I like hard salami with the pepper around it.... but I buy it already sliced packages to have with swiss and fruit... and you are right a little goes a long way.
I am just seeing packages of different kinds of sausages that say '"No Nitrates" or "Nitrate free" I just wanted to know what the impact is to the shelf life.
for what its worth Here is a recipe for making Corned beef:
towards the bottom in the comments someone said she did it without the pink salt and it tastes the same just doesnt have that color.
Then another commented why stop there why not make Pastrami too..... instead of cooking it in the spices you roll it in pepper and herbs and smoke it.
I know i sound like a broken record because I talk about doing stuff but never do it. the barrier here is this isnt my house. I want to learn as much about this stuff for when I move home. At home I will barely have telephone much less internet. Books are all good but....
When I get up there I will be almost off grid. the nearest grocery store will be sixty miles away. So my best bet is to buy enough beef to last me a year and freeze it or preserve it some how. In order to get frozen foods up there I have to Bring a couple of coolers down
thats why I am also reading up on home preserving..... Veggies meat fish ... and I want to make my own dogfood from trimmings.
Because when i move up there I will be living on social security and what ever online jobs I can get.
I definately have a smoker on the list. but a drier would be easier made here. Our humidity stays in the low 20s High teens. so all Id have to do is provide air ciruclation and bug protection...
If I ever get my own garden going it will be mostly fruit trees and hydroponics. I may even do some raised beds if I can figure out how to keep out the wild life. Most gardens here are enclosed and look like chicken runs. Wire all over and down under the ground. But I have seen raised beds made with cattle panels.... I could do that.... anything i can roll a wheel chair up to. Not there yet but will be eventually. so i am planning for the possiblity
Past poultry: Buff Brhama, EE, Barred rock, Wellsummer,
Bantam mixes, Araucana, Turkeys, & Guinea Fowl.
Future poultry: Guinea Fowl, Sumatra, Wellsummer, Muscovy
"A dream without a plan is just a wish" Katherine Paterson