Of all the dry cured meat projects that I do, Spicy Capocollo (coppa for short) has got to my my all time favorite! It’s buttery, balanced, spicy, a little smoky, and so easy to make. Generally coppa is made under very specific parameters with controlled humidity and temperature (check out our post on how to build a dry curing chamber), but today I’m going to show you how to make it in your house refrigerator.
Making dry cured meat isn’t very complicated. We first cure the meat then we dry it. It’s literally those 2 steps. The first step (curing the meat) is all about 2 things: preserving/protecting the meat from harmful bacteria and infusing lots of flavor. The method we will be using to cure our meat is called the equilibrium cure. I really like this method as it’s not only incredibly easy to do but it’s also the most reliable and safest way to cure your meat. This method allows us to perfectly season/cure our meat without any concern of over/under salting. What’s also great about this technique is that you can work at your own pace (meaning if you can’t get to the meat immediately and it needs to sit in the fridge a few more days you don’t need to worry about it becoming too salty or over seasoned). This method is contrary to the alternative method called “Salt Boxing”. Salt boxing simply means you take a bunch of salt and encase your meat in it. Salt boxing is very unreliable and often produces a piece of meat that is extremely salty. We can talk about the 2 techniques in a different post. Once our meat has been cured we begin the process of drying.
How long should my meat cure?
Curing the meat is all about time. Once you add the necessary salt and spices you simply need to wait long enough for those spices to penetrate the meat. Our goal is to have 100% penetration. Depending on the size of your muscle will completely determine how long you leave it in your refrigerator. I found this great calculator that breaks it down for you. Click on the tab “Brining Time” and input the information. Be sure to add 20% to the answer so ensure that your cure gets fully penetrated. Bookmark this page as you will certainly find it useful when you start dry curing lots of meat
Calculator for determining how long to cure your meat
Are curing salts necessary for this recipe?
This is a tricky topic that can be quickly misunderstood so I want to tread lightly as I explain how this works. Curing salts (Sodium nitrite and sodium nitrate) are added to recipes for protection against harmful bacteria, especially botulism. Botulism is a deadly bacteria that grows in anaerobic conditions (no oxygen). If you create an anaerobic environment and Clostridium botulinum spores are introduced (by contamination) they could grow to infect your dry cured meat. As an example conditions like this could exist when smoking meats at low temperatures or making salami. In the case of salami the meat is ground (this is where possible contamination could take place), it’s then stuffed tightly into a casing (this is the anaerobic environment), then hung to dry for several months. For both of these examples I would ALWAYS recommend the use of curing salts.
In the case of whole muscle curing the situation is slightly different. Freshly and properly butchered whole muscles are sterile inside and because botulism can’t grow on the outside of the muscle there is no cause for concern. With that being said there are a few things to consider when selecting a whole muscle to dry cure.
- Try and buy the freshest possible piece you can get for your dry curing project
- Inspect the muscle to make sure there are no knife gashes or punctures of any type
When it comes to charcuterie fresh is always better. Get to know your butcher (or the grocery store butcher) and find out when they receive fresh merchandise. More importantly though you’ll need to inspect the muscle that you plan on using to ensure that it doesn’t have any knife punctures or gashes in it. These cuts can introduce unwanted bacteria to your already sterile muscle. If you can follow these 2 pieces of advice you can safely cure your whole muscle using only salt.
So why are curing salts added to whole muscle dry curing projects if they are technically not necessary. Well, often people will add curing salt to preserve the color of the finished product or some will add curing salts to enhance the flavor. Some even add curing salts as an extra layer of protection for the “unknown”. Everyone has their own reasons. I can tell you this, if you are unsure or you don’t want to take any chances, my advice to you would be to simply add the appropriate amount of curing salt to your muscle. In the recipe below I’ve added curing salts as an optional ingredient in the event you feel like you want to add it.
