To Make Bresaola

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  1. Zimmy

    Zimmy Wait, I'm not ready! Site Supporter++

    I inadvertently defrosted a beef tenderloin. I had just cooked one and wanted to try something different.

    I got to looking around and had trouble finding good beef recipes like you can find for pork.

    I found something called Bresaola. It's an Italian dry cured beef yet seems different from biltong and carne seca. I started the process of making it tonight.

    I'll explain my process as it goes. So far I have trimmed fat on a ~#4 piece of meat and am soaking it overnight in red wine before I dry cure it tomorrow night.
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  2. Dunerunner

    Dunerunner Brewery Monkey Moderator

    Sounds interesting... Can't wait for the process. [winkthumb]
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  3. runswithdogs

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    Mmmm Bresaola is yummy(y)
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  4. Zimmy

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    Trimmed weight 5.5 pounds

    Original cure 26 May 19

    5 grams #2 Prague powder

    200 grams sea salt

    200 grams granulated sugar

    10 grams fresh ground black pepper

    15 grams coriander

    15 grams sage

    15 grams cilantro

    10 grams rosemary

    5 grams fresh ground mustard seeds

    I rubbed half of the cure ingredients on the meat and put it in a Ziploc bag. After pushing out the excess air I put it in the fridge for a week of cure. (Flipping daily)
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  5. Zimmy

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    I rendered all the fat that I trimmed off and simmered it slowly until the water was all cooked out.

    I drained off the tallow for experiments in cooking and essential oil salves.

    The meat that came out of the rendering process made a pretty good machaca or carne seca when some adobo seasoning was thrown in. We did the same thing with pork when I was young as a pork preservation process. This will go in scrambled eggs with jalapeno and cheese for breakfast tacos.
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  6. Zimmy

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    Today I drained off the liquids that came off the meat, dried it with a towel and added the second half of the cure mixture.

    It'll go back into the fridge for another week, flipping daily.
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  7. Dunerunner

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  8. Zimmy

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    The Bresaola after addition of the first cure IMG_20190526_104339829.

    The Carne Seca like dried meat


    The rendered tallow
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