preserving

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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Ferment, Pickle, Dry, by Simon Poffley and Gaba Smolinska-Poffley

Ferment, Pickle, Dry, by Simon Poffley and Gaba Smolinska-Poffley

Not exactly. Maybe. OK, yes. No. That's not fair. This is a book about the Holy Trinity of preserving, namely fermenting, pickling and drying. Three related but very, very different processes. Kool kids do indeed love kimchi. And rightly so. Yes, it's fashionable right now to ferment anything that doesn't move fast enough, but there's [...]

Books

Ferment Your Vegetables, by Amanda Feifer

Ferment Your Vegetables, by Amanda Feifer

I'm a big fan of rotting vegetables. Perhaps i should rephrase that. I'm a big fan of vegetables that have been allowed to decompose in a controlled and safe way, that is, to ferment. Fermentation is a wonderful thing, a chemical reaction that changes matter from one state into another. It's at the heart of [...]

Books

How to make corned beef

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

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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