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Gift Ideas for Meat Curing & Smoking

Here are my top picks on some novel suppliers to try, useful tools & books for info or inspiration that are worth giving to someone or giving to yourself! But only if you have been good…. (or bad). Curer/Smoker Toys & Equipment Tube Smoker – Cold Smoking, adding smoke flavor to a grill (simple tool, many applications) – simple and …

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How To Equilibrium Cure or Brine Bacon (Calculator & Tool)

So it was a bit of a revelation discovering how to equilibrium cure or brine bacon, it means I had control over the level of saltiness that you taste (rather than guessing with the old covering the bacon with the salt method). I’ve been making my own bacon for about 20 odd years. I’ve tried dry curing and wet brining …

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How Does a Pellet Smoker Tube Work? (Smoking Guide)

How a pellet tube smoker works is pretty simple, but there are quite a few different ways that you can use it that I love. I’ve had a lot of fun playing around with pellet tube smoking both cold smoking and hot smoking on various different types of smokers. I looked around for ages trying to find the right type …

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What Does Charcuterie Taste Like? (Cured & Smoked Meats)

The tastes of charcuterie vary greatly but I’m going to really try and describe the ones that I have eaten a lot of, bought and also made at home. Dry cured and smoked meats are probably the cornerstone of charcuterie in the modern interpretation, but I want to also cover off on what charcuterie is from the traditional French interpretations. …

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How Much Curing Salt Per Pound of Meat? (Tool & Calculator)

Meat Curing Calculator Tool Method Equilibrium Dry Curing or Equilibrium Wet Brining Meat Weight lb kg g Pink curing salt % Salt % Water % % Calculations Pink Curing Salt 1.59 g or 0.056 oz (optional depending on preference or recipe) Sea Salt 15.88 g or 0.56 oz Water 0.181 litres or 0.048 gallons Recent tweaks – adjustable water for …

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Simply Best Cold Smokers For Fish (Salmon and Any Other Fish)

When I started to catch a few fish in my early years, I got interested in cold smoking and over the years I have worked out better ways to cols smoke fish. I have tried a whole bunch of techniques and different equipment with some results being epic wins and some failure to learn from. The biggest lesson is, you …

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Cold Smoked vs Hot Smoked Bacon – Which is Better?

Smoking bacon either with the cold or hot smoked method can both lead to some excellent outcomes. There are quite a few differences and remember, pretty much all the bacon you buy will be cold smoked. I have tried both hot and cold smoking using various different techniques and equipment. So I thought I would share what I’ve learned over …

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What Does Cold Smoked Mean? (Sausage, Bacon, Cheese Yum!)

The meaning of cold smoked has really changed in our modern commercial times, with a focus on flavor – hey that’s a good thing I think. Cold smoking is an ancient form of preservation and nowadays a way of flavoring instead of preservation – since we now have modern refrigeration to take care of our foods. Cold Smoked experimentation seems …

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How Long Does it Take to Cold Smoke – Meat, Vegetables & Cheese

The time it takes to cold smoke, will, of course, depend on how much smoke flavor you want and what food your cold smoking. I have experimented using a whole bunch of different food types and kit. So I thought I would quickly give a rundown below on cold smoked meat, vegetables, cheese & of course bacon times. I recently …

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How Much are Cold Smokers? Easiest & Thrifty Equipment

It’s actually quite surprising how cheap a basic cold smoking setup is, There are some variables for cold smoking, generally, doing it at home is easy. Hopefully, I can highlight the best options depending on what you want to cold smoke and where you are at on the cold smoking journey. I started cold smoking about 15 years ago, talking …