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I have searched on this forum for some research on lardo but I was finding little and it was scattered all over. I wanted to start a thread where people could drop different recipes for making different types of lardo as well as recipes for enjoying it.

As I understand it, there are two main ways to cure lardo, by brining or dry-curing it. Aging also varies widely from 3-4 weeks to months. How do these different methods affect the flavor and which may be better for making lardo at home?

I should be getting some fat-back from a local farmer next week so i'd be excited to hear your input on making lardo.


Jeremy Behmoaras

Cornell School for Hotel Administration Class '09

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I have searched on this forum for some research on lardo but I was finding little and it was scattered all over. I wanted to start a thread where people could drop different recipes for making different types of lardo as well as recipes for enjoying it.

As I understand it, there are two main ways to cure lardo, by brining or dry-curing it. Aging also varies widely from 3-4 weeks to months. How do these different methods affect the flavor and which may be better for making lardo at home?

I should be getting some fat-back from a local farmer next week so i'd be excited to hear your input on making lardo.

I've made lardo using the brining method...brined for 3 months. It is awesome. I believe i posted the details in the charcuterie thread. Take a look there. Basically it involves making a hot brine in which you steep your aromatics (sage, rosemary, juniper, bay leaf) and then let it cool. Soak the fat back in this for a time, eat.

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i haven't made lardo, but one thing i've noticed eating american-made product is that it seems to be very difficult getting backfat that is thick enough. i've been told this by mr. batali, too, whose first attempts i found to have good texture but to be really, really salty. he said he'd finally found backfat he was happy with and that future attempts would be better.

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jmolinari - I did see that recipe, i'll definately give it a try.

russ - do you have any idea about how thick the fatback should be and on reducing the saltiness. I heard that it is possible to soak it in water for an hour or something but i wonder how that would affect the flavor.... And how did you get in touch with Mario B. he's the man!!!


Jeremy Behmoaras

Cornell School for Hotel Administration Class '09

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jeremy, i don't know how thick. the batali lardo i had was about 1 1/2 inches, if i recall correctly. i checked my notes and he just said "finally found some good thick" with no specifications. And i had talked to armandino, mario's dad, who truly is the man.

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I just acquired a small piece (1/2 lb) of locally made lardo from Knight Salumi. What is the best way to showcase this ingredient? Thin slices on homemade country bread sounds like a good start. I've never had lardo but have been looking for it since reading about it in Buford’s 'Heat'.

I have this idea that I could use it in spaghetti carbonara although this may be too rich - any thoughts? I have some artichokes already braised a la Tom Colicchio (think like a chef), so using them as a building block for spaghetti with lardo and artichokes is also an option.

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I throw it into amatriciana sauce, along with the guanciale. It's excellent.

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Thanks for the idea demo5, that sounds delicious. Now I need to find guanciale! (Yes I could attempt making it but it would take a while). In the meantime, I will experiment. For now I will work under the assumption that lardo can be used in the same manner as pancetta.

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Am another lardo-aficionado. But am determined to try the dry-cure method. any more details anyone?

I have quite a small piece in the freezer (about 400 gr), no skin, it consists of several smaller pieces unfortunately I think but I'm trying to keep the whole thing together.

thanks!


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Russo-Soviet food, voluptuous stories, fat and offal – from a Russian snuggled in the Big Old Smoke.

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Weird, I just bought a chunk of lardo from Oyama Meats at Granville Island Market earlier this week - have been reading about it too and they had it in stock on this visit. All I have done with it so far is slice it really thin and put it on thin slices of baguette and broiled it for crostini - quite yummy. Froze half to save it for this summer when I make pizza on the BBQ. Aside from pasta sauce are there any other good things to do with it?


Llyn Strelau

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thanks Paul, but I was hoping for a specific recipe (also without having to store the thing in a marble box!)


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