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Temperature and Humidity for Meat Curing Chamber

Since curing meat in a curing chamber is a craft, temperature and humidity do not have to be exact, but more so within a range. When I started off and built my first meat a curing chamber over 15 years ago, I did a lot of research and read quite a lot of books to make sure I was on …

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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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6 Fantastic Spreads & Dips for Your Charcuterie Board

Dips & spreads are a great way to enhance any charcuterie board. I have some go-to classics that are always appreciated by friends and family below. Umami & Savory flavors are always a hit when putting some ‘bling’ on your charcuterie board, so I have a few tips to bring out the next level. Soft or hard – crackers or …

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Charcuterie|Cured Meat-Does it Need to be Kept Refrigerated?

Cured meat is a big category, and what you need to keep in the fridge or not depends on what the cured meat or charcuterie is. I love charcuterie and cured meats in all it’s variations, below is a quick answer with a table and a bit more detail answer for each meat below that. Also, I will touch on …

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Why is Charcuterie so Popular – Origin & History

I’m really glad charcuterie has got so popular, I’ve been experimenting at home and studying it for quite a few years now. The history and cured meat origin is fascinating and has morphed into some quite extraordinary in this modern era. So you could say it’s popular because it hasn’t got a lot of marketing or exposure until more recent …

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How to Make Charcuterie at Home (Bunch of Ideas to Try)

It’s a fascinating world when you start making charcuterie at home, there are many ways how to go about it and, of course, depends on what you want to have a go with. Many of the techniques are ancient and bathed in history, and I mean really old history (Roman times for prosciutto for instance -pork, salt, time & a …

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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 …