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Offline cathouse willy

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dry curing
« on: August 02, 2017, 12:36:00 pm »
I'd like to try making prosciutto and salamis. I have a spot in a cool basement for a cabinet but I'm not sure of the temps and humidity that i'd need to maintain. Can anyone recommend a good write up on the process?

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Re: dry curing
« Reply #1 on: August 02, 2017, 02:24:12 pm »
There are a number of post about this, from how to build a curing unit.

 http://forum.bradleysmoker.com/index.php?topic=33914.msg394556#msg394556

http://forum.bradleysmoker.com/index.php?topic=32134

I built one using a small soda refer and did it so when I'm not curing I can still use it for sodas.
Bradley 4 rack Digital, 900 watt, Auber PID
Bradley cold smoke adapter
Char-Griller Smoking Pro BBQ Smoker with rotisserie
Brinkman Bullet Smoker
Weber 24”
Custom Hard Cure Cabinet for Salami
One Auber Master Temp monitor and two remotes with probes, up to ten remotes can be used.

Offline cathouse willy

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Re: dry curing
« Reply #2 on: August 03, 2017, 10:33:49 am »
Thanks for the reply. My plan is a wooden cabinet with a small bar fridge built into the bottom for cooling and a small humidifier. The spot I plan to keep it is in the basement, avg temp 65 f and humidity 70%. I am looking at an Inkbird ihc230, a temp/humidity controller. I can't find any bad reviews on the internet,has anyone here used one?
http://www.ink-bird.com/products-humidity-controller-ihc230.html

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Re: dry curing
« Reply #3 on: August 13, 2017, 11:57:42 am »
The drying cabinet is moving along.The cabinet is built and I've collected most of the parts I'll need. I already have a small bar fridge for cooling and I found a small dehumidifier and a controller for it all, also there's a low speed muffin fan for circulation and air exchange. The cabinet is 1/4" ply over 2x2 framing, the basement is quite cool and humid so I'm hoping that will be enough. Now I need a good recipe for a first batch of salami or ham, any advice welcomed.

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Re: dry curing
« Reply #4 on: August 29, 2017, 10:30:25 am »
Where did everyone go?? I'ts been over 4 days and not one new post.This is where my meat drying cabinet is,pretty much ready to go. ai have a recipe for hungarian salami from Len Poli's site,All I need now is for the unusually hot weather to break and I'll start






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Re: dry curing
« Reply #5 on: August 29, 2017, 01:09:26 pm »
I know. I posted about my heating element and got answers but just don't have the time to work on it now. Surprised no other posts also???

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Re: dry curing
« Reply #6 on: August 30, 2017, 01:30:30 am »
Your cabinet is looks like it is coming alone really well. Though I just mainly try to answer others questions, lately I've been busy getting ready for my annual barbecue party.


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Re: dry curing
« Reply #7 on: August 30, 2017, 04:26:30 pm »
Sweet looking cabinet! Is that an inkbird temp control? I havent
Been on here or doing much in the way of smoking or processing meat this summer. Between operating our cabinet shop, building our new house and camping there hasn't been much time.. when the fall rolls around I'll get back into things.

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Re: dry curing
« Reply #8 on: September 12, 2017, 09:21:05 am »
Salami Calabrese. My first attempt at air drying sausage. All cased up and ready for the fermenting/drying cabinet. With a bit of luck it should be ready for Christmas. The oddball lengths are a result of poor planning.


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Re: dry curing
« Reply #9 on: September 12, 2017, 05:29:57 pm »
Wish I had time to busy at work that looks nice hope sausage trunks out perfectly for you .

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Re: dry curing
« Reply #10 on: October 05, 2017, 07:45:53 pm »
Success!!! salamis lost 30% of their weight so it's taste time. It has a nice tang and a bit of heat and looks ok too.



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Re: dry curing
« Reply #11 on: October 06, 2017, 04:09:42 pm »
I see you didn't use the peninsula mold, I use it all the time when dry curing.
Bradley 4 rack Digital, 900 watt, Auber PID
Bradley cold smoke adapter
Char-Griller Smoking Pro BBQ Smoker with rotisserie
Brinkman Bullet Smoker
Weber 24”
Custom Hard Cure Cabinet for Salami
One Auber Master Temp monitor and two remotes with probes, up to ten remotes can be used.

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Re: dry curing
« Reply #12 on: October 06, 2017, 05:19:14 pm »
I did use the mondostart surface culture but it didn't really get started. I think it's because I soaked the casings in warm chlorinated tap water, I have a small lonzino in the cabinet that has lots of white mold and I used water that the chlorine had evaporated from...live and learn.

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Re: dry curing
« Reply #13 on: October 06, 2017, 07:36:18 pm »
 Chlorinated tap water will kill the mold, when I'm doing salami I use non chlorinated and the spray with the mold I use the same. For a good start on the mold use a high humidity and a temp of 50deg for the first 24hrs or until you see the mold, works great for me.
Bradley 4 rack Digital, 900 watt, Auber PID
Bradley cold smoke adapter
Char-Griller Smoking Pro BBQ Smoker with rotisserie
Brinkman Bullet Smoker
Weber 24”
Custom Hard Cure Cabinet for Salami
One Auber Master Temp monitor and two remotes with probes, up to ten remotes can be used.

Offline chuckb01

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Re: dry curing
« Reply #14 on: October 12, 2017, 11:49:39 am »
I see you didn't use the peninsula mold, I use it all the time when dry curing.

I was looking at a thread of yours that was supposed to have photos of a heat controller of some kind: http://forum.bradleysmoker.com/index.php?topic=35347.0

But for some reason all i can see is i need a 3rd party hosting or photobucket. Not going to get photobucket. Do you have photos available elsewhere? I have been making sausage for over 25 years and dry fermented sausage for the past 5 years. I just started making a nice controller for use on a fridge that controls heat, cold, and humidity. Very accurate. I am making 10 of them. i was a n electronics tech before I retired