help the moisture stabilize from the dry edges to the moist center.
I'm really pleased with this coppa. It came from a Berkshire boston butt that was cut in an Asian-style to maximize the length of the neck muscle. For me, this meant I could get the entire coppa, right where the chuck eye roll of meat begins to end and turn into the loin. Cased in a beef bung and tied with hemp, the muscle naturally picked up a flora of mold from the other salami in the room.
In the raw state, before it got some shaping and trimming.
I cured the muscle with salt, sodium nitrite, white pepper, and fennel. I love the aroma of white pepper and fennel, especially with anything pig-related. Now, as much as I'm trying to relax and savor this experience, my mind is wandering to the next coppa project. In the style of speck? Smoked and seasoned with juniper?
It's a never-ending chase after that porky-cured-carrot.