Recently there has been a resurgence in pickling, canning and curing at home. The art of charcuterie and salumi is no exception and more people are beginning to try their hand at making their own cured meats and sausage at home.
Curing salmon couldn't be easier! I used wild sockeye salmon, salt, sugar, dill, black pepper and grapefruit infused gin. The gin can be replace with vodka or aquavit, or omitted, but it does add a citrusy, piney depth to the fish flavor.
Ben Meyer, of Grain & Gristle, makes his own (outstanding!) cured and smoked bacon on a weekly basis for his restaurant. He clearly demonstrates the steps in this video so you can too. So much better than store bought!
Cured meats are expensive and packed with chemical insanity. My feralized version is cheap and takes maybe five minutes hands-on. (Plus ten days of so of curing.) I'm not sure if it worked yet, but if it doesn't you can learn from my mistakes!
My first attempt at making bacon was a resounding success: proof that making bacon really is easy! Get a pork belly from a local farmer, order some pink salt and choose some favorite herbs and spices - Get ready for delicious!