Meat

How to make bresaola

How to cure beef to make bresaola

So, it's January, and it's very, very cold at the moment. That means that now is the perfect time to cure some meat and hang it out to dry in a shed, outside of a refrigerator, without too much fear of death from botulism. I exaggerate slightly - botulism is very rare, and basic hygiene [...]

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How to make pulled pork

How to make easy pulled pork in a slow cooker

I'm one of those people who take photos of  food to post on Instagram. I make no apologies for this - it's what Instagram is made for, but sometimes the application of a vintage filter on a perfectly normal photograph makes it look a little ... different. Just take a second to look at the picture [...]

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Chorizo Scotch eggs

Mexican-style chorizo Scotch eggs

It's interesting, isn't it, how things come together? Do you find sometimes that a particular thing you did a long time ago comes back around in a spectacularly unsuspecting way? This happens to me often. At work, we call it 'planting seeds', an odd comment or email dropped here or there that's designed to give [...]

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Tasso ham – first steps in smoked meat

Smoked Cajun Tasso ham

Preserving meat ... sounds like something that could go badly, botulism-riddled wrong, doesn't it? Charcuterie is a a slightly daunting area, and it isn't an undertaking to be taken lightly. I'm nowhere near ready to cure and air-dry a whole leg of pork, or equipped to maintain the specific temperature or level of humidity suitable [...]

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