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An open-source, educational approach to sharing the complex process of becoming a USDA-certified meat processor.

Hi, we are Underground Meats. We make salami.

The Underground Food Collective and Underground Meats is a group of people who love food and sharing it with our friends and family. We’ve been cooking and producing sustainable local food for years, supporting area farmers and growers. We started small, building off catering events, pop-up dinners, and word-of-mouth to open a couple restaurants, a catering facility, a meat/charcuterie production facility and a butcher shop. We feel extremely grateful and lucky for our success. We had a lot of help from our friends and family to get to this point.

You guys know about rules, right?

Up this point we’ve faced many obstacles and hurdles along the way. One of the most challenging of those obstacles was opening our charcuterie production facility. State and federal guidelines for salami production are complex and cost-prohibitive. The government requires a detailed food safety and sanitary practice plan. This is known as a HACCP, which stands for Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points. Essentially, the state/feds want to make sure your product is safe for consumption and your HACCP plan will be a detailed document explaining how you will operate and most crucially how you will keep levels of contaminates safe in your product for your consumers. 

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Up until now, salami producers in the United States have held their HACCP plans under lock and key as intellectual property. This is understandable, producers generally need to hire an outside source to validate their procedures and techniques to the state/federal agencies. These expensive studies and product testing (thousands of dollars to start) are crippling to many small to medium salami production facilities. 

We want to SHARE it.

Our goal is to create a transparent, concise HACCP model for small salami producers to use including the crucial links to studies and validation for procedure.  

We will use Kickstarter funds to:

•create a dry cured salami production HACCP plan and share it with the world. We'll release the plan under the CC0 Public Domain Dedication.

•Get our salami out there! We want more of you to be excited about the traditional aspects of our product, and about sustainability as it pertains to meat consumption in general. 

•Provide instructional videos and templates to our salami-making process. We carry out the process all day, every day, and we can't wait to share it with you in more dynamic forms. 

Check out our other instructional videos on Vimeo here.

•Invite you in. Come see our facility! Get to know us and our tools! 

•For top tier supporters, we will personally help you write your HACCP plan and provide studies and documentation to support and validate your procedure.

 ** Let’s make our local food more accessible and safe. **

Our hogs at Rollercoaster Farms, Darlington, WI.
Our hogs at Rollercoaster Farms, Darlington, WI.
Jerry teaching a Whole Hog Breakdown class.
Jerry teaching a Whole Hog Breakdown class.

Small Format Salami Product Line :

• Saucisson Sec • black pepper, garlic 

• Goat Salami • rosemary, cinnamon, 75% goat, 25% pork

• Spanish Chorizo • smoked paprika, cayenne, chili pepper

• Finocchiona • fennel, white pepper

Large Diameter Salami Product Line:

• Peperone • anise, paprika, cayenne

• Tuscan Salami • toasted fennel, red wine

• Soppressata • allspice, chili, white pepper

Underground Meats Tote

From our friends at Baggu- a bag made with 100% Recycled Cotton, screenprinted down the street in Madison, WI at Screen Door Studio Studios. Logo work done by the creative gentlemen of Art and Sons, Madison, WI.

Expanding Nationwide

We CAN'T WAIT to be able to sell nationwide in a more expansive and accessible way. Currently we can only distribute to stores in Wisconsin, and must sell retail to the rest of the United States. Our new HACCP plan will make this possible. Here is a map of where we sold our meats online for the month of May 2013:

Music in our Kickstarter video by: the amazing Dietrich Gosser. He works with us here in Madison, Wisconsin, and just put out a new album. Give it a listen here.

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

The bright side is... this business has been running effectively and efficiently for state-wide distribution for the last two years. Any risks or challenges that may arise with the success of this project is probably similar to ones we've overcome establishing the business.

An obvious challenges is that if everyone and their mother chips in for a salami stick (or two), our shipping dates might have to be fudged. But we've got a lot of inventory, and we would gladly take on this challenge.

