Thursday, May 16, 2013

Pancetta Steccata dei Monti Nebrodi - Tasting

The pancetta I made late last year is ready (well, it was actually ready in February!), and it's FAAAANTASTIC.

The quality of the pork from Mosefund farm is spectacular. The fat has a wonderful low melting point and just disappears on the tongue.
 The folding allowed the pancetta to stay quite a bit moister than leaving it all flat, while allowing for long aging.
The spicing is great, and evident, but the flavor of the pork stands out beautifully.
This is great both eaten sliced thin on bread, put on warm pizza or in cooking. It's a winner all around!

Thanks again to Mosefund for the Mangalitza belly. I can't recommend them enough. Their pork is great, go get some right now!


Max said...

Looks fantastic. Once my curing chamber is up and running again I'll give it a try; although Mangalitza is difficult to come by here in the UK

Unknown said...

Hi Jason,

Looks great! Couple of questions: I didn't see you mention anything about using pink salt. You didn't have any concerns with folding the belly onto itself, similar to rolled pancetta?
Also, you're eating the pancetta without cooking it... Most of the books I've read (just a couple really) generally recommend cooking pancetta. Is there a rule of thumb that applies to when pancetta should be cooked vs when it can be eaten just cured?

Thanks, great blog!

Jasonmolinari said...

Jens, i did use cure #2 for the exact reason you mention. It's folded over itself.

There is no reason you HAVE to cook a properly salted and cured pancetta. It's just like any other cured meat.

Edward Sasser said...

I assume you weighed all in November with the wood but how did you account for the wood handling the RH or gain in moisture over time at 80% RH of chamber or did you use wet wood or put wood in chamber a few weeks to equalize to RH of Chamber first...or i just a worry wort?! anyway you did it ..! and it looks FAB!
oh yeah i went to Alaska and took Francois Vecchio's course in Palmer..., we did 9 pigs between 7 guys ... fantastic.

Unknown said...

Thanks. I went by time and feel for this. I rarely use weight anymore. Once you get a feel for it, it's not that necessary

Steve said...

Hi Jason,

Love your's really helped me dive head first into curing.

What's that yellow patch in the middle? I assume it's the spices bunching up in the fold's crease, but I can't tell by looking at it.

Jasonmolinari said...

Steve, that's the color the spices gave the meat. I think it's mostly from the oregano.

Steve said...

Hmm...that's kind of weird. Never seen that before. Thanks for responding!

walter brink said...

Hi I just want to know if you leave the skin on. Regards Walter

Jasonmolinari said...

it's removed when you use it.

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CrimsonFancy said...

Thanks for your hard work and documentation. I've bookmarked your blog a long time ago, but now that I'm reading daily the Sausage Debauchery group at FB, I'm more actively interested and moving forward to my own setup.
I'm curious about one thing here and I apologize if it's been covered somewhere I should be reading.

In the photos of your pancetta, what is the yellow color near the fold? I've seen it in other products in photos, but your photo here shows it quite well.
I've attached a clip pointing to the area I'm curious about if that's ok.

Thanks for your help.

Jasonmolinari said...

The yellowing in this case is due to the herbs, specifically the oregano i believe. On exposed fat yellowing is indicative of oxidative rancidity. It won't hurt you, but it won't taste very'll make the fat taste....stale, for lack of a better word.