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Chorizo FAQ’s

Q: What is chorizo and where does it originally come from?

Chorizo is Spanish or Mexican pork that is fully cooked and cured and comes in a variety of options. It is spicy and often served with breakfast or as part of a larger meal. Sausage is a meat that is raw and spiced with fennel or anise, resulting in a less spicy flavour.

Q: How is chorizo different from sausage?

Chorizo is Spanish or Mexican pork that is fully cooked and cured and comes in a variety of options. It is spicy and often served with breakfast or as part of a larger meal. Sausage is a meat that is raw and spiced with fennel or anise, resulting in a less spicy flavour.

On Boomplaats Organic Farm we use our own free-range pasture-raised pork meat in our Chorizo. All the organic herbs and spices, wine, and garlic used in our chorizo ingredients are grown on the farm. The recipe for our Boomplaats chorizo was developed using input from all over the world, and to which we added our unique South African ‘hot’ flavour.

Q: What's the difference between chorizo and salami?

Both are sausages made with cured meats stuffed in intestine membranes, and both originally come from what we now know as Italy. Chorizo has its roots in Roman times, and salami is an Italian-inspired sausage. Chorizo, however tends to be softer than salami, and much spicier.

Q: How is chorizo used?

1. In tacos, (we love it in breakfast tacos).
2. Mexican ‘chorizo’ chili.
3. In soups, like white bean, or potato soups.
4. In omelettes.
5. As a topping for nachos.
6. In fillings for stuffed peppers or mushrooms.
7. In burritos, especially ones made from papas con chorizo.
8. As a pizza topping.
9. As padkos when you’re travelling.
10. In work, or school lunches, or or an anytime snack.

Q: Does chorizo go bad?

If dry chorizo hasn’t been opened yet, it can last up to 6 weeks unrefrigerated and, according to the USDA (US Dept of Agriculture), ‘indefinitely’ in the refrigerator. Cutting chorizo allows bacteria to reach the sausage, so sliced, opened choizo only lasts up to 3 weeks in the fridge, and 2 months in the freezer, so best to eat it quickly.

Q: Can you eat chorizo on its own?

Boomplaats Chorizo is bought as a whole, firmer, cured sausage that can be sliced and eaten without cooking. In other words, as soon as you  get your delivery, you can eat it (open it first, of course). Uncooked chorizo is softer to the touch and, when cooked, releases a delicious, spicy red oil because of all the paprika we put into it.

Q: What is the white stuff on the outside of my chorizo?

The chorizo’s casing is covered in a powdery dusting of benign white mold, called Penicillium which can be removed before eating if you don’t like it (it’s completely safe to eat). This is a ‘good’ type of mold, which helps cure the chorizo and fend off evil, nasty bacteria. The best way to remove it is to soak a clean cloth in a cup of white water to which a dash of vinegar has been added, then gently wipe the mold off the chorizo with the cloth.

Salami FAQ’s

Q: What is salami?

Salami is a cured sausage made of of fermented and air-dried meat, typically pork. All salamis start off with similar ingredients: good quality pork seasoned with herbs, spices, wine, garlic and pepper.

On Boomplaats Organic Farm we use our own free-range pasture-raised pork meat in our salami. All the organic herbs and spices, wine, and garlic used in our salami ingredients are grown on the farm.

Q: Where does salami come from?

Salami is a sausage that originally came from Italy. The name ‘salami’ comes from the Italian salare meaning to make something salty. The original salami was made from a mix of chopped pork and salt which was dried using air in a casing.

Q: What is the white stuff on the outside of my salami?

The chorizo’s casing is covered in a powdery dusting of benign white mold, called Penicillium which can be removed before eating if you don’t like it (it’s completely safe to eat). This is a ‘good’ type of mold, which helps cure the chorizo and fend off evil, nasty bacteria. The best way to remove it is to soak a clean cloth in a cup of white water to which a dash of vinegar has been added, then gently wipe the mold off the chorizo with the cloth.

Q: Does salami go bad?

If dry salami hasn’t been opened yet, it can last up to 6 weeks unrefrigerated and, according to the USDA (US Dept of Agriculture), ‘indefinitely’ in the refrigerator. Cutting salami allows bacteria to reach the sausage, so sliced, opened salami only lasts up to 3 weeks in the fridge, and 2 months in the freezer, so best to eat it quickly.

Q: Do i need to remove the peel before I eat my salami?

Some people prefer to remove the peel before eating although it is completely safe to consume.

Q: What's the difference between salami and chorizo?

Both are sausages made with cured meats stuffed in intestine membranes, and both originally come from what we now know as Italy. Chorizo has its roots in Roman times, and salami is an Italian-inspired sausage. Chorizo, however tends to be softer than salami, and much spicier.

Q: Which fruits pair well with salami?

Cured meats such as mortadella, salami, and cooked ham go well with apples, peaches, exotic fruits, citrus fruits, pineapple, pears, and kiwi. While cured meats such as prosciutto, bresaola, and speck can be paired with figs, apples, apricots, watermelon, melon, strawberries, and berries.

Q: Does salami go well with gouda cheese??

Salami is a charcuterie crowd-favorite and honestly, you really can’t go wrong with this cheese pairing. Gouda is a semi-hard cheese with roots in the Netherlands. It comes in multiple varieties: aged, smoky, or flavor-infused – to suit whichever mood you’re in. Any of these can be paired with our salami.

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