Saturday, February 4, 2017
Had to try making some deep fried Tiger Shrimps.
Found some nice big shrimps in a local Chinese store close to my office.
Have to go there more times. A lot of interesting food there for sure.
This is the ingredients u need for this:
Shrimps 1 kg, about 50 big shrimps
Rapeseed oil in this case or other , 1 litre
Flour 4 dl ( Gluten free works good )
Salt 5 tbsp
Baking soda 1 tbsp
Corn flour 2 dl
Sour milk / yogurt 5 dl
Paprika powder 5 tbsp
Garlic powder 3 tbsp
Onion powder 3 tbsp
Blackpepper crushed 2 tbsp
Cayenne pepper 2 tsp
Make sure the shrimps are unfrozen.
Start preparing the batter.
In one bowl u mix together the Sour milk/yogurt with the eggs.
In the other bowl you mix the flours salt and spieces and mix it well .
You also prepare the oil in a pan and heat it up on the stove top. Should be around 180 degrees Celsius when ready. You can test with a toothpick to see if it bubbles around it.
Make sure not to use the fan when working with oil and have lid prepared for the pot if any flames. Also a fire blanket prepared in worst case. No water on oil !!
Now it´s time for the fun.
You start dipping the shrimps in the dry flour mix . Then in the wet milk/egg mix.
Then another dipp in the flour mix again.
Prepare a few shrimps and then u drop them slowly in the hot batter. You drop a handful of shrimps and let them deep fry for maybe 2 minutes. Not to many at the same time as they will glue together then in the oil.
They start pooping up to the surface pretty quick. Let them get a little gold brownish color before they are removed from the oil. Use a big spoon with holes in to avoid to much oil.
Drop the shrimps on a plate with paper towel on to dry away all the extra oil from the shrimps.
This frying process takes about 20-30 minutes.
During this time u might have prepared some rice and a goods dip sauce for the shrimps.
You just need to enjoy the fried shrimps as they are.
Now you have a very delicious and crunchy dish to enjoy.
Monday, January 9, 2017
Making a Pancetta roll seems to be very popular . I don´t use to roll my Pancetta but why not making a try for it.
The nice 3 kg pork belly have been inbedded with Nitrite salt and spieces for a week.
I used about 8% salt compared to the pork weight. Then a mix of herbs and peppers and a lot of garlic . The meat was turned a few times during this week.
After this week u get a much firmer piece of meat and a lot of juices from the meat.
Now u clean the meat in fresh cold water removing all salt and herbs on the outside. When the meat is dry enough it´s time for the rolling process, Very interesting process for the handy man....
I read u should start rolling it from the thicker side. Makes the roll easier.
Then u need some food cotton thread to start binding the meat and make sure the roll is compact all the way. I started from one side to the other. Some experts can do this very nice and easy but I made it somehow. An extra hand can always be helpful for sure.
When the roll looks ready I sprinkled it with peppers herbs and garlic powder.
Then time to hang it in the curing room . My room right now 20 degrees Celcius and humidty 50%.
I a few weeks from now it should be ready to try. In a month from now I will have a first check.
Will get back with result and pictures when ready.
To be continued...
They say confit meat is tender and tasty so I needed to try it out.
Had a few wildboar hams ready for the smoker but couldn´t fit them all in it.
So why not try to confit one of them.
The hams had already been marinated in 8% salt water for a few days and was ready.
If 8% works for the smoker it will work well for the confit process also I thought and it did.
I know duck fat is good when u confit but more expensive and difficult to get. Other oils works well also. In this case Rape oil was used.
I used a casserole big enough for the ham. Filled it up with Rape oil until the meat was covered.
Added some mixed herbs,black pepper , garlic cloves, carrots and some leek I found in the refrigerator. Taking what I found at home more or less.
Now the casserole was put in to the oven at 90-100 degrees Celcius . Just close to boiling but not.
