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How to Match & Pair Smoking Wood for Flavor to Meat

Matching wood to meat can be really simple, I like to use the universal smoking woods as a first choice. Some flavors are better suited to the stronger types of smoking hardwood available. From my experience, I think they all lie on a spectrum light to strong. Light to medium wood has worked amazing for most meats. Strong woods which …

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Is Salami Ready to Eat? ( Uncured, Genoa & Beef Salami)

Ready to eat salami is found all over the world, there are some variations that I thought need to be clarified. It seems a few marketing/packaging people have confused quite a few people including myself at times! I have been making and buying salami for decades and I thought it would be helpful to breakdown the confusion around ‘ready to …

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Does Cold Smoking Preserve Food? (How Does it Work?)

Cold smoking food is a passion, the preserving effects on the food I have experienced first hand for quite a few different foods. It’s been amazing cold smoking various meats and also different types of dairy & vegetables. It’s one of those questions that so many people ask when I tell them about cured meat, “is it cold smoked?”. Dry …

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

Cured meat has many forms and some of my friends are ketoers and wanted to know whether cured meat is keto-friendly. So I thought I’d answer that question for anyone online because probably a lot of people would ask the same. Is Cured Meat Keto? A ketogenic diet is defined by a low carbohydrate diet. All whole muscle cured meat …

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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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How to Cure Wild Game Meat (Know How, Pictures & Tips)

When I first started curing wild game meat, I based my ideas on the techniques used for lean, dry curing and Italian recipes. The results were fantastic! At the end of the day, meat is meat, and wild meat is generally just leaner. Curing the meat allows a whole other level of appreciation from what you harvest in the wild. …

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How To Cure Meat to Make Jerky & Biltong (with Pictures)

I don’t often buy much red meat; I use a lot of venison and other red meats which I harvest and cure to make cured meats and definitely love making jerky and biltong. A lot of guys I know just by topside beef which works well and is a budget cut of meat generally speaking. I just wanted to do …

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Getting to Know the Main Ingredients for Curing Meat

The main ingredients for curing meats does vary between the different styles and methods, but one ingredient is always present sea salt. I love all the different styles I have discovered for cured meat and use rival in them at home. From cold smoking, hot smoking, low & slow to dry curing meats. That one ingredient that unifies, salt specifically …

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Methods 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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What is Salt Pork (How to Make it & Use it) – with Pictures

Salt pork is a form of cured meat, originally used for long term preservation before refrigration. In the sailor & prairie days, salt pork was very popular, I love to make and use it because it’s easy and tasty. It’s a simple recipe which you can do at home with really just sea salt. You can definitely give it some …