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Ventricina Teramana – almost original

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When I asked my sausage making Facebook friends what kind of salumi other than guanciale or 'nduja to make from a pork jowl, someone proposed vetricina teramana. I had heard of that sausage before but never tried it before, so I set off to make it.

Home Smoked Back Bacon

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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.

Home Smoked Beef Tongue

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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.

Cooked Ham In A Vacuum Bag

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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.

Horsemeat Salami – Cacciatorini Di Cavallo

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Some of the best salami I have ever eaten I was made with donkey meat. Donkey salami is almost uniquely made in Italy and Corsica. Unfortunately it is very rare, so in my quest to make something similar at home I resorted to horse meat.

Dried Duck Breast

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Magret de canard séché is a classic and easy to make French charcuterie staple. All you need is a little patience.