Drying in your home refrigerator
Drying meats inside of your home refrigerator can be tricky because of the low humidity and high air speed. Both of these factors are almost certainly going to produce an overly dried piece of charcuterie. The trick to making this happen is having a unique wrap around our coppa that controls the moisture loss. I have used lots of different product over the past 10 years that claim to do this and the one I like the most is The Sausage Makers Dry Aging Wraps. These wraps were developed for dry aging beef but in my experiments I’ve found that they produce some pretty good charcuterie as well.
When you use these dry aging wraps, simply (and carefully) place the coppa on the sheet and begin to wrap the muscle with your dry aging sheet. As you fold the wrap around the meat you will want to press out any air pockets. Once it’s fully wrapped place the netting around the meat, weigh it, record the weight, and place it in your refrigerator till you lose the appropriate amount of weight. I like 35% for this recipe. That’s it!!
I hope you enjoy this week’s video and recipe. If you give this a go be sure to let me know how your came out and if you have any questions ask away in the comment section below.
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- Butchers Twine & Dispenser/Cutter
- Iodophor Sanitizer
- Waterproof Digital Scale
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- Heavy Duty Vacuum Sealer
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Easy to make Spicy Capocollo (Coppa)
- 1000 g Coppa Muscle
For the Cure
- 30 g Kosher Salt
- 15 g turbinado sugar
- 2.5 g black pepper
- 2.2 g red pepper flakes
- 3.2 g cayenne pepper
- 3.2 g Calabrian pepper powder
- 3.8 g garlic powder
- 3.2 g smoked paprika
- 2.5 g Insta Cure #2 this is only for color and flavor enhancement. If you add cure reduce the salt level by how ever much cure is added
- dry aging wraps this is the wrap you'll be using to dry this in your home refrigerator
- Weigh your coppa muscle and type the weight in the box above that reads "How much do you want to make?"
- Combine all of the "cure" ingredients and rub them onto your meat. Be sure to include 100% of all the cure spices. You don't want to leave any spices behind. Place the meat (and any spices that are left in the tray) in a bag and vacuum seal it (or a zip lock bag and remove as much air as possible).
- Once your meat has been vac sealed place it in your refrigerator for 7-21 days (depending on the size). Be sure to turn and massage the meat daily.
- After the appropriate amount of time in the refrigerator the coppa has been cured and you can remove it from the fridge. Blot the muscle dry with a paper towel. Sprinkle the meat with a little wine or water to create a slightly wet surface.
- Place the cured coppa in the middle of a Dry Aging Sheet and gently fold each side over the coppa trying to remove as much air bubbles out as possible. Trim off any excess.
- Once you wrap your coppa in the dry aging sheets (try to get as much air out as possible), place the net around it, weigh the muscle, record the weight, and place it to dry in your refrigerator. Make sure that it is on a grating or hanging so that there's air flow on all sides.
- Once you lose 33% – 35% weight your dry cured coppa is finished. Slice thinly and enjoy.
- Take your coppa and give it a vinegar or wine wash (to remove any molds), then place the uncut piece in a vac sealed bag and vacuum seal it. Store it in your refrigerator. It will be good for up to a year.
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106 thoughts on “Make Spicy Capocollo in your home refrigerator”
soy nuevo suscriptor, es muy interesante su trabajo.
Hi Eric, Thanks for this recipe. I have been following your YouTube channel and have learnt lots. I just prepared a 1.6 kg of pork cut and is presently curing in the fridge. I shall comeback with the results after 35 days dry aged following curing of 10 days.
nice. Can’t wait
What a great idea to make this at home!
Are there any cheaper or easily available alternatives to the dry aging wraps? With international shipping they’re almost $50.
As a Pole living in Poland I am so happy to see you have recipes for popular Polish cured meats, kielbasa and krakowska are real staples here, I am looking forward to trying them out and comparing them with our local products.
