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Old 08-06-2017, 01:23 PM   #1
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Finally Found It!

After looking in every Italian market close to us, we finally found it in a little place called The Italian Depot. We were at a Farmers Market and the place was next door. It had a small refrigerated section and maybe 5 shelves of dry goods.

Guanciale





Its domestic from a company in Iowa. It is also the best price we have found, even on the net. I paid $70.00 for 5-1/4 pounds.

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Old 08-06-2017, 02:34 PM   #2
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Glad you found it, but clue the rest of us in, why is it so special?
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Old 08-06-2017, 02:45 PM   #3
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Glad you found it, but clue the rest of us in, why is it so special?
It is similar to pancetta, but made from the hog jowl and seasoned slightly different. Like pancetta it is cured, but not smoked like bacon. Mario Batali swears by it and it is what Carbonara should be made with. Also the texture is different due to the fat being from the jowl and not the belly.
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Expensive stuff! Fortunately, you don't need a lot for carbonara.
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Old 08-06-2017, 03:14 PM   #5
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Glad I like mine with bacon.
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Old 08-06-2017, 04:38 PM   #6
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That looks great...I wonder how far I would have to travel to find some.
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Old 08-06-2017, 04:40 PM   #7
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We just got finished vacu sealing the guanciale in more or less 8 oz portions. Can't wait to make carbonara with it. It has a higher fat to meat ratio than pancetta, and is much more dense. It will be interesting to make the comparison. Personally, I like to try new things, even if I later decide that I like the cheaper and/or more available products better or the same afterward.

Penn Dutch had 80/20 ground chuck on sale for $1.99, so Craig bought a bunch of that, and we just got done portioning that and vacu sealing too.
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I saw the title and thought for sure that it was Princess saying she had found her camera.
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I saw the title and thought for sure that it was Princess saying she had found her camera.
Nope, but I have the next 7 days off and will make a concerted effort to dig it up.
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Old 08-07-2017, 06:24 AM   #10
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Ooh, guanciale. Good score. That stuff is even hard to find here in the big city. Same goes with bresaola.
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