A few hours later, the crystallized muscovado sugar was dug out of the coolers and packed into hogsheads--wooden barrels or clay pots--and left to dry on rafters in the curing house
Put the ham or shoulder in a good cloth sack (a feed sack or you can make a sack) with the shank down and hang it in the smoke house or curing house
One of the reasons for such smooth channelling may be that the curing houses
act as agents of the Coffee Board.
The Cuban government says the island's tobacco industry suffered $47 million in losses as a result of two back-to-back hurricanes that ravaged Pinar del Rio province this year, including damages to 11,172 curing houses.
Official figures show that 6,043 of Pinar del Rio's 14,500 curing houses were totally destroyed.
Lopez said only 102 curing houses
are still standing in his town--home to some of Cuba's choicest tobacco-growing lands--compared to 1,800 before the storm.
Planting season does not begin until next month and remnants of January's harvest are protected in curing houses
Over 11,000 tobacco curing houses
have been rebuilt since the storms, whose heavy rains and sustained winds of over 100 mph devastated eastern Cuba in September and October 2002.
It also rapidly depletes the soil of nutrients, requiring heavy chemical fertilization, and in many countries, forests are clear-cut to fuel the curing houses