Modern conveniences have made most of us accustomed to one primary method of long-term meat preservation. Without a doubt the freezer has become an essential tool on every homestead, but what happens if you run out of space or have limited access to electricity? Fear not my friends.
In this podcast episode, I’m joined by my friend Derek Smiley, a veritable expert in all things regarding meat preservation. In this episode, we cover dehydration, smoking, canning, freezing, freeze drying, salt curing, and more.
Derek discusses the pro’s and con’s of all of these preservation methods, the best uses for each technique, and some of his favorite equipment. With over 25 years of experience in this field, Derek is sure to have valuable information for you, whether you’re a complete novice to a seasoned homesteader.
Podcast Episode Highlights
- Common ways to preserve meat today
- Why it’s a good idea to preserve meat in a variety of ways
- How to use a freeze dryer for preserving meat
- Best tips for dehydrating meat
- Best salts for preserving meat
- Dehydrator vs. freeze dryer for preserving meat
- Dry curing meats: tips & types of meat
- Wet curing meats: tips & types of meat
- Best tips for smoking meat
- Tips for dealing with a butcher and finding uncured meats
- Nitrates: Are they necessary for bacon and preserving meats?
- Botulism: why it’s important to follow the rules for proper preservation
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Do you need some guidance on your food preservation journey? Email Derek directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or connect with him on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/thesmileyfarm
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More Preservation Tips:
- My Favorite Ways to Preserve the Harvest
- Podcast episode: How to Preserve Food the Colonial Way with Jonathan Townsend
- Best Resources for Safe Canning
- My course Learn How to Can will help beginners gain confidence in using water-bath canners and pressure canners
- My Heritage Cooking Crash Course will show you how to make heritage foods, including making sausage, cheese, bread, & more.