Show 43, October 12, 2013: Duskie Estes, Executive Chef and Co-Proprietor of zazu kitchen + farm, Sebastopol. CA Continues…

Chef Duskie Estes and Salumist John Stewart of Zazu Kitchen and FarmDuskie was actually a vegetarian for 23 years while she was a working chef and butcher. She is very concerned about the welfare of the animals her family raises for the restaurant. As she likes to artfully put it, “They have a very happy life except for one day.”

They are very proud of the Black Pig Meat Co. bacon sourced from two varieties of heritage pigs raised on their farm.

The Process:
“Most bacons you find on the market are wet cured injected fast and smoky from liquid smoke in a process that takes less than a day. We slow down and make sure it tastes good and the animals are treated right. Our Bacon is dry cured with brown sugar for up to 21 days and then finished with applewood smoking for about 12 hours. We are focused on quality not quantity.”

“The result is a bacon that is perfectly balanced in salt, sweet, and smoke; complex from the brown sugar and real wood smoke; and one where you can taste the quality of the pork.”