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How Much Does a Curing Chamber Cost? $0 or Higher

Curing meat at home can be really easy, here is a breakdown of the different costs and ideas you can use to curing meat at home. I started curing meat a few decades ago, from my experiences, I hope that this quick rundown could give you an indication of what’s possible and maybe some inspiration to give it a go! …

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Does Hot Smoking Preserve Meat? (and Some Preserving Ideas)

When I started hot smoking meat, I did wonder if it had any preserving aspect to it.  I’ve been reading a lot of books on preserving and smoking, so thought I would share the answer, because I couldn’t find it online intially. It seems alot of people make the assumption that smoking is preserving. However, there is a difference between …

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How To Smoke Meat on a Gas Grill – (Pictures & Techniques)

I love my gas BBQ, and over the years I have tried a lot of methods to get the most out of my hot smoking adventures. It’s easy, and I reckon once you get the basics you are going to be hooked! How to Smoke any Meat on a Gas Grill BBQ Salt cure or brine meat Refrigerate and form the pellicle Heat up indirect burners & reach the …

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Homemade Dry Cured Meat – What is it? (with Pictures)

It’s a fascinating world of cured meat, dry cured meat is rather different to other cured meat. I hope this breakdown maybe raise your interest into a fascinated process and an important craft that has helped us humans along the path of history. What is Dry Cured Meat? Cured meat that has had had salt used to preserve it. Using …

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Best Cured Meats for Backpacking & Camping

I take cured meats camping and fishing often, I also love the outdoors. I want to help you see why certain cured meats are perfect for your journeys and adventures. What are the Best Cured Meats for Backpacking & Camping? Biltong Jerky Dry Cured Salami Bier sticks Kransky Speck If you want to learn how to make some dry-cured meat …

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

The equipment for curing meats & smoking can be really simple and you may have what you need. It’s a big category and it has morphed into a skill and craft with so many options you can do at home. Will breakdown all the bits and pieces whether you want to dry cure, hot smoke, cold smoke or make healthy …

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Definition of a Charcuterie Board? (Inspiring Pictures)

I wanted to share some inspiration and hopefully explain more about what is a charcuterie board. You see them around restaurants a lot. Many friends love my charcuterie boards, we put a lot of heart and soul into the ones we create. What is the Definition of a Charcuterie Board? The modern definition is a selection of food that offers contrasts, …

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How to Hot Smoke Fish (Pictures,Techniques & Temperature)

There are some key points when hot smoking fish, with a few techniques and temperatures you can use. Hopefully, I can share some of the successes I have had over the years. We will also talk about the different equipment for hot smoking, you can use. To say I love smoked fish is a super understatement. More often than not …

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Difference between Salami and Salumi – Definitive Guide

The Italian cured meats topic is massive, from living & visiting Italy – my studies of the traditional aspects have been up close and personal. Even venturing to Norca, supposedly the beginnings of salumi and dry-cured meat in Italy. From studying classic Italian meat curing for decades, here is a complete breakdown of the traditional Italian cured meat world. You …

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How to Form a Pellicle on Smoked Meat (Salmon & Bacon)

Here is a quick guide about the pellicle, and why it helps when smoking meat. I’ve been meat smoking for decades and have always been looking for helpful traditional & new techniques. I love smoking all kinds of meat, including store-bought, farmed & wild meat. I have learned how important a pellicle is for smoked meat. This easy guide will …