NATIONAL SALAMI DAY
National Salami Day on September 7th recognizes a cured meat many people enjoy every day. Salami are cured, fermented, and air-dried sausages enjoyed by many people every day.
Most commonly made with pork, other meats and blends are used to prepare salami. For example, delis may offer a lamb, duck, or a beef and pork blend. The ground sausage is blending with seasonings and salt air-cured in either a pork or beef casing. Methods and recipes vary by region and country. Even aging time varies. However, makers typically age salami between 30 to 90 days or longer.
While salami’s beginnings are uncertain, the Romans may have introduced methods used today. In days before refrigeration, Salami were historically popular among Southern European peasants. The sausage keeps well once cut stored when stored at room temperatures for up to 30 to 40 days.
Two salami that might be familiar to you are Genoa and Hard Salami. Genoa salami ages with red wine, peppercorns, and garlic. This softer salami offers a fermented flavor. In contrast, Hard Salami not only falls into the cured category. It’s also dried and smoked. The result slices easily.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalSalamiDay
Enjoy salami in a variety of ways. Don’t just stop at a sandwich. The flavor pairs well with a variety of cheeses and pasta sauces. In a cold pasta dish, salami becomes the star. Don’t forget, Italy gave us this is an Italian original, even if it’s made worldwide.
Dice up salami and add it to a salad. Whatever bounty harvested from your garden will benefit from the flavor of salami. Just don’t add any additional salt. Most of the seasoning will come from the salomi.
Get yourself a few slices of salami and use #NationalSalamiDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL SALAMI DAY HISTORY
The Salami Appreciation Society in Henrico, Virginia created National Salami Day in 2006.
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