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Meat Curing

What It Is And How It Works
Friday, December 16, 2016, 8:02 PM

An introduction to the concepts and techniques of curing meat with salts.  Also a few recipes to give you some historical inspiration.

http://waldenlabs.com/meat-preservation-curing/

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Smoking Meat

Methods and tips for success
Thursday, May 7, 2015, 6:59 PM

Before freeze drying or refrigeration, people would preserve foods by smoking them – especially meats. Smoke would extend the shelf life for the winter and add flavor while making the meats tender.

Now, smoking has evolved into a fun way to add tons of flavor to your cuts of meat. You might think that it’s as easy as putting meat on the grill – but it’s a very different process. Here are some things to consider when you want to smoke meat: » Read more

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The Lost Art of Sausage Making

A traditional method of meat preservation
Friday, October 17, 2014, 10:12 AM

The basics of DIY sausage making and a bit of history to this now uncommon process of home meat processing and storage.

http://gameandgarden.com/cooking/the-lost-art-of-sausage-making/ » Read more

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Photo by Romulo Yanes

End-of-Summer Food Preservation Guide

Primer on food preservation methods
Monday, September 1, 2014, 1:09 PM

A great overview of the many different techniques to preserve food and put away the bounty of your garden.

http://www.motherearthliving.com/food-and-recipes/food-preservation/food-preservation-guide-zm0z14sozpit.aspx

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Vacuum Sealing Corn: Phil William

How to Preserve Sweet Corn

Putting up your harvest
Friday, August 22, 2014, 9:32 PM

I really like sweet corn, but most of my corn comes ripe around the same time, so I can only eat so much fresh. The rest, I think blanching and freezing is the easiest and best way to preserve that sweet corn taste.

1. Pick your sweet corn at the proper time, not too late, and not too early. The best time to pick the corn is when the silk on top of the corn husk is brown and dry. » Read more

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Food Storage Made Easy

Visit a Mormon cannery
Sunday, March 27, 2011, 12:43 AM

The events in Japan - stripping grocery shelves and leaving thousands of families without food, water, electricity, or sanitation - provide us with grim motivation to assess our own levels of personal resilience. How prepared are you if a similar disaster (natural or man-made) were to suddently strike where you live?

I, for one, still have more gaps than I would like. Like many folks, I've been genuinely intending to get around to filling them soon, but noble plans have little value the moment after the unexpected occurs. As Chris often says, it's immeasurably better to be a year early with your preps than a day late. » Read more