Thank you. I al working on other techniques to see if we can make dry cured products even easier in the refrigerator. I love a good polish sausage. Just make Kapusniak this week. SO GOOD!!!
In Europe/Germany there are dry curing bags available which can be vacuum sealed.
Dry aging bags:
Hi Tomek and hi to everyone,
Not a problem in Poland: https://vacus.pl/42-worki-do-dojrzewanie-miesa.
Was very happy when I found your show on YouTube.
I went to Amazon to look for the Dry aging steak wraps but nothing’s currently available.
Q. I’m thinking trying of using sushi wrappers. Your thoughts? Stupid?
Living in the Philippines.
I just checked on amazon and i guess they restocked their inventory.. Very interesting about sushi paper. You’ll have to let me know if that works.
Do sushi wrappers equal nori seaweed?
@Leslie yes, nori and sushi wrappers are the same material. I actually have a pork loin curing right now in sushi wraps to see what happens. Hopefully in a month I’ll find out😁
Eric, I just stumbled onto this feed after googling homemade capocollo today.
Did your nori/sushi wrappers work? I too find the dry aging bags a little cost prohibitive…but am willing to explore the options with my pork loins. Interesting approach.
The nori worked but added a very seaweed flavor to the meat. The rice paper seemed to have worked but on further testing I found it to be too inconsistent..
Hi from Argentina!
I’ve seen almost every video of yours, I think. You have a really excellent channel.
I wanted to ask you something regarding the Dry Aging Wraps.
Here in Argentina (and for what I see in the comments, a lot of other places as well) we cant get those kind of wraps.
But we have a microporous plastic sheet to make our Bondiola (very similar to Capocollo, I believe!), which is very similar to cellophane (but not equal).
Could this microporous work the same as your dry aging wraps?
Thank you in advance, for your answer, and for your future videos, which I will definitively see.
If you are able to make Bondiola with those sheets then I’m pretty sure you can make this recipe. Could you send me a link so that I can see what they look like..
I will try it then and tell you how it went.
Here is a link for you to explore.
I didn’t find almost anything related to food industry usage, except the technical name, which is PT300.
Yes. IT looks like that would work for this project.
Will try and comment here the results!
This is really interesting, and much less expensive than the dry age wraps. I’d love to see if you can get your hands on some and try it out!
I am in Australia and would be intested to know what the wrap is you used.
I found a recipe for bondiola that used waxed food wrap papers
I completed this recipe. Starting weight 1.36kg after 10 days in the fridge to dry curr it weighed 834g. I took it out of the wrap and started to slice it, but it was still a little raw and chewy in the middle. Is this how it is supposed to be or should I re-wrap it and let it dry some more?
Hey Colby. Lots of charcuterie comes down to personal preference. Some people like these cuts to be quite soft and others would rather them to be more firm. It is intended to be rather soft. If it’s cut very thinly and i mean super thin the piece almost melts in your mouth. If you want it more firm I would rewrap and place it back into the fridge. Out of curiosity did you use the wraps from this video or something different. 10 days seems super fast for a 3 pound coppa…. I’d love a picture of your finished product as well if you could email one to me. email@example.com
I did use the wraps that you recommended. I used your link to purchase them through Amazon. I did not use the same cut of meat as you recommended. I used what I had which much less fat marble as your photo. I wrapped it in cheese cloth this time and will continue to check it. I will send you photos of before slicing and after. My slicer does not slice as thin as you recommend.
I made this recipe and let the Capaco1a lose 35% of it weight. When I cut into it it was not done yet. What can I do since I removed the the drying sheet and cut it.
Is there a way to continue to dry it?
Hey Paul. At 35% weight loss it’s totally done. Are you saying that you prefer it to have a more firm texture? If so you can wrap in a couple layers of softened rice paper or cheese cloth (in a pinch) then place it back in the fridge to lose more weight.
Is there a way to determine nutritional values?
