I wanted to incorporate all the great things from both versions I made previously and leave out those that didn't seem a positive contribution. So for this version I gathered up some white wine, black peppercorns, juniper berries, bay leaves, fresh rosemary, minced garlic, lemon zest, orange zest, cure #2, salt and sugar. I cannot give the exact recipe at this moment because I am in the hospital while the recipe is at home, but I will included it later.
I put the peppercorns, juniper berries, bay leaves and rosemary into my spice grinder until it formed a chunky paste. I then added everything but the white wine together, mixed it well and generously covered each of the four pieces of round. Once I had used ALL of the cure I placed two pieces of the round into one of two Foodsaver bags and added half the wine to each bag. I then carefully vacuum sealed each bag trying not to suck out any of the wine itself. I dated these and put them in the back of the fridge. Every couple days if I remembered I would turn over the bag and squeeze the contents around to mix and coat well inside. Thanks to the vacuum seal though the meat was always in contact with the cure.
After two weeks of hanging around in the fridge these guys had began to firm up just right. Much like how bread gets firm/hard as it gets older, meat begins to firm up as it cures, but not as quickly, or as firm. It does take a bit of experience to start to know when enough is enough, but this is the only way to gain that experience. I would say that the meat should be half as flexible as when you first out it into the cure. But you always want to check the thickest part for this comparison.
Two weeks was just right for these pieces so out of the cure they went. They received a nice rinse in cold water and were then patted dry with paper-towels. Next each piece was wrapped in cheesecloth and tied at each end. We then weighed and noted the weight of each piece. They then joined their future co-stars for a drying period in the room. The remaining three weeks before the wedding should be perfect!
After a couple days in the room these already started picking up some of that pesky white mold. We wiped it down with a 4:1 water to vinegar solution. We left them in the fridge to quickly re-dry the surface. We re-wrapped in fresh cheesecloth and placed them back on the rack for more drying. We'll keep a close eye on these to monitor mold and weight-loss.