Salami, Pancetta, Capocollo and More - It's Tasting Time!

Salami Tastings and Happy Faces

By: Sara Grazia

Salami Tasting with Sara Grazia

If there’s one thing I love in the world, it’s making my own salami and cured meats, my second greatest passion is when it’s time for tasting all these homemade delicacies I’ve spent days preparing and months nurturing and curing.

Over the past week or so I’ve been busy doing final checks on all the produce I’ve made a few months back. You may recall my series of ‘From Rump to Rafters’ blog posts from when I processed the entire pig I was given for my birthday.

Since then, the salami has been taken down and…….eaten! I decided to make another batch so that I could share it, but alas, that batch was also snapped up and eaten pretty quickly. There was nothing left to do other than make up a third batch! I was planning on making some more salami for mamma anyway, so it seemed like the perfect opportunity to restock my personal supplies. Mamma has always used the same recipe for as long as I can remember, so that was going to be pretty straight forward. For my own stocks however I wanted to try a few different things, things I haven’t made in a while, so I picked a few recipes from my Secrets in Salami book at random and got started.

Secrets in Salami - Sharing the Secrets in Sydney

A Home Away From Home Salami Making Adventure

By: Sara Grazia

On a wintery Tuesday afternoon, the boys and I at Sausages HQ packed up suitcases full of salami making goodies ready for another traditional foodie adventure. This time we were off to Sydney, to share our Secrets in Salami making with New South Wales enthusiasts. Like each of our salami making journeys, it was an early and cold start to the day. With our bags all packed and weighed, we were bundled up tightly in our coats, hats and gloves and it was off to the airport to check in, have a quick coffee and then board our flight.

When we arrived in Sydney, the sun was blazing and the temperature …. Mild! Nothing like the weather we we’d just left back in Melbourne.

From Rump To Rafters - Day 3

A Traditional Family Adventure With Mamma and Co.

By: Sara Grazia

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For the past 2 days I've  been busy breaking down a 200kg pig for the production of homemade sausages, salami and an array of cured meats. We've been to the farm, deboned the carcass, salted the meats, mixed recipes and now today we start producing.

Day 3 is salami making day! This is always an exciting part of the process. This year we’re making 7 different types of salami. Usually we would only do a couple of variations, mamma's recipe – that has remained the same ever since I can remember. Over the years I've tried adding a change or two and every time I've been beaten away with a wooden spoon, so I learnt its best not to mess with a tried and tested formula.

From Rump to Rafters - Day 2

A Traditional Family Adventure With Mamma and Co.

By: Sara Grazia

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We hear about it everywhere lately, restaurants are offering it, top chefs are embracing it and everyone loves it Nose to Tail, Paddock to Plate name it what you like but this process is nothing new. From since I can remember my family has always processed food this way.

Its Day 2 of my traditional salami making and meat curing weekend. It wasn't quite the early start as it was the day before. This morning the sun is out and theres a cool breeze all in all the perfect weather for de-boning my pig and processing a pig.

Secrets in Sydney - Sausage Queen Shares Traditional Secrets With Sydneysiders

By: Sara Grazia

As winter dawns and many of us run for the comfort and warmth of our heated homes, there is a movement of people embracing the winter chills and using this ideal climate to produce their own handmade produce.

Lead by Australia’s Sausage Queen and cured meats connoisseur, Sara Grazia, scores of individuals are learning the traditional Italian methods, techniques and processes involved in making their own preservative free salami successfully at home.

Sara Grazia salami making

Secrets in Salami - A Master Class In A Book, Now Available In Paperback

By Sara Grazia:

Secrets in Salami is a master class in a book. Based on one of my most well attended classes, Secrets in Salami is a reference guide to those who wish to successfully produce their own salami at home. All natural, gluten free, preservative free, and with no nitrates or nitrites.

Based on traditional Italian methods and techniques that have been practiced and mastered over centuries, discover a hands-on journey full of tradition, flavour, succulence and memories. Whether you're a seasoned salami maker, or a first time producer, there will be secrets to learn, techniques to develop and methods to master. You will also discover the particulars required for your drying environment, which is essential for salami making success.

After months of preparation, and with the assistance of my Mamma, I am happy to offer the 2nd instalment to my ‘Made Simple’ series. With 132 pages of salami preparation, secrets, methods and techniques, I’ve also thrown in some recipes for you to try – a few family favourites as well as some popular artisan mixes.

This is a fully Illustrated book with live action pictures taken of Mamma and me making the annual batch of salami for the family from scratch, just as we do it every year – a tradition, I hope that lasts for many more years to come.

Secrets in Salami is a book about sharing the skills and knowledge involved in a rarely seen process. Indulge your curiosity and create a salami making tradition of your own with your neighbour, community group, friends or family, and help me maintain an historical food art for many more generations to embrace and experience.

YOU CAN FIND SECRETS IN SALAMI IN OUR WEBSTORE BY CLICKING HERE

 

By: Sara Grazia