I’m really looking forward to trying this one! I have a wine cooler which I’m trying to use as my chamber for curing meats, cheeses, etc. because I have room to hang unlike the home fridge. The temperature is warmer than the home fridge; can I still do this recipe?
yes. 13c (55f) should work well. If you can have high humidity it would be even better (80%)
Eric, I never did get around to this because when I went to butcher my shoulder, they had cut it weird and I couldn’t really get a good Coppa, etc. I finally did just get one fresh from a local hog. So, wine fridge at 55 degrees. Can I still use the dry aging wrap–I have trouble controlling the humidity in there.
yes. If you use the dry aging wraps they will greatly help with the lack of control of humidity. Also, the flavor will be better😉
Is there any beef substitute for coppa that I can work with this recipe?
not really. The beef cut that’s used most often is eye of round but it’s nothing like the coppa cut from a pork. Still delicious just not as much fat..
roger that. thanks a lot.
Hi Erick, thank you so much for sharing your knowledge with all of us. Last night I seasoned my coppa and also a roast loin (experimenting with that cut) and I added 20% more of salt and spices to the rub. I realized that after I sealed them in the bags. Should I adjust the brine time by 20% less or should I open the bags, rinse the meats and redo the process?
Great question. I’ve never done that. You could rinse the meat and redo the process. That would be the safe bet.
i cannot find where you say what size meat netting you use. 8? 10? 12? 14?
I think it’s a #16. It came with the pack of dry aging sheets..
16, wow, seems large, but ur the guy. thanks 4 the inspiration
I have been an avid follower of all the video’s you make and this one really struck a chord and I came upon it just in time to get a coppa ready for Xmas. As a european it was a bit of a search for the dry aging sheets, but all went well and today I opened up a beautifully cured and aged coppa, ready for consumption! Really happy with the result, the fam had a first taste and it was a hit all around. Couldn’t have done it without you, thanks for the inspiration!
(now eyeing the smoked garlic sausage recipe, hmmmm 😉
NICE!!! Congratulations!! Can’t wait to hear about the next project..
My meat is cured now. Should I rinse off the salts before apply the spices for the second stage?
You can. I normally don’t rinse it off. Actually I add all of my spices during the first step, then (once cured) wrap with a sheet and begin the drying process
Hi Eric,what type of shelf life would you give the vac capocollo,Thx Ray
They don’t seem to have those sheets on Amazon.
Will Collagen sheets work ? are they not the same?
Try this: https://amzn.to/3FBZbp5
The collagen sheets are not the same..
Thanks so much for the wealth of knowledge you are passing on!
As a child I helped my father make capicoli and sopresata and fresh Calabrian sausage. We never used nitrate/nitrites to preserve. We essentially made our fresh sausage……took some of the already salted and seasoned meat and added more salt, so much that it was too salty for fresh sausage but enough to cure the meat.
We hung or pressed depending on what we were making in our “Cantina”, a cool dark room in the basement. Always worked out well. However, I do see the potential risk.
Traditionally we used the bury the coppa in salt and wash with wine method followed by casing sticks and hanging method.
I really like your method with the brining in the fridge wrapping it and netting it!
Can I also use that method and your calculator but omitting the seasoning but keeping the salt in the recipe?
Hi. I have a question I did a capoollo as per your video. The meat tastes great but there is no aging aroma ( prosciutto aroma) at all. What went wrong ?what is responsible for that aroma?
The aging aroma comes from the bacterial activity that happens as it dries in slightly elevated temperatures. In a refrigerator you won’t get that..
Hi Eric – for those of us drying in the fridge, and going to Konrad’s question – after curing and drying, is the capocollo room temperature stable (if sealed in a vacuum bag)?
I’m wondering if it is RT stable, maybe we can get more of that nice aged flavor after the drying is complete by letting it sit at room temperature for 2-3 weeks?
