Friday, February 4, 2011

Salame Toscano - Tasting Notes

So here we are:  A watershed moment for the Portland Charcuterie Project.

Our first Salame.   It's a thing of beauty, and tastes great.

As you may recall from our last post, these puppies fermented for 2 days in my ghetto fermenter ( aka "tupperware container in my oven"), then hung in the Mancave for 18 days.

Check them out:  I didn't actually weigh them, but it feels like they've lost about 30-35% of their weight and are very solid.   Beautiful fiore mold on the outside ( I cultured my own mold from a salami purchased at Trader Joe's ).   The first ones are what I'm calling "chubbers" as they were the results of splits in the middles which was caused when I was squeezing the air out of them.  I just shortened them and tied them off ).

Look at the beautiful color, great binding, and gorgeous fat distribution ( no smearing here ).

I couldn't be happier with my first attempt, and am looking forward to cutting down one of the full size salume this weekend.
Chalk this  up as a win for the PCP.   Next up, Fennel Salume.

I also want to thank my friends for a great bday weekend up at Mt. Hood.
Who said 41 was old?

ps.. no bacon chocolate cake this year.. but Stephen and I were able to celebrate our bdays ( me 41, him 40 ) in style with a monster chocolate donut from Sesame Donuts.  We ate that thing for three days!.

Stay tuned for our next posts.. I'm just about ready to bottle my Nocino.


  1. Great Salume, the fennel one sounds super.

  2. That sounds fantastic!
    If you happen to be thinking about a nocino tasting, I would be v. much interested, as I've had at least 3 nocinos (home made) this year, and have been surprised at the difference between them.
    Also, I might have a salmon smoking proposition for you for the summer, if you're interested... ^_^

  3. This is Devlyn, from Savor Portland, btw. I don't have a good standard commenting profile for these kinds of things... :(

  4. Nice work my man! You've really been kicking some butt on here. I've been slacking quite a bit since the accident, and new job, then the newest job. I can't wait to catch up on all your work and get some new stuff done myself! Keep it up brother!

  5. Todd, my phone died and with it all the numbers. Give me a call; would love to fill up your kegerator!