Thursday, April 15, 2010

La Quercia Acorn Edition III – Shipment #2

Despite being the infamous 15th of April, tax day, today was a good day. Why, you might ask? Simple….I received my second shipment of my Acorn Edition III pig from La Quercia

Once I was home from work, I couldn’t wait to see what was inside the box. La Quercia does have a pretty good tagline. “Eat well, live well, be well” those sound like words to live by.

Inside the box, I was surprised not to see the Styrofoam planks that lined the last box.

Instead, there was a jumbo hot cold bag.

Maybe I was a little impatient, but I made quick work of that bag with a handy pair of scissors. In just a few moments, I had the entire pork smorgasbord laid out in front of me.

There’s a lot to take in.

Working clockwise from the bottom right, the lardo came first.

For those unaware, lardo is little more than cured pork fatback.

That’s right, I’ve got 2 ¾ lbs of deliciously cured fatback at my disposal.

Next is something a little more familiar, the guanciale.

This pig must have had quite the substantial jowl.

I was very surprised to see three separate pieces, roughly 2 ½ lbs all together.

Third in the shipment was a large supply of coppa.

A cured product made from the pig’s collar, meat behind the head, there was about 4 pounds of this in the order. I’m not sure how I’ll use this outside of sandwiches, but I’m sure I’ll find a way.

Last in the order was the pancetta.

This pancetta didn’t come in the more prevalent rolled form.

Instead, I got 11 pounds of flat pancetta. One thing is for sure, I’ll be making spaghetti carbonara with this pancetta very soon.

Elated as I was, I couldn’t wait to try one of the meats. I was unsure about what should be tried first, so I went with the most familiar, the coppa.

I decided to simply slice this by hand. I love having a meat slicer, but it’s a pain to get out and clean up.

Even sliced by hand, I was able to get a few thin slices and get a taste for this coppa. It’s a very assertive cured meat, and unlike any coppa I’ve had. I’m sure this is the first of many tastings to come. This shipment of the Acorn Edition has been a long time in the making and I’ll be sure to share and savor.


Lain said...

This post fascinated me. I have really been enjoying your blog.

Cynical Cook said...

Glad to hear it. Hopefully I'll have another Acorn Edition post soon.

Bradley said...

I am super jealous.