This assumes one can avoid the temptation to eat it right away, of course. Mine is at 70% after 30 days and the rate of moisture loss is slowing daily, so it’s getting really hard to wait! (Loss was averaging about 2.2%/day first week, about 1.6%/day the following week, and at this point is just under 1% per day – so I’ve still got 6-7 days to wait.)
Once the meat has been dried the bacterial activity is greatly reduced. Flavor development usually happens when the water activity is much higher. With that being said there could be a chance that the flavor will be affected.
Thanks for the recipe and tutorial. I would like to know your thoughts on any experiments you may have run using collagen wraps as opposed to the vegetable based wraps you used in this recipe.
All the best,
Apologies, just read the reply above.
I am going to try this for my first dry cure attempt. I am going to hang it in a converted fridge (thanks for the step by step video). Are the dry cure wraps you use required if ageing in a chamber? If I put the meat in a net after the curing process would they yield the same results?
Cool. Very exciting. If you are hanging it in a chamber you will want to wrap ot in either a natural casing (like a beef bung) or some sort of synthetic casing. I personally like “collagen sheets” from the sausage maker but pretty much any casing would work. As an aside, I’m not a super huge fan of cheese cloth as it won’t produce optimal results, but in a pinch it’ll work
Hey Eric, is it the end of the world if I forgot to massage for a minute before sealing for brining? I kinda just rubbed it on and made sure it was coated and then tried to make sure the rest that was left (more than you had) was evenly distributed in the bag though once sealed you do notice the spots with the excess rub.
It’s no problem. Rubbing helps distribute it more evenly but if you forgot, that’s ok too
Thanks for the reply Eric! One last thing, I know they are not needed for whole cuts, but I kinda wanted to have that slight extra safety however I only had instacure#1 and used the amounts listed (subtracting the equivalent amount of salt) for instacure #2. Will this be a problem? I know normally they can’t be exchanged for one another but figured worse case it won’t have much of an antibacterial affect as #2 so should be ok?
In this very specific situation it’s ok. The reason is because rthis cut technically doesn’t need a cure to dry safely. If you were making a salami though I would advise against it. Perhaps getting a small pack of Cure#2 might be on the short list of things to buy😉
Yessir it’s on the list! Thank you!!
Thank you! I have not made this yet but I’m still giving it 5-stars because after watching the YT video I’m shocked at how easy this will be to make one of my favorites at home. The only meats I’ve made are corned beef/pastrami and a few ground & cured sausages (e.g. “Slim Jim” type stuff).
One question – I have a dedicated refrigerator in the basement (no one gets into it but me) that I dry age beef in, and I generally dry age the beef unwrapped. With such a setup, could one simply place the coppa on a cooling wrack and dry it unwrapped? Or do the wraps retard water loss to a certain extent, such that unwrapped it would lose water way too fast?
That is correct. If you place it unwrapped it would basically lose water too fast forming a thick pellicle around the muscle. The idea is to have it dry nice and even.. The wraps help. Sometimes people use cheese cloth but I’m not a super fan of the results,
Many thanks for taking the time to respond, Eric. I’m already into this current process so I will use cheesecloth moistened daily for the current piece. But I’ve also ordered the wraps from Amazon for the future attempts at this and many more!
Cool. Let me know how it turns out.
Update. This is really nice stuff. I got done drying 06 May but it had a fairly tough rind so I bagged it in the fridge to equilibrate for (almost) 3 weeks. That took care of all of the rind except small part of the edge, maybe a 30 degree arc of the muscle and only about 1 mm thick.
But I did chicken out and did not try the cheesecloth method I mentioned earlier. Amazon got the dry aging steak wraps to me several days ahead of the original schedule and because I had them on hand… well, I chickened out on using the cheesecloth method. Glad I did because as I’ve mentioned in some of the other recipes, this refrigerator is very low humidity and without the wraps it would have gotten a heavier rind, even sooner.