There it stayed for 7-8 hours. I tested once in a while with a knife to see if the meat started to loosen up from the bones. It finally did .The bones got cleaned from every little piece of meat when I started to remove it. Just perfect.
The meat was removed from the oil. So tender and tasty. The oil makes sure u don´t get any dry meat at all. Then u serve this meat with something u prefer . It´s similar to pulled pork.
The oil was filtered and can be used a few more times before thrown away. The more u use it the more good flavors u get for the next meal.
We will for sure try this again. No meat waste at all and very tasty !
Saturday, December 10, 2016
Had to try making some sausage again.
Read a lot about a sausage called summer sausage. A pretty easy sausage to make it seemed to be and it looked very tasty also. Something between a Salami and Mortadella or Falukorv as we like a lot in Sweden.
This is what I used for above 2 big sausages.
- Wild boar meat 1,7 kgs Ham and Loin parts in this case.(Other meat can be used also for sure )
- Pork lard 0,3 kgs
- Black pepper crushed 5 tsp
- Garlic powder 3 tsp
- Onion powder 3 tsp
- Mustard seeds yellow 3 tsp
- Mustard seeds yellow crushed 2 tsp
- Liquid smoke 5 tsp
- Water 4 dl
- Nitre salt 2-3 % based on the meat weight u use
- Sausage casing . In this case a red fiber skin . Dimension 69 mm , 600 mm long .
- Some cotton thread to tie up the sausage ends with
Now the fun starts when u have all the ingredients u need.
The meat u use should always be very cold or almost freezed when u work with it.
Also the equipment used as it helps keep the cold during the process.
I started to make the spice slury first. Mixing all the pepper, garlic, onion , mustard , salt , water and liquid smoke in a bowl and mixed it well .
Next step I started to cut up the meat and lard in nice smaller chunks that fitted in the grinder.
Then grind it well. I used the smallest holes . When the meat is grinded it should be very fine .
Now I mix the minced meat with the spice slury. make sure it´s mixed well .
This will be a very fine paste now. I used my washed hands with some Vinyl gloves on.
Can also use a big wood spoon or similar. Just takes a few minutes .
Then it´s time to fill the sausage casings. I can grind the meat and fill the casing with the machine I have. In this case I think u could also fill the casings with your hands or spoon directly as the big dimension if u don´t have the equipment. Make sure u pack the casing well. U don´t want air pockets if u can avoid them.
When the casings are filled you tie the ends. You then take a clean needle and pick small holes where u find air pockets as they should be removed if possible,
I cleaned the sausages in cold water and dried them off with a clean towel before I put them in the refrigerator over night for some needed curing time before the next step.
The next afternoon about 24 hours later it was time put them in the oven for the final stage.
The oven temperature was set on 80 degrees Celcius.
When the sausage inner temperature reach 70 degrees Celcius it should be ready.
For me it took about 4,5 hours. U need to make sure u have a good control over the temperatures.
The oven and the sausage temperature. The first hour I had a small opening in the oven to let out moist . Then it was closed for the rest of the time.
As soon as the sausage inner temperature reached 70 degrees celicius it was time to remove it from the oven. It also has to be chilled down quickly they say so I did.
I put it under cold water for a few minutes. Then a a little later when it had cold down enough it was put in the refrigerator again over night. When chilled down it was ready to be enjoyed.
I had to taste short after the remove from the oven and it was very good and tasty warm also.
This sausage is called summer sausage as they used to make this historically to last a few month over the summer season. A sausage farmers and wood workers brought with them when they were out on the fields or in the woods working.
A perfect sausage for the active people today out in the nature.
Any meat can be used for this but the temperatures can vary a little depending on what type of meat.
You can for sure also avoid the liquid smoke and oven and hang it in a smoker instead if u have it.
This worked perfect though and it tasted just wonderful.
Good luck trying!
Monday, December 5, 2016
Time to try some Lamb pancetta .
A nice piece of Lamb thigh have been cured a few days in a 8% salt bath.
Then covered with spieces, packed in a meat net and now hanging for a few weeks.
