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Old 09-02-2017, 05:51 PM   #1
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Speck

I decided to use the hog jowl I was going to use to make guanciale to make German/Austrian type speck. I used juniper berries, caraway seeds, a few yellow mustard seeds, garlic powder, a small bay leaf, a bit of brown sugar, kosher salt, and a bit of pink salt. Whirled it all in the spice grinder to make a powder. The pieces will cure for about a week, turning every day, then will be washed, dried overnight in the fridge, then will be smoked over alder or beech. It started out weighing 3.7 pounds, but I cut off the skin/rind because it still had a bunch of hair in it and I didn't want to.mess with trying to get that out. Once I wash it, I'll cut off a small piece and cook.it to test for salt. If it's too salty, it will spend some time in plain water to draw out some of the salt.



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Old 09-03-2017, 09:15 AM   #2
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Looking forward to updates as you progress. Awesome.
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Old 09-17-2017, 06:39 AM   #3
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Due to Hurricanus Irma interruptus, I ended up washing as much of the cure off as I could and refreezing these a week ago Friday. We defrosted and cooked some small pieces yesterday. They were pretty salty so spent last night in a water bath. Craig just cut off another slice, cooked it up, and much better. They'll be getting smoked later on, along with some shrimp snd corn for dinner tonight. Pics to follow.
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Old 09-18-2017, 06:01 PM   #4
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Smoked,



Portioned for the freezer,



Kaese spatzele is on the menu for next week.
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Old 09-18-2017, 08:47 PM   #5
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That's beautiful!!!! I want some! ha ha. I think my DH would really like that so it's something I ought to figure out.
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Rendered cubes of speck on the spatzle, ready for the cheese sauce and caramelized onions. I used the rendered fat in the caramelized onions, the roux with butter, and in the spatzle dotter.
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+1 for the picture and description
-1 for me not receiving an invitation to dinner!
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I started to run and I made it all the way to my mail box on the road.....maybe next time! Thanks!!!!!!!!!!
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