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Saucisson Sec, Two Ways

03.31.11

These batches were put up on Tuesday [Mar 29]. I find I have to write about this kind of thing or I simply lose track of when they were made, which makes it a bit hard to remember how long they’ve been aging and how they’ve responded to temp, humidity, etc.

Both are essentially Ruhlman’s recipes, with two major exceptions. First, the pork version [used Irvings Farm Fresh Berkshire] has half the garlic called for, as I’m looking for a cleaner expression of the pork, less dominated by garlic. I find Ruhlman generally likes ‘flavor’ about 25% more than me, so I tone down his aromatics, generally.

The second batch was made from wild cow elk shank – trim I’d reserved in November for sausage. Because I could, I used some of the now-ubiquitous-to-me dried morel and shaggy parasol powders in this batch. I’m not sure they’ll show up, but I had to try in the name of research. And because, well, wild game and wild mushrooms in the same dry-cured sausage just plain sounds lovely.

So there they hang in the cellar, at 5C & 76%rh for at least a month.

7 Responses

  1. “just plan sound lovely”. It sure does!
    :)
    Valerie

  2. Alan says:

    Awesome!

    My pals and I just put up 50lb of Salami this weekend.

    Incubating right now and looking good.

    Your post inspired us to start a new batch. We will be doing moose and
    pork with wild queen boletus next time.

    Time for gardening here as well. Great stuff!!!

    Alan

  3. HankShaw says:

    Gorgeous photos, Kevin! As for the salami, I vacillate on whether to highly spice my charcuterie or not. Usually when I am feeling minimalist I settle on one dominant flavor other than the pork and leave it at that. Have you tried a salami flavor with your wild herbs? Spring thyme? Wild chive?

  4. Valerie – ;)
    Alan – it’s always a pleasure to hear of others’ adventures with the charcuterie! Glad I could be of use!
    Hank – Thanks. I haven’t tried the salamis with the wild herbs. Why? Cause I’m a moron…thanks for the idea.

  5. Deb Krause says:

    do you use any live cultures in your dry cured sausages? if a recipe calls for it, is it absolutely necessary?
    (still researching before I start my first batch, and I still have more questions than answers it seems lol)

  6. Kevin says:

    Deb – haven’t had to yet, but I’ve had some challenges as of late with good mold development, so may try. I’d say nothing’s necessary except for the cure to avoid botulism. ;)

  7. Deb Krause says:

    k, cuz i noticed that you didn’t state in any of your posts if you had added something like Bactoferm F-RM-52.
    It’s in a couple of Ruhlman’s recipes, but it seemed to be just to ensure the meat is acidic enough to prevent unwanted mold growth… which i thought that was the job of the curing salts (to prevent bad bacteria)… better safe than sorry maybe?

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