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Salami Season 2017! Home Made Bacon Recipe, Curing Salt Guide, Double Barrel Smoker!

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Well, Salami Season is almost upon us once again, and as always, we have you covered for all of your smoking and curing needs. In this edition of the newsletter, we highlight some new products that have arrived just in time for the start of Salami Season which we're really excited about.

We also include our ‘Beginner’s Guide to Home Made Bacon’ which is already proving a smash hit and spotlight a couple of Home Made Bacon ‘Kits’ from our online store.

We’ve also taken the time to put a quick guide to Curing Salts. We constantly get asked about the difference between the 3 Cures that we sell during this time of year, so hopefully we can answer a few questions you may have been wondering yourselves!

As always, we want to continue to encourage our subscribers to continue to send us the fruits of their smoking and curing labours! Please send recipes and pics to recipes@smokedandcured.com.au to share your recipe with our 10,000 readers, and also be entered into the monthly draw to win $50.

And as a final reminder to our customers, we now offer flat rate, Australia wide shipping (excluding remote locations) for just $9.95 - no matter how much you order! Perfect for filling a basket with Salami Season goodies!

Happy Smoking!

Brenton and Ben.


New Product Spotlight!

Professional Quality Semi-Automatic 10 Inch Electric Slicer

Semi Automatic 10" Slicer

Take your Charcuterie hobby to the next level with this professional quality Stainless Steel Electric Slicer.

Features:

● Top Quality Design and Materials
● Built-in sharpener
● Fixed ring guard for safety, and the meat carriage is removable for easy cleanup
● Stainless steel constructed blade
● Compact footprint
● ETL Sanitation and ETL Listed
● Great for slicing vegetables and cured meat, making it a good fit for small delis, restaurants and home enthusiasts
● Full 1 year warranty

$549.00 + only $9.95 postage and handling

Check out full details and specs here.



Misty Gully Double Barrel Cold Smoker double barrel
Check out our brand new Misty Gully Double Barrel Cold Smoker.

Use it in any smoking unit, hooded BBQ or grill and create your own cold smoking chamber! Professional smoke results in just about anything!

Two stainless steel barrels mean you can mix and match your woods to create your own unique flavours and aromas.

Use one, or both barrels. Provides up to 5 hours of smoke.

Two barrels burning in close proximity creates double the smoke and slightly faster burn times for added flavour and intensity.

Just add pellets, light at the end, and start seriously smoking! Only $44.95.



Tasmanian Smoked Salt

smoked salt
Amazing New Product! Hand crafted in Micro Batches, this delicious smoked salt is the best we have ever tried. From the Tasmanian Wilderness, Australian Sea Salt is hand smoked 6 times with native hardwoods, to give an incredibly deep, rich and intense smokey flavour that will blow you away.


The perfect garnish for any meal, and an amazing substitute for normal salt in making charcuterie. Package Size 160g, $19.95.

Check it out here



Misty Gully Bendable Basting Brush

basting2bastin1These are super cool. High-Quality design. Bendable, to allow you to re apply baste all over your larger cooks.
Easy wash, easy use. Only $14.95.

Salami Season Curing Salts Guide

Cure #1 6.25% Nitrite - 500g $8.95 - Use when you are making products that call for a curing period of 2-10 days. Examples include Bacon, Ham and Corned Beef. Follow all recipes precisely, but as a rough guide, use 1 teaspoon per 2kg of meat.

Cure #1 2% Nitrite - 500g $8.95 - Specially designed for very short cures (under 48 hours). Perfect for making your own jerky. Follow your independent recipes precisely, but also as a rough guide, use 2 teaspoons per kg of meat.

Cure #2 6% Nitrite, 4% Nitrate - 500g $8.95 - The pantry staple for Salami Season... Cure #2 is what you need for all longer cures - when making salami and all charcuterie with curing periods longer than 10 days. During the curing process, the nitrate content will slowly break down and essentially turn into nitrite to continue the curing process over an extended period. Again, precise measurements when using cures are a must - follow your independent recipe precisely. However for a rough guide, use approx 1 teaspoon per 2kg of meat.

Curing salts are also sometimes referred to as Prague Powder, Instacure or Pink Salt (not to be confused with Himalayan Pink Salt). All Curing Salts are dyed pink for safety reasons.

In large doses, nitrites and nitrates are not safe for human consumption and can be poisonous - so when using curing salts - always be precise! Keep out of reach of children and pets.

Only a very small amount of curing salt is required as per your recipe, and this amount will differ slightly, but please remember for a typical brine or dry cure you will be adding a lot more salt and sugar compared to curing salt. This is why the curing salt has been cut with normal salt, as only a very small amount of sodium nitrite is required – it makes it easier to measure and it’s safer for the home user as well.

When you need to add additional salt to a cure, it's always recommended you use Kosher Salt, which we also sell here. Misty Gully Kosher Salt is an authentic Koshering Salt in that it is manufactured at a larger, squarer grain size to regular salt, making it ideal for soaking excess moisture content from meat, easier to handle as a seasoning, fast to dissolve and also very tasty. And most importantly, Kosher Salt is extremely pure, so unnatural flavours and other unwanted elements will not be added to your delicate smoking and curing cooks.

Beginner's Guide to Home Made Bacon

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Making your own Bacon at home is safe, easy, fun and most importantly, delicious. Once you try this simple recipe, you'll never eat store-bought bacon again!

