Göttinger Feldkieker

Göttinger Feldkieker, a fermented sausage originates in the area of the German city of Göttingen and carries PGI, 2011 classification. Göttinger Feldkieker is predominantly made from older animals. The proportion of pork used from older animals must be at least 65 %. This meat has a special fat quality due to the specific diet the pigs were submitted to. The prime cuts of the pigs, i.e. shoulders, hams (legs) and bellies, are used to produce the sausage. The advantage is that oxidative changes can be avoided as the ‘Göttinger Feldkieker’ matures. The sausage will therefore not turn rancid either. Göttinger Feldkieker’ is dried down until it looses at least 35 % of its original weight and the moisture content Aw is 0.88 or less.

Lean pork: shoulder, leg700 g1.54 lb
Pork belly300 g0.66 lb
Ingredients per 1000g (1 kg) of meat
Salt28 g5 tsp
Cure #23.0 g1/2 tsp
Pepper2.0 g1 tsp
Dextrose3.0 g1/2 tsp
Sugar2.0 g1/3 tsp
Coriander1.0 g1/2 tsp
Nutmeg0.5 g1/4 tsp
Garlic3.5 g1 clove
Rum5 ml1 tsp
T-SPX culture0.12 guse scale
  1. Grind lean meat and belly meat through 6 mm (1/4") plate.
  2. Cut belly fat into 6 mm (1/4") cubes.
  3. Dissolve culture in 1 tablespoon of de-chlorinated water 30 minutes before use.
  4. Mix ground meat with salt and Cure #2. Add fat cubes, spices and the culture and mix all together.
  5. Stuff into 70-105 mm natural casings without creating air pockets. Typically, it is filled into bladder-shaped natural casings, the bladder shape being either long-drawn-out or compressed.
  6. Ferment at 20º C (68º F) for 72 hours, 90-85% humidity.
  7. Dry for 45-90 days at 15→12º C (59-53º F), 80-75% humidity until the sausage looses 35% of its original weight. Store at 10-12º C (50-53º F), <75% humidity.
‘Göttinger Feldkieker’ can be distinguished from ‘Göttinger Stracke’ by means of its shape, diameter and weight. In particular, the diameter of ‘Göttinger Feldkieker’ varies over the length of the sausage so it has an elongated pear shape, whilst ‘Göttinger Stracke’ is straight and uniform in diameter. This means that they mature in a different way and develop a different taste.

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