Lomo Embuchado

Lomo embuchado is Spanish dry-cured pork loin. The loin is marinated, stuffed into casing and dried whole. If the loin comes from pigs of Iberian breed, a distinction is made and we speak of loin Iberian embuchado. The embuchado loin should be eaten raw, cut into thin slices and served as a tapa, sometimes in a sandwich.
MeatsMetricUS
Whole loin2- 3 kg4.4-6.6 lb
Ingredients per 1000g (1 kg) of meat
Coarse salt for salting loinas neededas needed
Cure #25.0 g1tsp
Pimentón, sweet25 g4 Tbsp
Pimentón, hot5 g1 tsp
Garlic, smashed7.0 g2 cloves
White wine30 ml2 Tbsp
Olive oil30 ml2 Tbsp
Instructions
  1. Trim off the skin and connective tissue from the loin. Using force rub in a generous amount of coarse salt (as needed) all over loin. The loin should rest in a suitable container on a layer of salt and be well covered with salt all around leaving no exposed areas. Hold in refrigerator for 24 hours.
  2. Brush off the salt, wash briefly in running water and pat dry with paper towels.
  3. Mix all ingredients with wine and oil together to form the marinade paste. Remainder: multiply the above ingredients per weight of loin.
  4. Apply the paste all around the loin. Hold in refrigerator for 48 hours.
  5. Stuff the loin into pork bungs that will tightly accommodate the loin.
  6. Ferment/dry at 22-24° C (72-75° F), 85-90% humidity, for 2 days.
  7. Dry at 15→12° C (59-53° F), 85→75% humidity for 2 months. The loin should lose about 35% of its original weight.
  8. Store at 10-12° C (°F), <75% humidity.
Notes
The size of the casing is chosen to fit the loin snugly. A little oil is occasionally applied to the surface of the loin to make the operation easier. One end of the loin is tied with butcher twine and the loin is pulled through the casing. Then, both ends are tied and a hanging loop is created. Pork bung is a traditionally used casing for drying loins and its structure (surface holes) is perfect for extended drying. Artificial casings can also be used as long as they are permeable (allow moisture and smoke to go through), however, in most cases for artificial cases the drying cycle is shorter, so weigh the loin to verify that it lost 33% of its original weight.

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