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Best Book for Sausage Making (Sausage or Salami)

If you search for the best book on sausage making, you will find a lot of books about this topic on Google, the good old algorithm. However, you want the best of the best. One answer that will give you that answer is someone who actually reads them, crazy! I want to make sure you’re getting the best book if …

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Is Cold Smoking Bacon Safe? (Detailed Answer)

Cold smoking bacon and whether it’s safe or not comes down to how you go about it. Just think about the bacon in supermarkets, most are cold smoked actually. I’ve been cold smoking bacon and other cured meats for nearly 20 years, and my blog is all about curing and cold smoking. It all started when I had some friends …

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Curing Bacon at Home (Guide, Links and Pictures)

Cold smoking bacon at home is probably my favorite type of curing and cold smoking that I do. I have refined my process over many years and wanted to share a breakdown step-by-step on how I do this. For me cold smoked bacon is real bacon. The other main method is hot smoking bacon until it’s cooked means you really …

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Dry Curing Vs Wet Brining for Meat Curing

The two main methods of curing meat are dry curing and wet brining. I have done both methods in various ways over the years, and it will be helpful to provide explanations about how I do it. As well as which method suits different types of meat curing better. I start with a quick summary of each method and then …

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Smokai Cold & Hot Smoke Generator Review in Detail

Being a super keen guy on curing and smoking all kinds of stuff, I’ve spent hundred’s if not thousands of hours smoking over the years (not just meat either). As I’ve learned many of the in’s and out’s of cold smoking over 20 odd years, like everything I’m still learning. But it’s kind of become second nature too. Smokai is …

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Cold Smoking Process, Theory & Equipment

There is some mystical of cold smoking, maybe it’s the 1,000’s of years of tradition hard-wired into out genetics, maybe. Maybe not. I’ve spent a long time, compiling – what I think is a very useful resource for a full rundown on cold smoking meat (obviously), fruit, spices, or whatever you come with. It’s a part of meat curing that …

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Can Raw Beef be Preserved by Salt? (Popular Options)

You might want to savor your prized cut of beef, but can raw beef be preserved by salt? Whether you are looking to enrich your diet with a high-protein source of beef, or you are simply looking at how to make your share of beef last for longer on your shelf, you might be curious about how to preserve it.  …

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Which Deli Slicer for Jerky? (That produces the goods!)

Which is the best deli slicer to use for slicing up your jerky, well here are some ideas I put together. When looking to prepare your own jerky at home, you might opt for a device designated specifically for this task. But, if you are looking to use your expertise in meat preparation outside of just jerky, then you might …

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Difference Between Cured Meat vs. Smoked Meat

Cured meat and smoked meats cross over in some ways but are also different, let’s look at both in detail. While both methods offer their own unique advantages (and flavors) to meat, curing vs.smoking meat has unique properties that make them quite distinct from one another. I’ve been keen on all types for year like dry cured meats made in …

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Is Cured Meat Cooked? (Some Examples and Explanations)

Cured meat is delicious! But is this so called cured meat cooked? Well cured meat covers a MASSIVE fluid category. But lets cover the basics. Through the charcuterie fad that stems from a centuries-old tradition to the need for protein that will last on a long backpacking adventure, cured meat continues to rise in popularity all over the world. I’ve been …