I’m about 3 weeks away from getting my first Cappocolla out of the (domestic) fridge. I’ve had it lying on a wire rack for air to circulate and I can’t wait for the results. However despite wrapping in a UMAI dry aging bag and then the latticed butcher’s sleeve the whole muscle has flattened out considerably…. and I guess that can’t be avoided unless you hang the thing somehow but that’s difficult in a standard home fridge!
Secondly – can all whole muscle joints be done using this method?
Love the enthusiasm and delivery of your videos – keep up the fantastic work.
Yeah. A netting does seem to help but they will eventually flatten a bit. No worries..
Yes. All whole muscles can be done like this. Thanks for the comment!!
Hey Eric me again 😁.
Was wondering if I could get your opinion, I have my coppa drying right now and used the dry aging wraps, currently in my fridge:
starting weight : 2588g
After 14 days: 2084g
Does that seem like a normal progression of weight loss? My target would be 1682g, if it’s too fast what Can I do to slow it down?
It does seem a little fast. If you have a cripser in your refrigerator , that might be an option to slow down the drying..
This came out perfect!!!
NICE!!!! Congratulations!! This is one of my absolute favorite pieces of charcuterie.
After getting excited with the prospect of getting my first Coppa done I’ve just seen that there is a white mould forming on the meat – it is generally small white spots but appears to be spreading quite a bit. Given that I’m doing this with the UMAI dry-aging bag will this just be a case of washing the Coppa in vinegar or is it now not safe to eat? I’m also a little conscious of other fridge items too….
You can just wash it off with vinegar and it will be ok to eat once it finishes drying..
Thanks Eric – I’ll let you know how it comes out!
I say 4 star because I altered the recipe for 3 of the 4 coppas. Started cure Jan 20, wrapped in collagen sheets and netted about day 25 due to time issues… just weighed them today (April 19th) and 2 are at 35% loss, two still need a bit more time, conventional fridge as the food safety gurus will not allow them hanging in my walk-in as it’s not dedicated. Slight case hardening but will be rinsed and chamber sealed for a while to equalize… then we shall see. I have a livestock farm and meat processing license so I have a load of pork, beef and lamb as well as poultry going through here.
This was my first attempt at charcuterie it took a full month to reach its 35% weight loss but time sure makes things better, this was wonderful and I will happily jump down that rabbit hole now that I have had success.
NICE!!!!! That’s great to hear!
Eric, love the site and your commitment to helping others.
I’ve had success with Braseola but struggle with Copa. My current Copa is struggling to lose weight in our spare fridge. The weight loss after 5 weeks is 27% with last week’s loss of 2%, any suggestions?
You might just want to see where it takes you. Mine normally takes 8-9 weeks to get to 35%.
I got the meat today at my local butcher. I’m gonna try this out. Thanks for sharing, Eric.
I have a couple of quick questions. I am about to start making this Capocollo and I was wondering some things. 1) You don’t wash off the spices from the initial cure. Do you have to wash off the spices if you’re using Insta cure #2? Or would you simply cure the meat first with just Insta Cure #2, salt and sugar and rinse them off once cured. And then add your spices before placing in drying aging sheet? In general do you always have to rinse off insta cure prior to drying/aging?
2) If I wanted to make this less spicy or “sweet Capocollo” how should I tweak the recipe? Should I just eliminate the Calabrian pepper, cayenne pepper and red pepper flakes and substitute those spice quantities with extra smoked paprika? Or just eliminate either Calabrian or Cayenne?
Thank you so much in advance you have a great website and youtube channel!
You don’t have to wash off the spices after it’s finished curing. I usually don’t as it gives the meat a great “crust” once it’s finished drying. The advantage of using the spices in the beginning is they penetrate the meat, so you get that additional flavor.
To make it less spicy just omit the Calabrian pepper/cayenne. You could add sweet paprika or smoked paprika to make up the difference but it’s not necessary.