Either way, we'll be super communicative of how things are going on our end. THANKS. BIG TIME.

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    The Shout:: Show your support for our open-sourced education model. You will be individually thanked on our website, undergroundfoodcollective.org. We appreciate you.

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    One Salami:: You'll receive 1 hand-crafted Underground Meats salami right to your door! The salami is made in Madison, WI, and will be a stick from our small format product line: Saucisson Sec, Goat Salami, Spanish Chorizo or the Finocchiona.

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    One Bag and One Big Salami:: You'll receive a limited-run Underground Meats screen-printed canvas bag PLUS two hand-crafted Underground Meats salami right to your door. The bags- from the lovely Baggu in NYC - are made of 100% recycled cotton, and screenprinted with the Underground Meats logo. The salami will be from our 5 oz large diameter product line which could be our Peperone, Soppressata, or our Tuscan Salami.

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    The Tour:: You'll be invited to tour our Underground Meats meat-processing facility in downtown Madison, Wi. You'll be able to experience, step-by-step, how we produce our own salami, and then taste different types of hand-crafted salami at the end of the tour.

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    The Holiday :: Enjoy the delivery of a packed-full holiday gift box featuring: four types of our charcuterie, artisan cheese, an assortment of Underground-Made pickles, jams and cookies/crackers, all packaged up and delivered right to your door, or gifted to another!

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    The Pass :: THREE TIMES, walk into Forequarter restaurant and get seated at the next available seat. Find the host, flash your pass, and your party of two can skip the 1.5hr wait to get a table at the nationally-acclaimed restaurant. We'll have our daily cheese plate ready to greet you as you sit, on the house. THREE TIMES!

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    The Ticket:: You'll receive one ticket to our hands-on Whole Hog Breakdown Class. Classes are held monthly, includes lunch & refreshments from Underground Catering, and we send you home with 8lbs of the meat you've butchered.

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    The Subscription:: Join our first-ever salami club! You'll be granted a one year Underground Meats Salami Subscription. Sample our entire collection over the course of one year, including our limited edition holiday recipes; each month's bounty includes the salami of the month description as well a personalized note from the meat experts.

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    The Knowledge :: You'll be granted the once in a lifetime opportunity to intern alongside our crew of experts at Underground Meats for up to three days PLUS a custom, limited-run screen-printed Underground Meats tote. Learn the ins and outs of our state-registered meat processing facility. Includes a full tour of Underground Meats and Underground Butcher. Take home up to 8 lbs of your own butchered heritage-breed pork goods.

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    The Real Deal :: We look forward to providing you with our expert online consultation to HELP DELIVER YOUR BUSINESS ITS VERY OWN HACCP. Whether you're a sole proprietor looking to make your salami-making safe, or your commercial business is looking to make the next big step, we've been there. We will share with you our resources, answer any and all questions and tackle that dreaded HACCP together.

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    The Decadence:: You'll be offered a private salami & cheese party for 6. We can send one of our salami experts into your (presumably Madison-area) home to showcase a tasting of Underground Meats salamis, as well as artisanal Wisconsin cheeses. Your personal caterer will be available to discuss the salami-making process with your group. Shipping options available, outside 120 miles. Includes pickles, olives & breads.

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    The Butcher's Day:: You and six friends will receive a private Whole Hog Breakdown class at our Underground Meats facility in Madison, WI. We provide the pigs, and everyone can take home 8lbs of their own butchered heritage-breed pork cuts.

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    Dinner & A Show: A 6-course family-style dinner for you and six friends at our nationally acclaimed restaurant Forequarter located in Madison, WI PLUS a private tour of our state-registered (soon to be USDA-regulated!) Underground Meats meat-processing facility in downtown Madison, Wi.

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    Rock the House :: Forequarter restaurant is YOURS for a night. Pick 30 of your closest friends, pick your favorite Monday night, and throw the best party you'll ever have. Food and drinks are on us.

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