Bacon. The essence of cured pork. Is there actually anyone apart from veg(etari)ans who doesn't love bacon? So if you are curing your own meats there will inevitably come a day when you will also want to make your own bacon.
Tongue is another meat that does not have the best reputation. But if you think about it, the tongue of any animal is pure muscle meat, even though the texture is rather different from say steak. I have always loved tongue so when I saw an entire beef tongue on offer I couldn't resist.
In January I made pork rillettes which turned out very nice. Here is my take on goose rillettes. In principle the preparation is very much the same, but the fact that an entire bird is used makes the procedure and the logistics a bit more difficult.
Making a nice, succulent cooked ham at home is easier thank you think. All you need is a decent vacuum sealer, nitrite cure and spices to your liking. For my verison I simply used the French quatre épices spice mix.
Lard has gained quite a bad reputation in recent decades. Whenever the world "lard" is mentioned, the words "arteries" and "heart attack" are likely to follow. But meanwhile the tide has been turning also from the science side of the matter. In many parts of Europe lard with scrathings has traditionally been eaten as a tasty spread on bread, and it is both inexpensive and easy to make.
If you love French charcuterie as much as I do, you might want to give this a try. The recipe is fairly easy, and the result is delicious.
Magret de canard séché is a classic and easy to make French charcuterie staple. All you need is a little patience.
Rillettes belong to the great classics of French charcuterie. Essentially it is just meat that has been simmered until it is falling apart. In principle rillettes can be made from all kinds of meat. But the traditional varieties are made from pork (Rillettes du Mans) and duck or goose. There is even fish rillettes, but this has nothing to do with the original concept anymore.