I love Spanish sausage (chorizo). Fresh, dried, semi dried, I don’t think I’ve ever met a chorizo I didn’t like. Today we are making a Spanish Dry Cured Salami from the Province of Zamora. It’s called Chorizo Zamorano.
This is such a great salami not only because it’s absolutely delicious but it’s easy to make and dries very fast (great for those of you with little patience). The reason it dries so fast is because of the sheep casing that we use. This small diameter casing allows our salami to dry lightning fast which is why we will be using Insta Cure #1 in this recipe.
This salami gets it’s awesome flavor from the specific paprika that are used. Pimenton de la Vera. This smoky paprika has a sweet variety and a spicy variety. We will be using both. In addition to the paprika we will also be using dextrose. Dextrose is the simple sugar that we use to feed our starter culture, Flavor of Italy. Flavor of Italy adds beneficial bacteria to our pork meat. During the fermentation stage this culture will begin to consume the dextrose added and release lactic acid. This process lowers the pH of our meat creating an environment that’s inhospitable to bad bacteria. Our target for this salami will be a pH of 4.9 – 5.2.
The absolute most reliable way to test the pH of your salami is with a pH meter. If you plan on getting into this hobby you’ll want to get a pH meter. This isn’t something that you want to go cheap on. A good quality pH meter will last you a long time and offer you the peace of mind of knowing that you are producing a safe product to eat. We use the pH meter from Apera Instruments PH60S-Z. This Pocket pH Tester has blue tooth capability, can be calibrated for extreme accuracy, and is very easy to use. They also make a (non bluetooth version) PH60S. The great thing about pH meters is that you can use them for all sorts of things other than salami making. We use ours to make beer/wine, cheese, fermented foods (kim chi, sauerkraut, hot sauce), kombucha, and gardening/hydroponics. There are many different styles of pH meters but if you stick to the ones that I linked above (the swiss spear units) you can do everything i mentioned without a problem.
The last thing you need in order to make salami is a place for it to dry. The absolute best option for most people is to have a drying chamber. This chamber provides a controlled environment so that your salami can dry evenly. Building a drying chamber is relatively easy but if you don’t want to build one and have some rainy day money laying around buying a drying/curing chamber is even easier.
Follow basic salami preparation practices when making this sausage.
- Clean and Sanitize all of your equipment.
- Keep your meat and grinder parts super cold (below 35F) during the grinding process
- Rehydrate your starter culture (in non-chlorinated water) for 30 minutes prior to use.
- Mix your very chilled mince meat, seasonings, and starter culture till the mince becomes very tacky
- Tightly stuff the mince into casings and prick out any air pockets
- Record the starting weight and the target of each salami link
- Brush with protective mold culture
- Hang the salami to ferment for 24-72 hours (depending on the starter culture)
- After the pH target has been hit, hang the salami in a drying chamber till the weight loss target has been achieved.
- Remove from the drying chamber, slice thinly, and enjoy
Here are a few things you might find useful when making this sausage
- High Quality Natural Casings (AA Grade)
- Iodophor Sanitizer
- MK4 Thermapen (Accurate Thermometer)
- Chef Knife – KOTAI
- Boning Knife
- Sausage Pricker
- Sweet & Spicy Spanish Paprika
- Flavor of Italy
- Apera pH Meter with Bluetooth
- Insta Cure #1
- Non Fat Dry Milk Powder
- Meat Grinders
- Meat Mixers
- InkBird Controllers temp & Humidity
- Dehumidifier Eva Dry 1100
- Cool Mist Ultrasonic Humidifier
Enjoy the video and the recipe. If you have any questions feel free to ask away. If you make this at home I’d love to hear about how it came out!!
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- 700 g lean pork
- 300 g pork back fat
- 25 g kosher salt
- 2.5 g insta cure #1
- 2 g dextrose
- 23 g Pimenton De la Vera Dulce
- 4 g Pimenton De La Vera Picante
- 3 g dried oregano
- 2 g granulated garlic
- Sheep Casings
- Flavor of Italy Starter Culture 1/4 tsp of starter culture dissolved in 2 tablespoons of distilled water. Let rehydrate for 30 minutes prior to using (this is for every kilo of meat that you have)
- Mold 600 1/4 tsp of mold 600 per 1/4 cup of distilled water. Prepare 3-4 hours in advance.
- Clean your meat of any silver skin, sinew, arteries and cut into small chunks. Cut the pork back fat into small cubes Place meat and fat in the freezer to chill till the temperature reaches mid 30's.
- Grind your very chilled meat and fat together on a 6mm plate.
- Mix the seasonings and starter culture with your ground meat and fat till your mince is tacky
- Stuff your mince meat into the sheep casings, link, and prick out any air pockets. Weigh your chorizo and record the weight. Brush with Mold 600
Fermenting and drying instructions
- To ferment your sausage hang at room temperature (75F-85F) for 24 hours (if you have a way to test the pH you are aiming for anything between 4.9 and 5.2)
- after fermentation place the meat in a drying chamber where the temperature is 55F and the humidity is 80%. Here it will stay till it looses 40% of its weight.
- After you hit your weight loss target your chorizo is ready to enjoy.
This recipe is an adaptation from Meatsandsausages.com
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