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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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Difference Between Sausages and Salami (Not That Simple)

The difference between sausages and salami comes down to how extended the process is, in essence, all salami were sausages at some point during the process. To really explain this properly, I am going to define what sausages are, as well as salami. To give some insight into the subtle and not-so-subtle variations. I have been making, crafting, and eating …

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ph Meter for Making Salami and Cured Meats at Home

For many years I’ve been making salami without testing the ph or acidity during the initial fermentation stage. ph Meter and acidity are very important aspects of dry cured salami. Eventually, over the last few years, I’ve decided to be more consistent and thorough in this regard. Though, I’ve used starter cultures, either fast or slow action – I’ve been …

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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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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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How to Make Salami in a Smoker

I’ve enjoyed smoking salami in various smokers for decades, here is a breakdown of the different methods. Out of all the cured meats I make, salami and smoked salami are probably the least known. Often when you say ‘smoker’, it means cooking and smoking – otherwise known as Slow and Low Smoking, hot Smoking, or indirect cooking/smoking. There are many …

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Can You Make Salami at Home?

You can definitely make salami at your home! What I have noticed is that there are different styles of salami you can make at home and that sometimes get confusing. I’ll give an overview of different salamis that you can make and the process for each style also. Some salamis I make at home take just a day to make, …

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Salami Making Kit and Different Kit Styles

Salami making can be done with quite a few different types of kits. For someone new to salami, a salami kit is a logical idea. However, not all salami kits are the same! Salami is a mysterious artisan craft, and I believe it’s not just a recipe but a process where you are using salt, acidity, and sometimes cold smoke …

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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 …