I had been wanting to make an orange salami for a while now. Honestly, I don’t even remember where I heard about it before, but it sounded like a great idea. The first version that I did didn’t turn out to taste anything like oranges, it relied mostly on orange zest and orange oil, but apparently all that flavor and aroma disappeared in about 5 weeks of drying. I did get a tip about how to change this when I first shared my frustration with that.
The trick involved using the actual orange peels and curing/brining them 10 days before. I’m not sure if this will work well without the initial brining step. I guess it may be worth trying out in the future.
Start by “curing” the oranges by cutting a whole orange into large chunks and in a jar squeeze the juice a little and add a healthy amount of salt. The juice from the oranges will come out and mix with the salt to create an “orange juice brine”. Leave the peels there for about 7-10 days.
Once those are “cured” you are ready to begin your sausage making.
750 g medium ground lean pork
250 g medium ground back fat
½ tsp T-SPX or B-CL-007 starter culture
½ tsp sugar (about 2 g)
2.5 tsp salt (about 10 g)
[I’m using relatively little salt here, because I will be already adding tons of salt with the “salt-cured” orange peels]
7 tsp fresh orange zest
35 g of salt-cured orange peels, grind together with the meat.
12 drops of orange oil extract (optional)
1 tsp black pepper (about 2 g)
Ferment for 48 hours at 65 F-75 F (18 C-24 C). Then set to dry until it looses about 40%.
Color may not be the nicest, but it taste great to me!