In this post I show you how you can make pork tenderloin ham yourself. With a moderate effort, you achieve a super tasty result.
The great thing is that when you make your own filet ham, you know exactly what ingredients are in it and where your meat comes from. These are exactly the things I love about homemade products.
A filet ham is an excellent change from the classic make your own ham. Its low fat content and tenderness make it something really special.
You want to know more about ham? No problem, I have written down all my knowledge in my ham book. You can see it here.
Here you will find the complete recipe for pork tenderloin ham as a video or to read through.
Have fun and good luck making it!
Make pork tenderloin ham yourself – What do you need to make it?
INGREDIENTS FOR YOUR PORK TENDERLOIN HAM
- 1 kg pork tenderloin
Spices for the curing mixture:
- 27.5 g salt
- 2.5 g Cure #1
- 3 g sugar
- 1,5 g black pepper
- 1 bay leaf
The equipment to make pork tenderloin ham
Kitchen string or meat hook
The kitchen string/meat hook is important so you can hang your tenderloin to mature.
Make pork tenderloin ham yourself – Step-By-Step Instructions
1. First, weigh your pork loin. Based on the weight, the spices are weighed out. I have written down the spices for one kilogram of meat in my recipe. You can then convert them accordingly.
2. Put the pork tenderloin together with the spices into a vacuum bag. Make sure that the spices are evenly distributed on the meat. If you don’t have a vacuum sealer, you can also use a zip-lock bag and squeeze out as much air as possible.
3. Vacuum the meat.
4. Place the pork tenderloin in the refrigerator for curing. Per cm of thickness, the ham will take about 1.5 days. I had mine in the fridge for 4 days. Longer is no problem, just it shouldn’t be shorter.
5. After 4 days the ham has become noticeably firmer. Now wash the spices off the meat.
6. Dry the meat with a kitchen towel.
7. Now hang the ham in a cool dark place. You can use a meat hook or kitchen twine for this. It is important that the air can circulate.
8. let your pork tenderloin ham mature for 1 week. Ideally, the temperature should be below 15 degrees Celsius (59 Fahrenheit) and the humidity should be about 75%. You can also hang the ham in the refrigerator without problems, or even store it on a grid in the refrigerator.
9. after 1 week your tenderloin is ready. If you like a firmer pork tenderloin ham, you can let it mature for another 1-2 weeks. Since the ham is very lean, you have to be careful that it doesn’t dry out. Have fun making it.
How long is the shelf life of the pork tenderloin ham?
It will keep in the refrigerator for a good 2 weeks before it gets too dry. You can also store it vacuumed in the refrigerator for several weeks so that it does not dry out.