We have a Beginner’s Kit available here, where all you need to add is meat, an oven, a fridge and a fry-pan! Great value for money.

And if you want to take it to the next level - check out our new 'Ultimate Bacon Pack' - serious discount with over $130 off.


Step One: Choose your cut

You can use pretty much any pork cut to make Bacon. For a traditional English/Australian style bacon, you’ll need a cut of loin and belly. For Canadian bacon, loin. And for American style streaky bacon, pork belly is ideal. (In the example below, we use pork belly)

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Step Two: Prepare your cut

Trim away excess fat and try to square up your cut. Choose to keep or remove the skin (rind). The rind will shrink considerably during the curing process, but by removing it - you will allow for the cure to do it's work more easily.

Step Three: Measure your cure

For beginners, we recommend Misty Gully’s Maple Bacon Cure. Not only is it delicious, but it takes the worry about measuring nitrite to salt levels away, and means you’ll achieve a lovely maple flavour every time. Use 40g per kg of meat. If you do not have a smoker and would like to add a traditional smokey flavour profile, add 1 teaspoon of Misty Gully Hickory Smoke Powder per kg of meat to the mix. Add 1/3 teaspoon of ground black pepper per kg of meat.

Optional extras: if you want to spice things up even more, add any one or more of the following- ground coffee, honey, maple syrup, thyme, coriander seeds, mustard seeds, paprika, bourbon…

If using your own cure: you will need Cure #1 (6.25% Nitrite). You will need ½ teaspoon per kg of meat, mixed with ¼ cup Kosher Salt, and ¼ cup of Sugar or Maple Crystals. If you do use your own cure, make sure you are precise with measurements.

Step Four: Apply your dry cure mix

Thoroughly rub the dry cure mix into your pork. Be sure to get right into all folds and crevices.

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Step Five: Seal and Refrigerate

Put your pork into your zip-lock bag or air-tight plastic container, expel the air, and seal then put into the fridge. As for how long to cure your bacon in the fridge for, it will depend on the size of your meat. We suggest a day per 500g of meat. Curing your bacon for longer than the recommended time will result in a saltier end product.

Step Six: Turn it over

Every 24 hours, turn your pork over. You will notice liquid will be building in the zip-lock bag. This is a good thing, don’t drain.

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Step Seven: Soak your meat

Remove your bacon-to-be from the zip-lock bag, rinse under the tap, then soak for 60 minutes in room temperature water. This should remove excess cure.

Step Eight: the Pellicle

Remove from the water and pat dry with paper towel. Place on a plate and refrigerate uncovered for 6-24 hours. During this time, the meat will develop a shiny skin, known as a pellicle. When smoking, the pellicle is important as this is what absorbs much of the smoke flavour you trying to imbue.

Step Nine: Bring your Bacon up to temperature

Your pork is now cured and is ready to be pre-cooked. This is the final step in turning pork into bacon.

For best results, use a smoker. This will give you a true smokey bacon taste. Pre-heat oven to 110 degrees Celsius. Add your wood chips. We recommend Apple, Maple, Cherry or Hickory.

If using an oven, pre-heat to 110 degrees. Spray your bacon with Misty Gully Liquid Smoke.

Place bacon on your bacon hanger and hang from the top rack of your smoker or oven.

Check the internal temperature regularly and cook until it reaches 68 degrees Celsius – this will take approximately 75-90 minutes.

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Step Ten: Cool your bacon

Remove from the bacon hanger and place bacon in the fridge to cool for 60 mins.

Step Eleven: Slice your bacon

You’re now ready to cut and cook! Slice to your desired level of thickness. We recommend rough cut, thick rustic slices.

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Step Twelve: Cook your bacon

Cook as desired. Your bacon will last for up to 3 weeks in the fridge or 3 months in the freezer!
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PRODUCT REVIEWS

Every newsletter we write, we really enjoy going through our product reviews to pick our 3 winners of the $20 store credit. Thank you for taking the time to review our products and for giving us the feedback, they really help.

Congratulations to Mark Halse, Anthony Zann and Luke Kirby!

Please remember to submit your name in full for any reviews as it helps us identify you as the winner.

Alaskan Salmon Brine Mix
I didnt know it would be so easy 5 Star Review

Posted by Luke Kirkby on 8th May 2017

I began making smoked salmon and trout using this brine having never used a brine before. I couldn't believe how much this product enhanced the flavour. The first piece i tried straight out of the smoker was that good i didn't even ask my wife to try :)


Misty Gully Liquid Smoke (210ml)
The Life of Brine 5 Star Review

Posted by Evans on 12th May 2017

Added 1 teaspoon of Outback Campfire Liquid Smoke to my normal fish brine of 3T brown sugar, 2T salt and 2 cups water and seasonings. Steeped 4kg of Spanish mackerel chunks in this for 5 hours, then air-dried on smoker racks. Great pellicle, great colour and appealing aroma.
50 minutes @ 110° with a long smoke of banksia cone chips and melaleuca pellets for juicy, flaky fish full of smoky goodness. Anybody who tasted wanted more.
I've been smoking fish for 25 years and I think I've found the missing link for a perfect brine.


Maple Bacon Cure - Dry Cure (1kg)
Excellent Bacon Cure 5 Star Review

Posted by Mark on 27th Apr 2017

Have used this a number of times, very tasty and easy. Would recommend it for anyone interested in curing their own bacon

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Happy Smoking!

Ben, Brenton and the Smoked and Cured Team!