preserving

Beef jerky

How to make beef jerky

People have dried meat to preserve it for thousands of years. The practice seems to have arisen independently in both South America and Africa, with the two traditions cross-pollinating with the Spanish conquests of the Americas. The Native Americans eventually adopted the Spanish word for their dried meat, ‘charque‘, changed the inflection and morphed it [...]

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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

Hipster hamster food? 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 love kimchi? Kool kids do indeed love kimchi. And rightly so. Yes, it’s fashionable right now to ferment anything [...]

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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 [...]

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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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