Center of Salami Retaining Moisture

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  1. ajdozier

    ajdozier

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    I have a curing chamber that I built and have been experimenting with different salami recipes for about a year now. I am having a problem with the center of my salami still retaining moisture, even after a significant drying period and after they have lost over 30% of their original weight. I am able to keep the chamber right around 60 degrees F, and the humidity ranges between 55-70% since the refrigerator cuts on and off. If anyone has any ideas on how to get these salamis dry throughout please let me know what I'm doing wrong.
     
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    nicko Founder of Cheftalk.com Staff Member

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    What ratio are you using for your mix? Fat to protein etc? Have you tried taking the temp down to 50?
     
  5. kuan

    kuan Moderator Staff Member

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    Looking at Fritz Sonnenschmidt's book:

    Furst ;) incubation phase, 2 days at 70F, 75-85% humidity.

    Second is 50-60F, no humidity given, and can take up to 8 months depending on the type of Salami..  Wonder why he doesn't give the humidity.
     
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    I'll check out those groups on Facebook. Thanks. I've been using Polcyn and Ruhlman's books. I used 15% back fat with shoulder for the last one.
     
  7. ajdozier

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    The incubation phase hadn't been a problem. I have a ph meter so I can see that the bacteria culture has been working during that phase. I guess the outside of the salami has been drying too quickly, trapping moisture on the inside. I'm thinking I need to keep the humidity higher
     
  8. someday

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    I'm just throwing this out there, is it possible to make smaller salamis? If you use a smaller casing that might help. 
     
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    kuan Moderator Staff Member

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    For reference and educational purposes.  I hope you can read them.


     
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