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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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Which Deli Slicer for Jerky?

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

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Cured Meat vs. Processed Meat (Insights and Links)

Is there a difference between cured meat versus processed meat? Since this site is all about cured meats, I’ve dived in deep to what is the differences and some misinformation that exists around the interweb too. Looking closer at how meat is prepared, you can begin to appreciate the craftsmanship that goes into the process. It’s not like following a …

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How Much Does a Deli Slicer Weigh? (Weight Means A lot)

Deli slicers are handy, but what I have found it, for my application weight has a big impact. If you have ever been to the deli, then you have likely stood fascinated at how quickly and easily the deli slicer is able to slice through a large cut of meat. You might want to bring this device into your kitchen …

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What Cured Meat for a Classic Antipasto Platter?

If you are preparing a classic antipasto platter, certain cured meats are classic, and others are highly recommended! When constructing a classic antipasto platter, you will want to use cured meats, including the classic salumi of Italy, such as Prosciutto/Parma Ham, Pancetta, Dry-Cured Salami, Coppa, and Bresaola. Whether preparing dinner or an appetizer for your next social gathering or family …

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Which Charcuterie Meats Do Not Have Nitrates?

Charcuterie meats are delicious but do not have nitrates – I use nitrates personally when making some aspects of charcuterie. I’ve studied, bought, and investigated many non-nitrite/nitrate options around the world in detail. I’ve done a fair amount of research worldwide about this. If you are looking to prepare a delicious charcuterie board, your taste buds are probably already dancing …

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History of Preserving Meats (Cured Meats)

While the concept of preserving meat might seem relatively straightforward, the history of this process is anything but. As you will learn in this article, it spans thousands of years, many different cultures, and several meat preservation methods. I’ve been blown away by the depth of cured meats, as much as this site is all about sharing my passion and …

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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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Who Invented Charcuterie? (Also Modern vs Traditional)

Charcuterie has become rather popular throughout the world, but who invented it? Traditionally composed of assorted meats and cheeses with modern twists incorporating everything from bread and fruits to dessert boards, charcuterie has certainly transformed over time. Even over the years of writing this blog about charcuterie, salumi, and cured meats, I’ve noticed the interpretation of charcuterie. But, with all …

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Unique Ideas for a Charcuterie Board Without Meat (No Meat Allowed)

Creating a charcuterie board without meat will require creative ideas, so it isn’t all about meat. I wanted to share some of my non-meat unique ideas with you. Thinking of differing ideas can take a bit of creativity, so we have come to help. I’ve created some unique ideas below without meat! Of course, limiting yourself to these meatless options …

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How Much Charcuterie (Cured Meat) Per Person?

Charcuterie (cured meat) is all the rave, but how much do you need per person? Especially when it comes to charcuterie boards and antipasti platters. Delightfully delicate, savory, and rich, charcuterie and all that this cured meat platter offers will wow your guests. If you are the host, using charcuterie is a fantastic way to provide food for everyone’s varying …

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Is Cured Meat A Type ofCooked (Examples and Explanations)

Cured meat is neither cooked nor raw Dry. Cured meat is often about preserving through using salt, drying, cold smoke, and acidity reduction. The flavor is often enhanced with dry-cured meats due to this drying process, less water, more intensive flavor Cured meat can be dry-cured salami, cooked salami, salt pork, dry-cured salumi, and many other variations. Cured meats can …

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Why is Salami Not Refrigerated?

It can serve as a delicious treat, but why is salami not refrigerated – it’s meat, right?! There is a little more to it since some salami can be salt-preserved and dried rather than smoked/cooked. After reading books, learning, teaching and visiting salami factories, I’ve noticed this question gets asked a lot, so here is the short and long answer. …

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Can Salt Pork Be Eaten Raw?

Salt pork makes for an incredible addition to many dishes; it does come in different forms whether it’s bought or made at home as well. I’ve both used many brands and made salt pork at home; through this helpful site on cured meat, salt pork does get questioned and queried a lot. In its purest form, it’s salt and pork …

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Cured Meats That Are Not Pork (Some Ideas and Inspiration)

When many people hear “cured meats”, they first associate this with pork – but there are many cured meats that are not pork. Likely, if you are looking at preparing a charcuterie board, you will be well versed in your search for cured meats. But, with many of them being pork-based, you might want to change things up. This might …

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Is Salt Pork Belly Easy to Cook? (& What to Do With It)

Salt pork belly adds incomparable flavor, but is it easy to cook, and what do you do with it? Here are some useful ideas with recipes and a helpful rundown on what salt pork is, since I make it – I know a little more than your average food blogger. I’ve made all types of cured meats, and salt pork …

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Is Salami Charcuterie? (Salami vs. Charcuterie vs Salumi)

Of the many things to put on a charcuterie board, salami is one, but does it fall in the category of charcuterie? Charcuterie boards have been steadily rising in popularity, from dining around a friend’s kitchen island with a glass of wine in hand to residing on global restaurant menus. Its popularity increases the curiosity about which meats are considered …

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Explained – Is Salami Keto? (Carbs Table Different Salami)

When it comes to being Keto-friendly, I wanted to discuss whether salami falls into that category. Now, since I make, teach, and have studied salami for a few decades, I thought I would write a helpful article that covers it accurately with citations. Yes salami is keto because 2 thin slices (small to medium) of 0.2-0.4oz contained up to 0.0035 …

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Salt Pork Spoiling and Going Bad (Also Ways to Store it)

People get a little confused about salt pork, it’s preserved but does it go bad? It’s a salt-cured piece of meat, but there are variations, of course, in how it’s made. Certain commercial types aren’t made to last (more on this below). Salt pork has a lengthy off-the-shelf life due to its curation process. Homemade salt pork- that is soaked …