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Offline hammettjr

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"Slow Cured" Pepperoni?
« on: July 07, 2017, 05:33:21 PM »
Any thoughts on what the curing agent is for this?

On another thread we talked about how pepperoni labelled as "un-cured" with "no nitrates added*" are actually cured using nitrates, generally through the use of celery. No celery here, but I'm wondering if the age-old slow curing process they reference is just marketing.

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Re: "Slow Cured" Pepperoni?
« Reply #1 on: July 07, 2017, 08:54:56 PM »
https://olli.com/about-us/the-difference/

Sounds like salt and a spice blend.
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Re: "Slow Cured" Pepperoni?
« Reply #2 on: July 07, 2017, 09:59:58 PM »
Here is Hormel's Original ingredients for comparison - 

 Pork, Beef, Salt, Contains 2% or less of Water, Dextrose, Spices, Lactic Acid Starter Culture, Oleoresin of Paprika, Garlic Powder, Sodium Nitrite, BHA, BHT, Citric Acid.

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Re: "Slow Cured" Pepperoni?
« Reply #3 on: July 07, 2017, 10:18:56 PM »
Here is Hormel's Original ingredients for comparison - 
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Thanks, I think I see it now. Hormel is salt + sodium nitrite. Olli has sea salt. This reminded me of a label I've seen before. Something like "No nitrates added except those naturally occurring in celery and sea salt."

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Re: "Slow Cured" Pepperoni?
« Reply #4 on: July 07, 2017, 11:15:11 PM »
Funny, they are about 30 minutes from me and I have never seen that product.

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Re: "Slow Cured" Pepperoni?
« Reply #5 on: July 19, 2017, 12:22:54 AM »
sea salt contains a lot of nitrate,thats why parma hams can be cured with only salt

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Re: "Slow Cured" Pepperoni?
« Reply #6 on: July 19, 2017, 08:47:11 AM »
Not correct. Salt has zero nitrates (or nitrites).
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Re: "Slow Cured" Pepperoni?
« Reply #7 on: July 19, 2017, 10:50:46 AM »
Not correct. Salt has zero nitrates (or nitrites).

He said sea salt. It has some, but it's negligible from an antimicrobial perspective.
« Last Edit: July 19, 2017, 10:58:03 AM by jkb »

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Re: "Slow Cured" Pepperoni?
« Reply #8 on: July 19, 2017, 06:42:20 PM »
He said sea salt. It has some, but it's negligible from an antimicrobial perspective.

Any thoughts on how they could be safely slow curing based on the ingredients in my original post above? The sea salt is suspicious. Why wouldn't they just use regular salt unless the sea salt has some added benefit?



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Re: "Slow Cured" Pepperoni?
« Reply #9 on: July 19, 2017, 07:50:49 PM »
Here's an old thread I started years ago. All kinds of opinions. To be clear, salt was in the sausage recipe we used.
https://www.pizzamaking.com/forum/index.php?topic=7866.0
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Re: "Slow Cured" Pepperoni?
« Reply #10 on: July 19, 2017, 10:05:01 PM »
Why wouldn't they just use regular salt unless the sea salt has some added benefit?

It has a benefit -> marketing.
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Re: "Slow Cured" Pepperoni?
« Reply #11 on: July 19, 2017, 11:20:04 PM »
Any thoughts on how they could be safely slow curing based on the ingredients in my original post above?

I'd bet celery extract is one of the "natural flavorings".

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Re: "Slow Cured" Pepperoni?
« Reply #12 on: July 20, 2017, 08:18:38 AM »
Another uncured pepperoni from a VT company.

https://www.fortunasausage.com/All-Natural-Pepperoni-p/np.htm
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