Salt Pork question
Posted 17 April 2011 - 08:41 AM
I made my own salt pork, using the recipe from Ruhlman's Charcuterie. Now it is sitting in the fridge in a little container, and it is kind of weeping liquid -- it is sitting in a little pool of its own exuded juices. Is this normal? i've never bought salt pork in the store before (this was something I did with the trimmings from my pork belly that was made into pancetta), so I have no idea what it is supposed to look/taste/behave like...
Posted 17 April 2011 - 09:42 AM
If it's not curing then I'd say that's not normal.
Posted 17 April 2011 - 10:05 AM
Posted 17 April 2011 - 10:25 AM
Also if the liquid looks icky cloudy and or slimy.
If in doubt, toss, but IMO you should be fine to use it soon, I guess you just made it recently? As long as you're still within a reasonable fridge storage window for meat (meaning, you would still cook it if it were in the fridge for that long raw) I'd not be concerned too much.
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Posted 17 April 2011 - 11:31 AM
However, it keeps better if it doesn't sit in the exuded liquid.
I have two or three of these also one like this larger blue one
I put it inside a zip type plastic bag, place the salt pork on it and seal the bag, squeezing out as much air as possible.
I use them for a couple of other things that tend to weep during storage and which I want to keep out of the exudate.
I wash them in the dishwasher, top shelf.
The large blue one is also handy for a couple of other tricks.
Edited by andiesenji, 17 April 2011 - 11:32 AM.
Posted 17 April 2011 - 05:59 PM
Posted 17 April 2011 - 07:39 PM
I use it in greens, usually rendering it a bit first.
I chop it in very small dice and use it in any recipe that calls for pancetta because it is a lot easier to find.
I also chop it fine and use it with ground beef and/or ground turkey in meat loaf to add both flavor and moisture.
I slice it and use it for barding on game and on meat roasts that don't have a lot of internal fat - on turkey.
(Yesterday America's Test Kitchen roasted a turkey exactly this way.)
I use a larding needle to insert it into those denser roasts, venison, bison, elk, beef round, etc.
You push the hollow needle into the salt pork, rotate it if it doesn't go all the way through, to separate the piece, withdraw it, stick it into the meat your are larding and push the thumb piece on the side as you withdraw the needle.
Posted 27 May 2012 - 04:55 PM
I intend to use it in chowders and baked beans. Excited!