In other regions, pork shoulder is ground up to make salami and cotechino sausages, but around Parma, it is used whole, with or without the bone, to make a very distinguished cured meat.
Preparing and aging Spalla Cruda (“raw shoulder”) requires expert charcuterie skills. After removing the skin and trimming the meat, the shoulder is rubbed energetically with coarse sea salt and pepper. The shoulder is then put upside-down into a basin, set on supports so that it does not come into contact with the liquid it gives off. The salting and draining process is repeated for six to eight days, and the meat is then packed into a pig’s bladder.
Only produced during the colder months, from November to February, the deboned version ages for at least 10 months and the bone-in version for at least 14 months.
Polesine, Busseto, Zibello, Soragna, Roccabianca, San Secondo Parmense, Sissa and Colorno Municipalities, Parma Province
Diolo di Soragna (Pr)
Località Chiavica, 61
tel.+39 0524 598289
Antica Corte pallavicina di Terre Verdi srl
Via Sbrisi n. 3
Polesine Zibello (PR)
Brè del Gallo
Fontanelle di Roccabianca (Pr)
Strada Quarta, 19
tel.+39 0521 870134
335 8313549 – 338 9038571
tel. +39 328 8419516
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