You know that feeling you get when the many places you've been & the many tastes & smells you've experienced suddenly collide at once? Mussaman Corned Beef is fusion deja vu, a blend of Southern Thai & traditional Irish American all in one.
You should make your own corned beef because it's A) AMAZING, B) stupid easy, C) three ingredients if you count pickling spice as one ingredient (and I do because lazy), D) so easy you could prep it drunk on Guinness or Sunday brunch mimosas.
This is a great food preservation 101 post on curing salmon in salt to create glorious Gravlax. Pirate Jeni shares the process, the history of gravlax, & instructions to make your own aquavit (a Scandinavian flavored spirit caraway/lemon/dill).
FSC Contributor Becky H shares her experiences of buying a half pig and butchering it herself with lots of pictures explain each cut. She also shares a detailed recipe of how to prepare and smoke a ham.
Luscious duck breast prosciutto cured in the convenience of your cool clean cellar or secure outdoor shed. And fast! Juniper berries and peppercorns envliven the rich meat and luscious fat. A most satisfying cold weather project.