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Exploring the Preservation Role of Cold Smoking Food

Cold smoking food is a passion; the preserving effects on food I have experienced firsthand for quite a few different foods. It’s been amazing cold smoking various meats and also different types of dairy & vegetables. When the meat is cold smoked, it becomes preserved and will last months longer without freezing. Cold Smoking is a form of drying the …

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The Delicious World of Cured Meat, but is Cured Meat Keto?

Cured meat has many forms, and keto is a diet that has some cross-over, it needs some explaining, however. I’ve been involved in keto as a lifestyle and personally tried many of the other diets and lifestyle programs. Since I have a deeper understanding of cured meats than most folks, here is, hopefully, some helpful information that elaborates since cured …

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What is Dry Cured Meat? Dry Cured Bacon, Ham, Sausage

One of my passions is dry curing meat it an old craft that can create amazing results, I get asked a lot about what is dry curing meat, many people think it has something to do with smoked meat. Sometimes it does get smoked, most of the time it doesn’t, depending on the recipe and outcomes one desires. Traditionally, dry-curing …

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Getting to Know the Main Ingredients for Curing Meat

The main ingredients for curing meats vary between the styles and methods, but one ingredient is always sea salt. I love all the different styles I have discovered for cured meat and use rivals in them at home. I’ve savored many years making recipes and using the craft of cold smoking, hot smoking, low & slow to dry curing meats. …

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Steps on How to Cure Meat with Salt (with Pictures)

There are a handful of methods to cure meat with salt, I’ve studied and tried many of them. Curing meat has so many different variations; the meat curing world is infinitely much larger than Italian classic salami or salumi. This post is an overview to explain each step and how I use salt to cure meat in different ways. When …

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How to Choose a Meat Slicer for Thin Cuts (with Pictures)

Choosing the right meat slicer took me some time, I did a lot of research and found a few pitfalls. So I thought I would share some info to help avoid getting the wrong piece of kit. KEY POINTS How to Choose a Meat Slicer for Thin Slicing The day I bought a proper meat slicer for cured meats, I …

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How to Make Awesome Bacon at Home- (Variations & Guide)

After a few decades of studying and making bacon, I want to share what I’ve learned to help you discover how to make bacon with accurate salt perception so you can enjoy it exactly how you like. Being a huge bacon lover, I’ve tried quite a few techniques and styles on how to make bacon at home. I have showcased …

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Tools & Equipment for Smoking & Grilling Meat

I get asked a fair bit what ideal gift ideas someone who loves smoking meat would want. So here is a breakdown of what I find super useful for someone who loves smoking and grilling. Sometimes you just want to know what other equipment could help bring out the best in your cooking. Tools for any Style of Meat Smoking  …

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Beginners Guide to Smoking Meat (Techniques & Pictures)

As a beginner, once you get your head around the basics of smoking food it just gets easier and easier. Rather than dealing with each different smoke technique, this is a beginner guide to go over all the approaches you can do at home that I have learned over the years. I’ve learned, practiced, and taught people all the different styles possible. …

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Methods of Curing Meat

The different methods for curing meat date back thousands of years. Although the methods have been refined over the years, the essence of curing meat still remains the same. Dry curing and smoking meat is all about the preservation effect of salt. I researched its history and have used these methods for several decades. This site offers many articles based …

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How To Cold Smoke -The Complete Guide (Meat, Fish, Cheese)

I’ve been learning how to cold smoke for a few decades, I thought it would be hard. It’s not, like everything it’s a process, however, it’s also a craft. For some reason, it’s perceived by people as being really confusing. I’ve read 5 books on cold smoking, so I have diligently gone through and picked out the best practices having …

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How Much Does a BBQ Smoker Cost? Charcoal, Electric or Gas

I am always interested in all kinds of smokers and how much they cost. I spend too much time in the BBQ stores, that’s for sure. I’ve been to many BBQ conferences, festivals, and events. I love smokers and the flavors you get from them, with meat but also heaps of dairy and vegetables. The old kettle classics and the …

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What are the Easiest Smokers to Use? (Simple Rundown for Beginners)

Here is a handful of easy-to-use smokers that could suit the beginner or someone who wants simplicity and great smoke flavor. I’ve always been curious about the changes in meat smoker technology and how it is evolving; there are nearly a dozen different smoker types on the market that you can buy. I get asked a lot what the easiest …

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How to Cut Paper Thin Slices of Cured Meat (with Pics)

Slicing cured meat wafter thin can be done in many different ways. I have experimented with some techniques and gone all-in with specific knives and a decent deli slicer. So I thought I would share some ideas for different cured meats. The harder or more dry style cured meat like prosciutto or coppa, can be quite a challenge. A sharp …

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Smoking Woods for Smoking Meat (Chart with Varieties)

Meat & wood selection can get a bit confusing. There is a huge selection, sometimes I buy it. Most of the time somebody is trimming an apple tree or grapevine and I get ample wood stock. Blind taste tests have highlighted the variations are mainly whether it’s a ‘light’ hardwood or a ‘heavy’ hardwood. However, the internet reviews of woods …

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What is the Difference Between Hot Smoking and Cold Smoking?

Smoking meat in general seems to get confusing especially hot and cold smoking. Seeing a lot of artisan smokers and practicing it myself – I thought it would be helpful to clarify the difference. There is one fundamental difference between hot and cold smoking that I will explain in detail. It is to do with temperature. I will attempt to …

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Which Salt for Meat Curing? Quick & Dry Curing or Smoking

There is salt, and there is curing salt, I hope to help explain which salt is for which application in this post. When I started meat curing and had never heard of Prague powder, pink curing salt, instacure, and many others, now, I thought it would be useful for others to know what I have learned. It makes bacon taste …

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50 Examples – Cured Meats, Charcuterie & Salumi of the World

Here are 50 examples of common and some cured meats you might not of heard of. I could have easily written 100 salami variations, but decided to focus on familiar & interesting unique flavors of the meat curing world! Maybe you want to find something for an epic charcuterie board or just want to learn a bit more about various …

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Cured Meats for Backpacking & Camping

I take cured meats camping and fishing often and love the outdoors. I want to help you see why certain cured meats are perfect for your journeys and adventures. I’ve used every cured meat style worldwide and share this knowledge with my writing and videos through this site. What are the Best Cured Meats for Backpacking & Camping? If you …

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Equipment for Meat Curing Guide – What You Do & Don’t Need

The equipment for curing and smoking meats can be quite simple, and you may already have what you need. It is a vast category that has evolved into a skill and craft with numerous options that can be done at home. We will break down all the necessary steps, whether you want to dry cure, hot smoke, cold smoke, or make a healthy protein snack that will last for a while, such as jerky (which can be stored in a cardboard box if desired). It’s all cured meat! To start with I …