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How & What to Do with Different Cuts of Deer Venison Meat

Since I was hunting and harvesting meat in my teens, I was trying to come up with ideas on how to honor and add extra value to the meat I worked for in the wild. Now 20 or so years later, I still use a lot of wild venison meat cuts for many projects, and often for meat curing and …

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Why is Homemade Salami so Hard to Make?

Making salami at home can be challenging and hard due to the complexity of the product and project. I have learned a lot of lessons over the last 10 years of making many different varieties of salami at home. Certain types of salami are a lot easier to make than others as well. Any type of cooked or hot smoked …

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Designs for a Meat Curing Chamber (and Factors)

I’ve seen many different designs for meat curing chambers, from Prosciutto Parma Ham factories in Italy through to many home curing chamber DIY conversions, 5 so far. The design factors that are used are all very similar and you can replicate these things at your home or buy an ‘out of the box‘ solution as well. Since charcuterie and meat …

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Can the SteakAger Pro 40 be Used for Charcuterie

I have been testing & reviewing the SteakAger Pro 40 for quite a few months now with salami, dry-cured bacon, and whole muscle charcuterie at home. Due to my passion for meat curing and smoking, I have designed and set up various different types of DIY fridge conversions for the controlled environment ideal for making charcuterie-like salami and whole muscle …

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The Online Home Made Bacon Making Course (5 ways)

Bacon making at home can be done in many ways, I am putting together an online course that will show you literally every way possible that I know and have learned over 20 years. I’ve noticed online content has a massive variation in how bacon is made, also there is confusion over the ways you make it. Showcasing it has …

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What Meat is Used to Make Salami? (Meats That Are Used)

Making salami can be done with many different types of meat and there are many variations across the world. Salami isn’t just Pepperoni and Genoa! I have been fascinated with salami for a couple of decades and wanted to share what I have learned about commercial and homemade salami types. Salami has to have a minimum amount of fat, commonly …

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What Equipment Do I Need to Make Salami?

The equipment you need to make salami depends on the type of salami you’re aiming to make. I have been making salami for 20 years, with many different techniques and using a whole bunch of different gear. There are some definite tips I want to share that will help you avoid some frustration around producing quality salami. After doing some …

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What is the Difference Between Salami and Ham?

If you love dipping into the charcuterie board, there’s no doubt that you’re familiar with salami and ham. Both have so many variations! Since I’ve been passionate about this meat curing topic for decades, I’ve come across a truckload of style. With both often being pork products, they are sometimes used interchangeably. Both add fat and flavor to a dish …

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What Is a Good Substitute for Prosciutto?

If you can’t find prosciutto at your local market, you might be looking for a substitution. I will give a quick breakdown of other options, and mentioned some aspects about why they are good substitutes. Prosciutto is one of the more refined dry-cured meats since it’s often dried and flavors develop over the 9 months to 3+ years it takes …

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Is Bacon a Cured Meat? (Explaining Uncured vs Cured)

Bacon is a cured meat that comes in many different variations, I have made bacon for 20 years and bought and enjoyed many varieties over the years. Bacon is by far considered one of the most popular meat products due to its amazingly robust flavors and versatility of use. But there are some variations and details I want to talk …