Guanciale means pillow in Italian. It also means wicked badass cured pork cheek or jowl. It's an amazing concoction of fatty, porky sweet and salty goodness that will change your world and give you a new appreciation for pigs face.
Salumi lovers unite! Prosciutto is a favorite of many with the best coming from Italy. But did you know that prosciutto can be made with lamb as well? Follow along with this step-by-step guide to making this delicious cured meat in your own home.
Recently there has been a resurgence in pickling, canning and curing at home. The art of charcuterie and salumi is no exception and more people are beginning to try their hand at making their own cured meats and sausage at home.
We thought 2011 was a banner year for DIY food books, but this year brought volume after volume -- and the level of quality was unsurpassed. Here's a handful of our favorite books that crossed our desk this year.
There are a few forms of salumi that require nothing more than meat, salt, spices and time. Case in point is one of the simplest, and yet most delicious, meats you can make: Pancetta. Basically, it’s Italian bacon.
It's been a little more than five weeks since Scott and I hung our finocchiona and porcini salami. Even after the weight was down more than 34%, some of the salame still needed more hanging time. What were the causes?
Two weeks into the Festa di Salumi: We started batches of finocchiona and porcini salami, I went to Columbus Salame to see how it's done on a grand scale, we got some stinkin' badges, and Ruhlman and Polcyn speak up about butchery.