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Cured and Hot Smoked Trout Recipe

I want to dive deep into what I’ve learnt and also about tips and tricks on how to cure and hot smoke trout at home or when you are outdoors. I’ve been curing and smoking trout for 25 years, as well as, catching probably over a thousand trout across New Zealand. The odd one also in Scotland when living on …

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How & What to Do with Different Cuts of Deer Venison Meat

Since I was hunting and harvesting meat in my teens, I was trying to come up with ideas on how to honor and add extra value to the meat I worked for in the wild. Now 20 or so years later, I still use a lot of wild venison meat cuts for many projects, and often for meat curing and …

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How to Cure Ham so it’s Not Salty

The question is – how to avoid the ham being too salty; because after brine curing or wet brining the ham you want the result to be perfect. Buying a big chunk of ham or using a precious piece from a pig you’ve reared – it’s a beautiful thing! It should not be too salty to be enjoyed. This blog …

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5 Ways to Cook a Trout on the Campfire (Methods)

I love fishing, catching, and cooking trout on an open campfire, either at home in the backyard or in the bush. I’ve tried many ways, and I’ll review each below. Ways to Cook a Trout on a Campfire As a young kid, I had the special ability to catch trout nearly every time I went out (after a few years, …

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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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Simple Way to Smoke Trout in a Portable Smoker

Over the years, I’ve smoked hundreds of trout, & used a portable smoker in quite a few different ways. I wanted to share my ‘simplest’ way and easiest style of hot-smoking trout on a portable, simple smoker. Simple Way to Smoke Trout in A Portable Smoker I couldn’t find it online, so I thought I would post this easy-to-follow guide, …

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Easiest Way to Age Venison (Deer) In Your Fridge

I wanted to share some incredibly easy ways to age venison in a normal kitchen fridge. All you really need is one clear shelf on which you can fit a baking tray or oven tray. A friend introduced this method to me about a decade ago, and it is easier than all the other, more complicated methods that require a …

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

When I first started curing wild game meat a few decades ago, 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 leaner. Curing the meat allows a whole other level of appreciation from what you harvest …