The fine people of Chianti are very clever with the humble pig - so much so that they created a doppelganger for tuna using pork in a dish called Tonno di Maiale - or 'Tuna of Pork'. Check out this simple dish here and prepare to wow your friends.
Already made enough jam? Try these two less-common ways to preserve plums. Prunes are an easy dehydrator project. Umeboshi is a Japanese pickled plum that is a bit more involved, but mouthwateringly tart and salty.
Homemade bacon is much tastier than store-bought and is so easy to make! Here is a brief introduction to cured meats, a link for buying curing supplies, and recipes for two homemade bacon varieties: sweet tea + bourbon and peach + molasses.
Homemade cured salmon (lox) is easy to make, and is about half the cost of store-bought lox. Homemade lox is also free from nitrite preservatives. This recipe uses smoked salt to approximate the flavor of smoked lox.