Historically, after a hog was slaughtered in Calabria, and the ruling class took their share, Calabrian peasants would preserve the less desirable parts by aging them with Calabrian Chilies and sea salt . Today, in the area of Spilinga in Calabria, butchers specialize in the craft of ‘nduja. Similar to many traditional pork salami, 'nduja has been improved over time, and today premium products only use whole muscle cuts like jowl, belly, and shoulder in production.
So, recently I was perusing the cured meat selection of a market with a very talented salumiere. We chatted about the merits of the products before us, and gossiped about the people who produced them, as you do. At one point, my buddy picks up a product, turns on his smartphone and types in the … Continue reading A Game of Hide the Salami?