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How to make corned beef

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Brining beef brisket to make corned beef

One of the many curious things I remember about my childhood is corned beef hash, an odd dish of potato and corned beef served up on those nights when mum seemed to have run out of inspiration. It was always made of mashed potato, with corned beef similarly mashed right into the potato, then fried until [...]

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Tasso ham – first steps in smoked meat

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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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Rhubarb, ginger and chilli pickle

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Rhubarb, ginger and chilli pickle

This time of year always brings the first glut of the season - rhubarb. One day, there's none, but the next, there are vast parasols shading slender stems rocketing skywards, growing thicker and darker day by day. Rhubarb is the most hardy and forgiving of vegetables, and it is a vegetable and not a fruit, [...]

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How to preserve lemons

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How to preserve lemons

I have this theory about people who cook. It involves their cupboards. I think that you can tell if somebody is serious about cooking, and I mean really serious, after a quick rummage through their kitchen cupboard. That might sound obvious, but it's not the weird and the wonderful I'm looking for. Everybody has barely [...]

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