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Dry Cured Meats of New Zealand

There are a few dry-curing meat producers in New Zealand but due to globalization, you can get now many imported portions of meat from Spain or Italy. However, in New Zealand, some areas have the quality of the soil, farming practices, feed, and dedication to animal husbandry which produces the outcomes that are desired. That is the cornerstone to achieve …

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Dry Curing Vs Wet Brining for Meat Curing

The two main methods of curing meat are dry curing and wet brining. I have done both methods in various ways over the years, and it will be helpful to provide explanations about how I do it. As well as which method suits different types of meat curing better. I start with a quick summary of each method and then …

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Smokai Cold & Hot Smoke Generator Review in Detail

Being a super keen guy on curing and smoking all kinds of stuff, I’ve spent hundred’s if not thousands of hours smoking over the years (not just meat either). As I’ve learned many of the in’s and out’s of cold smoking over 20 odd years, like everything I’m still learning. But it’s kind of become second nature too. Smokai is …

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Cold Smoking Process, Theory & Equipment

There is some mystical of cold smoking, maybe it’s the 1,000’s of years of tradition hard-wired into out genetics, maybe. Maybe not. I’ve spent a long time, compiling – what I think is a very useful resource for a full rundown on cold smoking meat (obviously), fruit, spices, or whatever you come with. It’s a part of meat curing that …

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Can Raw Beef be Preserved by Salt? (Popular Options)

You might want to savor your prized cut of beef, but can raw beef be preserved by salt? Whether you are looking to enrich your diet with a high-protein source of beef, or you are simply looking at how to make your share of beef last for longer on your shelf, you might be curious about how to preserve it.¬† …

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Which Deli Slicer for Jerky? (That produces the goods!)

Which is the best deli slicer to use for slicing up your jerky, well here are some ideas I put together. When looking to prepare your own jerky at home, you might opt for a device designated specifically for this task. But, if you are looking to use your expertise in meat preparation outside of just jerky, then you might …

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Is Cured Ham Considered Processed Meat?

Cured ham is delicious, but is it considered processed meat like the rest of them. Perhaps your mind has wandered into a random search, or maybe you are looking for healthy alternatives for your family to consume on your everyday sandwich. Ham has many variations as well, but since it’s a cured product, this site is all about all the …

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Cured Meat vs. Processed Meat (Insights and Links)

Is there a difference between cured meat versus processed meat? Since this site is all about cured meats, I’ve dived in deep to what is the differences and some misinformation that exists around the interweb too. Looking closer at how meat is prepared, you can begin to appreciate the craftsmanship that goes into the process. It’s not like following a …

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Why Choose a Vertical or a Horizontal Sausage Stuffer?

Choosing a sausage stuffer can be a difficult decision- why choose a vertical or horizontal stuffer? Apart from shape what can you expect. I had exactly the same question. Whether you are a newbie or are an experienced sausage stuffer, you likely recognize that using a device that was specifically designed for this purpose is a must. There are two …

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How Much Does a Deli Slicer Weigh? (Weight Means A lot)

Deli slicers are handy, but what I have found it, for my application weight has a big impact. If you have ever been to the deli, then you have likely stood fascinated at how quickly and easily the deli slicer is able to slice through a large cut of meat. You might want to bring this device into your kitchen …