How long do you leave it in the vac bag in the refrigerator. The instructions say 7 to 21 days. Is there a formula?
yep. Here’s a brining calculator: https://genuineideas.com/ArticlesIndex/saltbrinecalculator.html
Click on brine time and fill in the info
I use beef bungs for my coppa. If I wrap a couple in the dry age sheets and put them in the cellar at 75% humidity would that also work. Or do you need a drier environment like a fridge?
That would work. It would be an expensive alternative to natural casings, but it would work
Hey I made a couple of Cappas. They are finished curing and have dried in fridge until 30% was reached. Can I hang them at room temp to store?
Just wondering if the message was received
if you dry them to 40%, yes. They will continue to dry though at room temp, and will most likely grow mold on the outside
Greetings Eric, so happy i found your page and youtube! Question for this recipe, is the Coppa muscle the same what they call the money muscle in BBQ?
The money muscle is part of the coppa muscle
Does it matter if I leave the meat to cure longer that what was recommended as per that link
nope. Just try to start the drying process within 1-2 after scheduled finish cure date
Another question. I built a meat curing chamber last year and made calabrese…thanks it worked out great. This year I am doing it again along with some Cappocola. My question is… can I use my meat curing chamber along side of my calabrese to cure my copa?
yes. You can cure all sorts of things at the same time. Just add them to your chamber when they are ready to dry.
Hi Eric, Love your channel!! I’m getting prepared to make this recipe. How can I introduce a red wine into the cure for flavor? Also can I smoke it prior to the aging process?
PS: I would love to see you do a “gentile” salami sometime.
I would add the wine to the cure then smoke after it’s finished curing but before drying.
After curing, salt + cure #2 I realized there was a crease on one side. I think I had a bit of the shoulder still attached. I trimmed this off pretty smooth before wrapping and hanging it in 55F ~80%. A little bit of the seasoning was trimmed off at that point (1116g before, 1008g after). Does that sound OK?
should be fine
Firstly, thanks very much for introducing me to beginners curing and drying. I have little equipment apart from ziplock bags but your expertise and knowledge has meant I have successfully done the easy recipes such as bacon and biltong and finally did a successful Bresaola.
For this recipe you have the optional #2 cure . Now obviously this is optional but you mention it enhances the looks and flavour. However, I only have #1 from my bacon expiment. I recall from your videos #1 acts in hours and is used for sausages, #2 takes days.
If I were to use #1 instead would it be a waste of time or would it “half work” ? It would be interesting to see a video where you use them back to back on both sausages and longer cured meats how they work, why you use them and what happens if you use the wrong one. Just as a teaching video, I am sure a lot of beginners will benefit like me.
Apologies if you have done this, I am working backwards in time on your videos whilst I progress. I am trying to do one new cured or dried meat per month due to budget constraints. Jerky will be next.
Many thanks for doing all these, this is what youtube is for, to let people share your passion with a guiding hand. Your web calculators, links to brining guides etc really takes the guesswork out and means more success and less failure, which prevents people getting disheartened and giving up. I’ve got 3 out of 3 to various success, not as good as yours, but more than edible. So cheers !
Hey Andy. OK. So what I am about to tell you will not apply to all situations, but it can apply to this one. Because a curing salt is technically not needed for this project you can use cure #1 to get the color and flavor benefits. BUT, if a curing salt would have been needed (like in the case of a salami) then you would not be able to use cure #1. Does that make sense
Basically you are using cure #1 only for color and flavor as it will not work for long term protection. I would use 2.75% salt and .25% cure #1 in the recipe.
Thanks Eric for the speedy reply, that makes perfect sense. If any future recipe I follow requires the longer term protection I will of course buy the #2 beforehand to give me that.
I’ve come to realise it is a very complex subject, of which I am just scratching the surface. It’s amazing how in past people worked it out to give the amazing variety we have today. And of course you are adding your own footsteps to that ongoing history.
Have a nice evening !