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#3384081 - 10/02/13 08:21 AM Venison Bresaola: start to finish
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Mud Dauber
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Back in August, BuckWild's freezer crashed on him and he stored the contents at my place. Some of the meat had already thawed so I went on a bender with some Charcuterie experimentations. Most of them came out exceptionally well, others failed miserably.

Charcuterie is a really interesting thing. Most of the time with meat, you think in terms of days. Cooked or uncooked, you have anywhere from 3 to possibly 10 days worth of meat before it becomes inedible. Through ancient and rather simple processes of preservation using salt and airflow, the shelf life of meat can be extended indefinitely. It is sort of an "afterlife" for meat, if you will.


For the salting stage, I took two one pound pieces of backstrap and coated them each with a mixture of whole black peppercorns, sea salt, brown sugar, coriander seed, juniper berries and cure #2. This is a simple "old world" combination of spices. Cloves are commonly used in these type of ingredient mixtures as well.

The salted cuts of meat were placed in a airtight bag and then in the refrigerator for 7 days, turning the bag once a day.

Following the salting stage, the meat was rinsed off and then patted dry. I then wrapped them in cheesecloth, weighed and tagged each cut of meat and hung them in the curing fridge for 7 weeks.


Upon removal and weighing, the backstraps had shed 30% of their weight. There was some cheesecloth stuck to the meat, but this was easily removed by rubbing with bit of red wine.



You can see that the internal texture is smooth as glass. The meat has a deep, rich, complex flavor. For bresaola, generally, you serve the meat cut in razor thin slices with a spicy mustard. Apples or pears and a cheese plate would also go well with it. They are stored in the fridge wrapped in a butcher paper.
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#3384421 - 10/02/13 11:43 AM Re: Venison Bresaola: start to finish [Re: Poser]
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Very nice!
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#3384738 - 10/02/13 02:54 PM Re: Venison Bresaola: start to finish [Re: TAFKAP]
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ziplock and mail it to me
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#3384861 - 10/02/13 04:09 PM Re: Venison Bresaola: start to finish [Re: jb3]
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That looks simple enough. I am definitely going to try that as soon as I get my hands on a deer.
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#3384903 - 10/02/13 04:32 PM Re: Venison Bresaola: start to finish [Re: BamaProud]
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 Originally Posted By: BamaProud
That looks simple enough. I am definitely going to try that as soon as I get my hands on a deer.


Here is the actual recipe for the salt/spice stage: http://gocarnivore.com/2013/10/02/venison-bresaola/

Its fairly important to have the correct, or close to the correct, salt to meat ratio, however, you can also just wing it with your portions and even through in other flavors, too. This is a good, simple starting point.
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#3384950 - 10/02/13 04:59 PM Re: Venison Bresaola: start to finish [Re: Poser]
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 Originally Posted By: Poser
This is a good, simple starting point.


Excellent, exactly what I have been looking for. Now I just need a deer. Or maybe I'll try it on a piece of Beef first.

Thanks for the link.
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#3384953 - 10/02/13 05:02 PM Re: Venison Bresaola: start to finish [Re: BamaProud]
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Thank you, Poser. Gonna add this to my list.
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#3385303 - 10/02/13 08:40 PM Re: Venison Bresaola: start to finish [Re: TX300mag]
BamaProud
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Where do you buy your Cure? I see it sold by the pound in a few places...online but I don't plan on curing a Brontosaurus.
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#3385311 - 10/02/13 08:43 PM Re: Venison Bresaola: start to finish [Re: BamaProud]
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 Originally Posted By: BamaProud
Where do you buy your Cure? I see it sold by the pound in a few places...online but I don't plan on curing a Brontosaurus.


I order it as well as casings from Butcher and Packer Supply. You can get LEM brand Cure #1 at bass Pro, but it's not a good price at all.
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#3385326 - 10/02/13 08:48 PM Re: Venison Bresaola: start to finish [Re: Poser]
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is that..........(gump).........



raw?
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