Thursday, February 3, 2011

Violino di Capra - Goat prosciutto tasting

The Violino di Capra is ready! It didn't take that long to dry. I forgot to write down when it went into the curing chamber, but I estimate it it's been about 40 days. Not long, but it's a very lean meat, and not very thick, so I'm not surprised it didn't take long.

The leg is very dry and almost stiff as a board! I don't know how much weight it lost, since I forgot to write that down too!
Sliced the leg looks beautiful. A rich crimson/dark red/purple color.
The slices are chewy and extremely rich and gamey. This isn't for the feignt of heart! It has a spicyness that hits you in the back of the throat.
The aroma is definite goat. Really good.
Overall i'm very pleased. I'm not really sure if there is anything I'd do differently. It's pretty much like I remember it in Italy!



Anonymous said...

wow! can't wait to taste when we come to visit!m

Portland Charcuterie Project said...

looks good.. seems like it turned out just about like my lamb proscuitto.. which people love.


Jasonmolinari said...

Certainly less meaty than a lamb prosciutto, and much gamier. I must have gotten the leg of a skinny goat:)

PeterNZ said...

Aaahhhhrrrggg! And I just sold our 8 goats! Ahh well, I have one left. Can't wait for it to grow

Your blog is a great inspiration to me!



Jasonmolinari said...

Definitely recommend making this Peter!

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Nick said...

Hey Jason. Looks sweet. I've got a venison leg curing this way. How do you feel about mold forming on something like this? Let it grow? Scrub it off? Wrap it in cheesecloth? What about sealing it off with lard at some point (like standard pig prosciutto) to keep it from drying too much too quickly? Thanks!

Jasonmolinari said...

Nick, i don't have much of an opinion either long as it's nice white mold it should be fine, but personally i would wipe it with vinegar/water.
Sealing with lard could be interesting, but again, no comment either way, as i don't have enough experience with this particular salume....i know that traditionally it isn't done.

Jasonmolinari said...

Thanks Derek. That sounds interesting. I emailed you.

Michelle | Bleeding Espresso said...

As a goat maaaa, I can't help but imagine my kid's leg hanging there (gah!), but I'm not against goat meat generally...for others ;) We did our first pig slaughter this year (I've lived in southern Italy for nearly eight years, but this was our first year of owning a pig) so lots of things curing as I type.

Do you know how old the goat was that you got? Sorry if it's in the original violino post as I haven't clicked there yet...have you been to the Punk Domestics site btw? Lots of curing stuff there as well :)

Jasonmolinari said...

No idea on teh age of the goat. I imagine not that old, given the leg was quite small!
I have seen Punk Domestics. Neat stuff

Unknown said...

I did deer leg (violin de cervo), but I cold smoke it before I put it in the curing chamber. It was amazing.
Jason, what do you think about cold smoking before placing in curing chamber. I do that to make sure that meat is not going to spoil.

Jasonmolinari said...

I think cold smoking it is a great idea. If your meat is fully cured and properly dried i wouldn't worry about spoilage. The cold smoking would give it good flavor.

Unknown said...

Thanks Jason,
Flavor was awesome (same as you described with little hint of smokiness).
My next project is Jamon Iberico, do you have any suggestions? Should I use Cure #2 or go with salt only?

Jasonmolinari said...

From a safety perspective i would def. use cure #2.

hunter said...

You are the king of salumi

Haas said...

Hi Jason,

Great stuff, have a few projects underway - inspired by you!
We are lucky enough to have access to alot of wild animal in New Zealand.
I went out a 'harvested' 3 wild alpine goats recently. I now have quite a few legs with various recipes curing in chamber, based on your meat to ingredient ratios! Exciting stuff!

I made my own 'prague powder"
Question, I had Sodium Nitrite when I made the cure mix and used the appropriate percentage
However, shipping of Sodium Nitrate was delayed.
I was thinking of sprinkling the Nitrate onto the legs, for a day or two before the 15ish days of curing are complete.
Do you think this will work?
Thanks heaps for your passionate information.
Tom in NZ

Jasonmolinari said...

Haas, Sprinkling nitrate directly won't work most likely. It's going to literally be a pinch of nitrate. Way too small to apply directly.

With whole muscles you should be fine with cure 1 and salt. You don't really have as much risk as with ground products and an anaerobic environment in the salame.

Anonymous said...

Gosh, i'm craving on it!
i'm a lamb person, i guess i would love this very much!