I used Garlic, Black pepper and Ginger this time. Tastes I like and believe in.
In about 4-5 weeks from now I will give it a try.
I will get back about the result and some pictures when the meat is sliced and ready to be enjoyed.
Saturday, November 26, 2016
Cured and spiced meat is so good!
This one should also be pretty easy to make so why not test it.
They call it Lonzino in Italy. Cured pork tenderloin. Takes only 10-14 days until ready.
After trimming the tenderloin I give it a 2 day 8% Nitrite salt bath .
Depending on how thick the meat is but for this enough with 2 days.
After the bath I wash the meat in cold water a few seconds to remove salt from the outside of the meat. Then dry it with a clean towel . Then it´s time for the spieces.
I had 2 tenderloins and why not try with different spices . One for each.
- Black pepper crushed ( The Main spice on this one )
- Garlic Powder
- Yellow onion powder
- Red paprika powder
- Parsley powder
- Smoked red paprika powder ( The Main spice on this one )
- Cumin powder
- Nutmeg powder
- Ginger powder
- Sage powder
Make sure to rub in and cover the meat with the spieces.
You use as much as u like and the spice variation to be used must be endless.
Now it´s time to hang the meat for 10-14 days in my cellar room.
+23 C Humidity 50% can vary a little.
In a few days from now I will have a first taste and I will let u know what I think about the result.
I will also add some new pictures then showing it sliced and ready to be enjoyed.
You can for sure use what ever pork tenderloin u have available.
Worth trying !
Friday, November 25, 2016
Had to test something new with some wild boar spare ribs.
Why not remove the bones and make some kind of roll with some tasty stuffing for a change.
What kind of stuffing should I use?
For sure something I like to eat. Something that might be good to mix together.
Cheese ! I like some creamy cheese . Who doesn´t ? That´s the main ingredient except the meat then.
Some kind of cheese everybody in the family is okay with.
I choosed a ready mix with Cheddar and Mozzarella . Can´t be wrong.
Then u like to have some other good flavors that pops in your mouth and gives u another dimension. Only cheese is to boring . I made a small piece with only cheese though for my youngest . Nice daddy.
I thought Caper might be nice. Spread it all over. Could have used more though.
Then some Anchovies to give a nice tasty saltiness.
That´s enough I thought. Very easy to over do things .I know.
Could have added something strong and spicy also. Was thinking about adding some Jalapeno also.
Next time maybe.
What did I use:
- Wild boar spare ribs from one small pig 50 kgs . What ever spare ribs u have in place might do.
- Cheese 500 grams mixed Cheddar and Mozzarella . What ever u like.
- Caper as much as u like. Look at the picture. Could have used some more.
- Anchovies 80 grams . Look at the picture. Could have used some more.
- Black pepper
- Garlic powder
- Egg one
- Bread crumbles
- Butter salty 200 grams
- Olive oil 1/2 dl
- Cotton twine
How did I make this roll?
First I covered the meat with salt, pepper and garlic powder as much as I felt was enough.
After that I covered the meat with a thick cheese layer. Adding the Caper and Anchovies on top.
Then it was time to make roll without all yummies falling out. I tied the rolls with some Cotton twine.
You can see the picture.
Next step was to whisk an egg . Brush the meat rolls with the egg and cover it with bread crumbles.
Adding butter and oil in a frying pan and heat it up until it stops bubble.
Then hot enough and ready for some frying. Now I fry the meat on all sides until it gets a nice golden brown crunchy surface. Adding melt butter on top of the meat from the frying pan with a spoon while frying. Now it was ready to be finished in the oven. Temperature set at 200 degrees Celcius.
After about 1 hour in the oven the meat inner temperature reached + 80 degrees Celcius and was ready.
It tasted great and everybody in the family liked it.
Have to try it again some day.
To this I served French fries / Chips and a nice tomato/red onion sallad with Balsamic vinegar.
A glass red wine for the adults.
No more no less. Nice!