Saucisson Sec

Adapted by StarChefs.com
October 2014
Yield: 6 links per 1 kilogram pork

INGREDIENTS:

1 pork butt, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1.35 percent salt
1.35 percent sel gris
0.58 percent cracked black pepper
0.5 percent dextrose
0.24 percent Insta Cure No. 2
2.5 percent dry white wine
0.37 percent minced garlic
0.5 percent distilled water
0.03 percent Bactoferm F-LC
32/35mm hog casings, cut into 48-inch lengths

METHOD:

Chill meat grinding tools and equipment, including a 3/16-inch die, a mixing bowl, and the paddle from a stand mixer. Partially freeze pork until cubes are firm but still have a bit of give to them. Assemble meat grinder. Through the die, grind pork into the chilled mixing bowl. Scale pork and attach bowl to a stand mixer fitted with a paddle. By weight, add to the pork salt, sel gris, pepper, dextrose, Insta Cure, wine, garlic, water, and Bactoferm; mix 5 minutes. With a sausage stuffer, stuff 6 links per 48 inches of casing, tied in pairs. Ferment sausages at 70ºF to 72ºF with 90 percent humidity for 1 to 3 days, until the pH level reaches 5.30. Hang and age sausages 15 to 19 days at 50 degrees with 60 percent humidity, until sausages have lost about one-third of their weight from water evaporation.