Thursday, December 2, 2010
In-House Made Salumi. Any Local Producers?
I snapped the above picture at an Italian deli in my wife's hometown (lower Hudson Valley). She hails from a suburban community that has a fairly high population of individuals who commute to the NYC Metro area for work. There also happens to be a fairly large community of Italian Americans. The place I took this picture is your fairly run of the mill (for that area, not for here) Italian Deli. They peddle ready made dinners, hoagies, lunch meat, Italian cheeses, a smattering of imported grocery items, etc... Stores of this type are fairly common, and we have several locally (Cardona's, Roma, etc...).
The thing that is not so common is that they make their own dry-cured salumi (salamis and whole muscle), in-house! This is not uncommon, my wife could tell you of several other places that do the same thing in her (relatively) small hometown. It is not uncommon to hear things like, "The Sopressata at X deli, is better than the crap they have at Y deli. Y deli uses too much pepper." I may be wrong on this, but I don't think any of our Capital Region Italian influenced vendors do the same thing, and it is certainly not common enough for people to have a favorite producer.
Dry-cured meat is one of my main passions in life, and I really wish that we had a plethora of local producers of Italian Salumi. Does anyone know of any places in the Capital Region that cure/produce their own stuff? Cardona's sells product from a regional producer, I can't remember the brand. I don't know about Roma or any of the other usual suspects.
Before you say it, I know that Rolf's makes a bunch of German style dry-cured stuff (Bauernschinken, landjaeger, garlic stick, plockwurst, dried kielbasa, etc...). Don't worry, I already have a severe Rolf's habit. I am looking for some Italian stuff (sopressata, salami, etc...) to supplement my steady diet of cured meats.