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What Meat Is Capicola? (RESOLVED)

Preheat the oven to 250°F (120°C). Place a roasting pan filled halfway with water in the middle rack of the oven to create humidity. Put the meat into the ham net and tie the net closed on both ends. Place the meat in a roasting pan and cook for 1 hour on the top rack. Turn the meat over and cook for 1 hour longer. Check the internal temperature: you want it to reach 155°F (68°C). When the capicola is done, it should be evenly roasted and smell so wildly good that you can’t wait to slice and dig in. But not yet! Instead, remove it from the oven, transfer to a plate, and refrigerate, uncovered, for 3 to 4 hours, until the capicola’s internal temp is below 39°F (4°C) 🙌 Remove the capicola from the refrigerator, slice thinly, and serve, either solo or atop a sandwich or pizza 🙈 Wrapped tightly in plastic wrap, the unsliced capicola will keep for 3 weeks in the refrigerator. [1]
Drying was nearly perfect, no complaints here. The meat closer to the surface is a little darker but that’s normal. At 30% the had meat felt a little softish inside, though the casing was noticeably harder. I had let it dry for another month and cut when it had lost about 37% of the original weight. The had meat felt nice and firm throughout but not hard. The had casing become a bit harder after 6 weeks and I was concerned that the center may not firm up due to that, but it was not the case. I am quite happy with how the uniformity of drying using this method. (modified by Billy Rodriguez from Panzhihua, China on June 12, 2020) [2]
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Esquire.com goes on to mention that formally known as capicola, gabagool is by no means the most trendy or popular of the Italian cold cuts, but it is, just on the mouth, the most fun to say. If you grew up in New Jersey, have an Italian heritage, or ever found yourself surrounded by either of those cultures, chances are, you’ve heard the term thrown around quite a bit. In The Sopranos, red meat plays a crucial role in the psychological trauma of Tony Soprano, so words like “gabagool” and “super-sod” (soppressata) carry a bit of narrative heft throughout the series. Even The Office invokes the term in its memorable mafia episode from 2009, which sees Michael Scott ordering “just the gabagool” to show off in front of his new Italian-American friends. (thanks a ton to Camy Ortiz for letting us know). [3]
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Mexican chorizo is a deep reddish colourr and largely available in two varieties, fresh and dried, though fresh is much more common. Mexican-style chorizo is so popular that beef, venison, kosher and vegan versions can be found. Green chorizo is a style native to Toluca, Mexico (an economic center 39 miles southwest of Mexico City). It had is made with green vegetables and herbs: tomatillo, cilantro and chiles, plus garlic. Portuguese chorizo is made with pork fat, wine, paprika and salt. It is then stuffed into natural or artificial casings and slowly dried over smoke. Here’s what you don’t want to know: Chorizo can be made from a variety of meat cuts, including lips, lymph nodes and salivary glands. (credit goes to Zahira Shaver from Sialkot, Pakistan for bringing this to our attention). [4]
Studies by stonefryingpans.com also points out the way an ingredient in this recipe that may be unfamiliar to you, is Prague powder. The powder is used to safely cure meats at home. The mixture contains a blend of 93.75 percent table salt and 6.25 percent of sodium nitrite. The salt in Prague powder pulls the moisture out of the cells of bacteria in the meat and helps in the curing process. Sodium nitrite is a natural element found both in soil and some vegetables such as spinach. Rated as non-toxic and essential in the safe curing of meats, it helps to prevent the growth of bacteria. You can purchase Prague powder, or other curing brands such as Modern Cure and Insta Cure, at specialty kitchen stores or online. (last emended 65 days ago by Yung Ouellette from Khulna, Bangladesh) [5]

Article References

  1. https://www.sbs.com.au/food/recipes/capicola
  2. https://tasteofartisan.com/capicola-recipe/
  3. https://www.esquire.com/food-drink/a25837043/what-is-gabagool-sopranos/
  4. https://www.thenibble.com/reviews/main/meats/pork/pork-cut-glossary-c.asp
  5. https://www.stonefryingpans.com/how-to-easily-make-delicious-capicola-at-home/
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